Monday Musings

December 5, 2011

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Pack loses lead, game

With each trip to the foul line by Stanford, Lorenzo Brown could feel N.C. State unraveling.

By the end of the free-throw parade on Sunday at Maples Pavilion, there was nothing left of the Wolfpack after a 76-72 road loss to the Cardinal.

Stanford (8-1) hit 29 free throws, out of 34 attempts, to erase a 12-point Wolfpack advantage and send N.C. State home with its second-straight loss to a major-conference opponent and second-straight loss in which it held a lead in the final 8 minutes.

“We lost our heads towards the end of the game,” said Brown, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds. “The calls got to some of the players on our team. We started pouting. You can’t do that.”

Observations: Fouls and cramps hobbled Wolfpack

Junior guard Scott Wood fouled out for the second straight game, and that’s a pattern Gottfried would like to nip in the bud. Wood picked up three fouls in the first half, his third on a mindless offensive foul with 2:32 left in the half. He fouled out with 5:03 left after head referee Jamie Luckie called a double foul on Wood and Stanford guard Chasson Randle for getting tied up in the post. Gottfried said Wood, who finished with eight points, needs to play smarter. ”If you have four fouls, you can’t put yourself in that spot,” Gottfried said.

Holston lifts Wolfpack

N.C. State senior Bonae Holston has scored 1,286 career points, but it wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that she scored her first game-winning shot.

With the score tied 53-53 headed into the final six seconds, Holston, a 5-foot-11 forward, took a pass inside, turned and splashed a short jumper through the nets, handing the Wolfpack a 55-53 victory against South Carolina at Reynolds Coliseum.

Holston, who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, helped the Wolfpack (5-2) snap a two-game losing streak.

“When you’re a little kid, you dream about hitting the game-winning shot,” Holston said. “That was the first one in my life.”

N.C. State coach Kellie Harper, who called for a set play after Holston made a steal on defense, said jokingly, “That might have been something I would’ve liked to have known.”

Harper then said, “Maybe I didn’t need to know.”


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8 ACC teams headed to bowls

N.C. State won’t have to travel far to play in its third bowl game in the past four seasons. The Wolfpack, who became bowl eligible with a wild, come-from-behind victory against Maryland in its regular-season finale, will play against Louisville in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 27.

N.C. State is one of eight ACC teams that will play in a postseason game. North Carolina will play against Missouri on Dec. 26 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., and Wake Forest will play against Mississippi State on Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

For the first time in the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, the ACC will have two teams playing in BCS bowls.

Second Thoughts On The ACC Title Game

Virginia Tech came into the ACC title game on roll. Clemson essentially backed its way up I-85 to Charlotte, thanks to three losses in its last four.

Clearly, the Hokies were going to roll to the Orange Bowl, right?

Not in the ACC.

The league where the unexpected is expected delivered another plot twist on Saturday night, as the Tigers dominated Virginia Tech in the second half on their way to a 38-10 win.

Much like the Hokies, I find myself slightly dazed and asking “what happened?”

I’ll try to collect a few of my thoughts, though.

About 1.21 Jigawatts

Class of '98, Mechanical Engineer, State fan since arriving on campus and it's been a painful ride ever since. I live by the Law of NC State Fandom, "For every Elation there is an equal and opposite Frustration."

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12 Responses to Monday Musings

  1. DC_wolf 12/05/2011 at 10:10 AM #

    Thanks for the post, Jigawatts. I tend to agree w/Giglio, free throws doomed the pack on the west coast; anytime your opponent MAKES more free throws than you even attempt the writing’s on the wall – and you better have a supply of warm bodies on the bench.

    Which brings me to my key stat: playing time – over the last 2 games against Indiana and Stanford (2 quality, NCAA tourney caliber teams) SIX Wolfpack players averaged over 25 minutes played per game…


    We as Wolfpack nation may need to accept that while the team is displaying a remarkable level of effort and “want to”, there is a notable lack of depth. This may come back to haunt them later in the year unless the bench starts developing enough to relieve these top 6.

  2. rtpack24 12/05/2011 at 10:58 AM #

    Wood has to play smarter, he is ineffective in foul trouble and of course no help on the bench.

  3. old13 12/05/2011 at 11:26 AM #

    “We as Wolfpack nation may need to accept that while the team is displaying a remarkable level of effort and “want to”, there is a notable lack of depth. This may come back to haunt them later in the year unless the bench starts developing enough to relieve these top 6.”

