Important Affair with Hurricanes Today

Just because State lost on Tuesday night does not mean that you can underestimate the importance to today’s game. I look at the rest of the season as follows:

State needs two wins to feel good about securing an NIT berth (especially in light of the amount of tickets that we will no doubt sell to NIT games). We have to project that those two wins need to come against our two weakest remaining opponents – Miami and Wake Forest.

That would get the Wolfpack to 5 ACC and 15 overall wins.

As improbably as it sounds, every win after 5/15 is a step towards a potential NCAA bid that would only come if State was able to reach .500 in the ACC (with two remaining games vs Maryland as well as hosting VPI and traveling to UNC-CH and FSU.)

SO, today’s game against a similarly thin Miami Hurricane team is very important to Sidney Lowe and NC State. Coach Lowe addressed the depth issue this week and plans to use more players in Coral Gables today. The N&O says:

For the Pack, that probably will mean minutes for freshman guard Trevor Ferguson, who has not played the last two games, and possibly senor Braxton Albritton. It may mean more minutes for freshman forward Dennis Horner and senior Bryan Nieman.

I respectfully submit that the N&O missed the name of Darrell Davis in their projection. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Davis as opposed to Ferguson and Albritton. Additionally, I expect the Wolfpack to exploit the strong post play that goes with our height advantage in both Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley.

As usual, we will turn to Section Six for a great preview of today’s game.

The Hurricanes continue to maintain a guard-oriented attack, with Jack McClinton playing the (very) poor man’s Guillermo Diaz. They don’t shoot well, but they protect the basketball and they’re pretty good on the offensive glass even with a bunch of forwards missing in action. They’ve struggled to score on the road in conference play, but they’ve more than held their own at home–they have the fourth-best home offense in the ACC (112.9 pts/100 poss).

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06-07 Basketball General

37 Responses to Important Affair with Hurricanes Today

  1. wufpack 02/10/2007 at 5:32 PM #

    Right now, the NIT looks unreachable. With effort like this, where will we get 2 more wins? Heck, will 2 wins do it? That would be 15-15 with a first round loss. Do you have to be OVER .500, or can you get in AT .500?

  2. Par Shooter 02/10/2007 at 5:36 PM #

    Nice job by Big Ben dominating down low today since they have, like, no scholarship post players. And great job by the coaches to really get him involved. And our guards to look for him.

  3. DaPackster 02/10/2007 at 5:36 PM #

    This lack of energy reminds of some Herb’s team. Maybe Sidney will kick a chair or player to wake this up.

  4. Par Shooter 02/10/2007 at 5:37 PM #

    And please take Engin out. He’s making a fool out of himself.

  5. Par Shooter 02/10/2007 at 5:40 PM #

    Ah hell, I’m turning it off. I sit here wondering why I even give a shit. Clearly NOBODY in red and white (or a suit) gives a shit whether they win or lose. Why should I? I’m just sorry that none of our guys appears to even have an ounce of pride. I really liked Haith during the search and he is making Sid look like a buffoon today. I’ll be curious in 5 years to see whether we made a good choice. Haith was there for the taking and clearly the intra-conference thing isn’t a big deal as we feared during the bball search. With less talent Haith is looking pretty damn solid to me today – his guys are playing hard and ours don’t even want to be in the gym.

  6. PapaJohn 02/10/2007 at 5:42 PM #

    Typical Pack, win the ones we should lose and lose the rest

  7. wolfonthehill 02/10/2007 at 5:42 PM #

    Amazingly poor, embarrassing effort by all involved (except maybe Fells).

    I’m pretty sure I could grab double-digit rebounds against the Pack today.

  8. DaPackster 02/10/2007 at 5:42 PM #

    Is bowling on espn. Forget the NIT, I’m worry if they will let us in the ACC Tournament.

  9. wolfonthehill 02/10/2007 at 5:51 PM #

    Costner may be the worst interior defender in the history of the league. I cannot count how many times I remember him refusing to step up to take a charge this season, in key situations when he had plenty of time to do so. He just bails out & allows the layup. Poor.

    Nice rally by the Pack to cut it to 5, but a dagger fallaway three by Miami probably seals it.

  10. foz 02/10/2007 at 6:00 PM #

    Whatever happened to the ability to “comeback from any defecit” that we possessed earlier in the season?

  11. Jeremy Hyatt 02/10/2007 at 6:07 PM #

    does this have anything to do with being appropriate “hyped” up for the game, can we get emotionally ready for road games similar to at home, like when we played UNC? but didn’t we beat VT on the road? jekyl and hyde, landmarks of a young team finding their way perhaps..

  12. TNCSU 02/10/2007 at 7:20 PM #

    ^^^Still interested to see how we play in a game that we are actually favored to win.

    Ugghhh! I guess we found out!

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