It’s always a little harder to stay on top of real-time news nuggets during the holiday season, so I wanted to take a quick moment to share a few items from the last day or two that might be of some interest to you. Additionally, if you are looking for various topical conversations and you weren’t around yesterday to see the news then please make it a part of your normal routine to participate in the re-launched SFN Fan Forums!!!
The UNC-Greensboro game last night put a scare into #WolfpackNation. As frustrating as it is to lose a 17 point second half lead in any game, I am not going to harp on this performance as much as might be expected. At the end of the day, last night’s game was a two-day turnaround after an emotional loss during the holiday break on the road AT an in-state opponent. Folks, you gotta know when to just take the win and move on. It isn’t “Survive and Advance” in December; it’s more like “Survive and move on”. But, it is definitely some kind of survival. #JustWin
One of my favorite college basketball blogs, Rush The Court, had a great piece on how TJ Warren needs help from his teammates at NC State linked up and discussed here. Last night’s scare at UNC-G further proved this point. As with Missouri on Saturday night, Warren was tired again in the final 25% of last night’s game when he scored just two of his 24 points in the final 10 minutes and 43 seconds. Nobody stepped up for the Pack as Desmond Lee’s dunk was State’s ONLY FIELD GOAL in the last 10:43 vs UNC-G.
Coach Gottfried is going to have to find a different way to manage this team or State will fall apart in conference play. I don’t know if means playing more zone and not exerting as much defensive effort (*things I never thought I’d say about a Mark Gottfried coached team*) or if it means a change in the substitution rotation. But, we seem to be witnessing a trend.
Something that might have escaped your last night was that the same Tennessee Volunteer men’s basketball team that NC State defeated in Knoxville a couple of weeks ago went out and ROUTED the Virginia Cavaliers by THIRTY-FIVE POINTS! Don’t get too excited about that because we all know that by the time conference play rolls around and we get the ‘pleasure’ of playing Virginia with ACC officials we will all learn the REAL definition of frustration.
Don’t look now, but the Wolfpack Women have won ANOTHER game – and this time, it brought a tournament championship with it. Coach Wes Moore has been a godsend to the women’s program.
— NC State WomensBball (@PackWomensBball) December 31, 2013
In case you haven’t heard, Duke is playing in the Chik-fil-a Bowl tonight and David Cutcliffe is expected to be ordained as a the pontiff by the local media shortly thereafter (sarcasm). It looks like Duke will be playing in Johnny Football’s last collegiate game. It’s pretty interesting that Duke will be playing its second consecutive game against a Heisman Trophy winner. Don’t know if that has ever happened before. SFN tweeted the following related note yesterday:
NC State played in Brett Favre's last college game. Clemson got Michael Vick's last college game. Does Duke get Johnny Manziel's last game?
— statefansnation (@statefansnation) December 30, 2013
While we are talking about local football teams that wear blue, it looks like UNC will unexpectedly lose one of their starting offensive lineman for next season.
— Star-News ACC (@starnewsacc) December 31, 2013
Lastly, there is some big news for local and national radio in the area. Click through our link down there and read more.
— statefansnation (@statefansnation) December 31, 2013