State used a very balanced attack to hold off a very spirited Georgia Tech today in Raleigh (boxscore).
Feel free to discuss today’s game in the comments section of the this entry.
Some quick hits:
===> The same two keys that we have highlighted for every game thusfar continue to be the primary two things upon which you need to focus to track the performance of the Wolfpack – Cedric Simmons’ presence on the court and the Wolfpack’s three point shooting.
Today, Simmons battled some bullshit foul trouble to be available long enough to lead the Pack to victory with the complement of 48% shooting from behind the three-point line. That is a recipe for a lot of victories.
===> The Yellow Jackets impressed me with their perseverance today. After some bad losses earlier in the season, this team should continue to improve under Paul Hewitt and may scare some folks at the end of the season. Unfortunately for them, those bad early-season losses and the weaker-than-normal ACC will keep them out of the NCAA Tournament unless they continue to over-achieve at a rate greater than I currently foresee.
===> As impressive as Georgia Tech was, the Wolfpack deserves tons of credit for perseverance today. Despite some shaky officiating, the Pack responded to every GT run with poise and production. Very, very nice!!
===> The officiating in Raleigh today was atrocious. Absolutely inexcusable. Georgia Tech got the better end of the inconsistent officiating for most of the first 33 minutes and then the Wolfpack enjoyed the benefits of some of the officials incompetence. (I am not going to let this die and will be sharing more on this in future entries).
===> State needs to shoot better free throws in future ACC games if we expect to win a close one or two. 66.7% AT HOME should be better.
===> Oh yeah…congratulations to Frank Haith and Miami for their big win in Chapel Hill today. The win helps State vaunt into second place in the ACC with a 3-1 record before traveling to Durham this Wednesday for our only game against Duke.
===> Herb Sendek extended his decade-long win streak over Georgia Tech (10-0) and improves to 16-5 against the Yellow Jackets all-time.
===> The N&O conducted a “Live Blog” during the game. The comments can be found here.