NC State heads to Florida to face Noles, who will likely be slightly upset

This one could get ugly if the Wolfpack doesn’t bring its A game, which I think most people have figured out is some form of basketball that NC State played in the second half of the Marquette game. It could get ugly despite anything State does. FSU is coming off a loss to Maryland Sunday and is not happy about it — the Terps snapped the Noles’ seven-game winning streak.

The 25th-ranked Noles are scoring more points per games than NC State and giving up less, at least so far, and are 8-0 at home. They have a post defender in Solomon Alabi who can probably handle Tracy Smith on his own, allowing for more consistent defense on the other four Wolfpack on the court at any given time. One key for State will be trying to get Alabi in foul trouble. Ryan Reid is serviceable and could also defend Smith, but he’s no Alabi.

And for those who thought NC State blowing a to Virginia Saturday was bad, you might want to hide your eyes. Last time the Wolfpack faced FSU it was a similar story. The Wolfpack played well through much of the game and had a 63-59 lead with 6 minutes to go before going as cold as it’s been in NC the last few weeks, scoring just two points over the final six minutes and losing 78-65.

NC State has had success against FSU, winning 15 of the last 19 meetings. The Wolfpack has also managed to win six of the last seven meetings in Tallahassee. But I get the feeling tonight’s game could be different.

Backing the Pack has a more thorough breakdown of FSU’s starting lineup and bench.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. I’ve considered using Cover It Live during the game tonight. For those who are unfamiliar with that software, it’s basically a chat-style window that would be up on the blog where people could chat about the game as it happens. There is a score feature which keeps up with the game. If you guys would like the ability to do that and talk about the game as it happens, let me know.

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40 Responses to NC State heads to Florida to face Noles, who will likely be slightly upset

  1. wolfpackattack89 01/12/2010 at 10:03 AM #

    you can chalk this one up as a loss

  2. Clarksa 01/12/2010 at 10:22 AM #

    It’s refreshing to see some positive attitudes about Pack basketball…I think we’ll play better because it’s on the road.

  3. D_Medlin 01/12/2010 at 10:27 AM #

    I agree that the Pack could play better on the road, but it’s going to take a strong effort to beat the Noles. Guys besides Tracy are going to have to step up because FSU is going to do everything it can to shut him down.

    I look for someone like Scott Wood or Javi to have a big scoring night.

    Let’s hope the Pack can get it done.

  4. packbackr04 01/12/2010 at 10:42 AM #

    i like our chances tonight because we have so many players that can create their own shots when Smith is shut down.

  5. Thinkpack17 01/12/2010 at 10:49 AM #

    Here is the FSU rundown of tonight’s game:

    Those of you that have really started to despise the “we play hard” and “we play together” propaganda (not confirming I think it’s propaganda) may want to skip the video. It appears it has spread beyond our 4 walls.

    In Soviet Russia, car drive you!

  6. bradleyb123 01/12/2010 at 11:29 AM #

    The Noles ought to be the ones that are worried. State is coming in having blown a sizable second half lead in their previous game. State’s going to come in there upset. Look out FSU!!!

  7. packfan03 01/12/2010 at 11:41 AM #

    That’s great! I thought the game was tomorrow, what a pleasant surprise. I think we’ll come out hungry tonight and play well. It will be interesting to see how their attendance looks.

  8. fullmoon1 01/12/2010 at 11:42 AM #

    At this point in the day we still have a chance to win. I have a feeling we win this one with no problem because if we are one thing it is inconsistant and we need a surprise win or two to reamin inconsistant.

  9. Class of 2009 01/12/2010 at 11:43 AM #

    Not who I want to play to “bounce back” from losing to a celler-dweller, but that’s what we get. The thing I’ve learned about this 2009-2010 team is that we can never be too certain what the outcome of a game should be. We “should” be breaking about even in our record about now based on pre-season expectations, but then again, we “should” have beat UVa.

    I think the motivation factor is almost a moot point since we are coming off a badly desired/needed ACC win. Not that we can erase a loss to the likes of UVA (one of the few “likely wins” we have left), but a road victory against FSU will do something to numb the pain.