    1. But for cramping, Calvin’s time would probably be higher, reducing the time of others.

    2. I’m not so sure that depth is the issue here. Gott has said he likes a rotation of 7 (preferred) or 8 at the most. With Calvin, DeShawn and Richard rotating the 4 and 5 slots, and CJ, Lo, Scott and AJ rotating the 1, 2 and 3 slots, it seems the depth that Gott wants is there. He has also used others for short relief which should be helping down the road. 30 minutes doesn’t seem like too much time on the floor for the starters to me. If seven players have equal game time, they play over 28 minutes per game; and over 25 minutes with eight players.

  4. old13 12/05/2011 at 11:34 AM #

    808, what’s the point? I think we already knew how his contract is structured.

  5. IMFletcherWolf 12/05/2011 at 12:34 PM #

    I don’t see that depth is a major issue for this team. A tight rotation of 7-8 is the way to go. Execution is the key. Wood fouling out on a dumb foul hurt us, along with more missed free throws from Howell and others. Turnovers and CJL’s injury in the second half also were negatives. BTW, somebody get that guy some Gatorade on the sidelines. This is at least the second game in which he has cramped.

    The team must learn how to win these tough games against good competition. Hopefully these loses will translate into wins when they begin conference play next month. I know Gott will use these games as teaching tools for the future.

  6. TruthBKnown Returns 12/05/2011 at 12:43 PM #

    TOB is not getting fired this year. Save that link to his contract for NEXT December.

  7. Hungwolf 12/05/2011 at 4:20 PM #

    I’ve thought Scott Wood has needed to play smarter for a couple years now. Foolish fouls, off balanced shots, etc.

    Is it just me or does Richard Howell miss way too many shots close to the rim, get his shot blocked way too often, and can’t make a free throw under pressure. Last two games Howell has missed free throws at critical times. Maybe we need to have him on the bench when the it is late it the game and the its close. Howell is one that needs to play smarter.

    Can we not get C J leslie some pickle juice, gatorade, or something?

    Have you noticed how much Bobby Lutz has Gottfried’s ear during the games? Lutz was a great hire.

    Been hard getting used too ESPN announcers saying so many postive things about our program. Clearly they all liked and admired Gottfried as a co-worker and rooting for him to do well at NCSU. I think our future is bright!

  8. lawful 12/05/2011 at 5:00 PM #

    Sorry, but it says a lot about the state of college football when eight teams from the ACC, including us, make a bowl game. Good luck watering it down a little more next year.

  9. mak4dpak 12/05/2011 at 7:00 PM #

    Hungwolf, I thought the exact same thing about Howell in end of game situations. He really sucks at that point, and unless Gott can change that, then he needs to be sitting on the bench. And with all the great props about DeTheay, why is he not playing. We need somebody to step in for Wood when he fouls out of game.

  10. 8pack 12/05/2011 at 9:59 PM #

    Gottfried said it tonite on his radio show…DeThaey is simply not ready. The missed games have him behind the curve. Seems to believe he will eventually be a contributor this year though.

  11. Wolfy__79 12/05/2011 at 11:13 PM #

    even though we lost yesterday.. i am pleased with the effort and the outcome will provide a lot of maturity for this team.

    scott wood simply has to stop with these silly fouls. i don’t have a problem with the last one (there was none), but he’s always flirting with cheap touch fouls. ..he’s better than that imo.

    calvin was impressive to me, he came out and set the pace for the team from the start. i don’t get the cramps but i think the training staff can work that out with him!

    da thaey, it was good to see him get into the lineup… after syracuse he should see more playing time i hope and be able to contribute more to offense and defense.

    richard howell is one of my favorite players but i still don’t know why. i think he just needs to get pissed and play with a chip on his shoulder.. i think he’s trying to play with too much finesse?

    ..but all in all, i’m very happy to see the team in a system where they can truly be evaluated and coached.. it is very clear to me that it wasn’t working in so many ways before. we were the better team for most of the game yesterday and lost momentum mid second half. i think they were “close” to getting it back towards the end but came up short. the good thing to me is that we don’t look like we’re clicking yet and we’re putting up some pretty solid performances against some pretty decent competition… can’t wait to see it all come together!

    as far as TOB & co. .. he just needs to handle another big east team and get some recruits.. i’m not thrilled with the current State but a W will go a long way. hopefully a new strenght and conditioning coach will lead to revamping some more staff!!

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