There has been alot of talk about our dominant frontcourt (rebounds anyone?), our new point guards and all of the new players but this Wolfpack team can only go as far as Courtney Fells will take it. I know that is alot to put on one player but I have three reasons why I believe this:
1) We have no viable backup at this position. Ferg isn’t going to cut it and Horner cannot guard a shooting guard. So if Fells is having a bad game we have no one to replace him. Maybe Johnson can be his backup but right now there is no reason to think so.
2) He is our best backcourt defender. He is a shut down defender that sometimes makes some mental errors (cough)UNO intential foul(cough) but with his length and atheletic ability he has proven he can give good offensive players trouble.
3) When he shoots well we win. Since he became a starter NCSU has won 11 games when he shoots better than 50 percent from the floor while only losing 2. NCSU is 11 and 13 when he does not. Also, when Courtney scores more than 13 points NCSU has a record of 10 and 2. The wolfpack is 7 and 1 when he both scores more than 13 and shoots better than 50 percent. (Note: there are a few games with missing box scores and thus are not a part of this analysis)
So watch his play against Michigan State tomorrow night. It is the key to an NCSU victory.