  10. Bigzone 01/12/2010 at 12:07 PM #

    Should be intresting to see how Vandenburg plays tonight .
    This will be the first time he plays a 7’1 guy this year .
    My hope aren’t to high but we need this one.

  11. packbackr04 01/12/2010 at 12:38 PM #

    with the amount of speed and athleticism we bring compared to the Noles, this should be an easy W for the pack.

  12. Thinkpack17 01/12/2010 at 12:43 PM #

    Ok packbackr04,

    We get it. You don’t really mean the things you say. You are being sarcastic. You don’t think we will actually win tonight. Noted.

    I’ll give you an “LOL” too. We good?

  13. packbackr04 01/12/2010 at 12:46 PM #

    thanks thinkpack… i really needed that confirmation

  14. StateFans 01/12/2010 at 12:54 PM #

    It will be interesting to me if Solomon Alabi’s presence dictates that we play Jordan Vandenberg more.

  15. 61Packer 01/12/2010 at 1:05 PM #

    State’s “A” game in the 2nd half of the Marquette game, mentioned above, was for one simple reason: the Wolfpack shot about 74% for that half.

    State, right now anyway, is not a team that has any other way to offset a poor shooting game. There’s been no defense and not enough offensive movement to create second shots if the first is missed.

    I just had a colonoscopy this morning, and let’s hope there’s not a 2nd one tonight.

  16. Thinkpack17 01/12/2010 at 1:08 PM #


  17. elvislives 01/12/2010 at 1:24 PM #

    Let’s hope the game comes down to free throws.

    That’s right, according to Thinkpack’s rundown post, Florida State actually has a WORSE free throw shooting percentage than the Pack. Not sure we’re going to see State have the team match-up advantage in that category again this year.

  18. wolfbuff 01/12/2010 at 1:39 PM #

    I think we could actually win tonight. But, for all those reactionaries out there: if we do win, let’s not crown the Pack the ACC champs or NCAA bound. We’re neither. Accept it for what it is and enjoy the few victories we probably have left. Is it football season yet?

  19. packbackr04 01/12/2010 at 1:51 PM #

    “That’s right, according to Thinkpack’s rundown post, Florida State actually has a WORSE free throw shooting percentage than the Pack”


  20. Khan 01/12/2010 at 1:52 PM #

    I have seen nothing so far this season, outside a fluke high percentage shooting half against Marquette, to indicate anything other than a loss tonight at FSU. The odds are not in our favor.

  21. Wolfy__79 01/12/2010 at 2:05 PM #

    both teams are in the sixties as far as percentage. i think fsu is 63%? i don’t want to know what we are other than in the sixties. i think i read somewhere yesterday that we are around 50% our last four outings. these numbers are not worth my time talking about, just depressing. but i guess on a positive note.. it dulls the conversation that should be had about mindless turnovers. but on that subject, fsu is also fond of giving it away. a suprising equal matchup?

  22. Wolfy__79 01/12/2010 at 2:06 PM #

    even when NCSU has a great team, the odds are never in our favor. agreed?

  23. MP 01/12/2010 at 2:10 PM #

    NC State had better come out with a chip on its shoulder and play like they damn well intend to win this game, after blowing the UVA game. If they don’t have a certain attitude about them and have a “typical” ho-hum 8 – 12 point loss, I’ll have seen all I need to see. Tonight is a must win. That’s what you get for blowing the more obvious must-win against UVA.

    There is no room for any celebrating or carping if they do manage to win tonight. A win tonight just means they did their job, finally. It’s time for coaches, players, and fans to get serious about winning games and stop this feel-good we’re playing better than last year BS. That last game was the straw that broke the back.

  24. Khan 01/12/2010 at 2:18 PM #

    “Wolfy__79 Says:
    January 12th, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    even when NCSU has a great team, the odds are never in our favor. agreed?”

    I agree with this 100%.

  25. GoldenChain 01/12/2010 at 3:48 PM #

    The odds weren’t in our favor against unx or Pitt in football either and for that reason I would not be surprised if we accidentally won.
    …..then lost to UVa again.

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