Welcoming Eddie B. Home; State hosts UNC-A

Photo courtesy of Paul Biancardi’s Twitter account

NC State returns home from Sunday’s debacle in Puerto Rico to play host to a familiar favorite, the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs. I say ‘familiar favorite’ because the Bulldogs are coached by one of our our all-time favorite Wolfpackers, Eddie Biedenbach.

NC State is 17-0 all-time in meetings with UNC-Asheville. The last time the two schools met was last year’s season opener in Raleigh with the Pack posting an 84-75 victory in Coach Mark Gottfried’s first game as head coach of the Wolfpack. NC State is 77-9 all-time against Big South foes.

From GoPack – “Both teams enter Friday’s game looking to get back on the winning track after each experienced losses at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. NC State fell to Oklahoma State, 76-56, in the championship game of the event, while UNC Asheville is trying to stop a four-game slide. The Bulldogs suffered losses to Tennessee (75-68), Akron (82-63) and Providence (72-67) in Puerto Rico. Their streak began with a loss to UNC Wilmington, 67-59, in its second game of the season.

From NC State’s game notes

Eddie Biedenbach is in his 18th season as head coach of the Bulldogs, but he is a familiar face around NC State’s campus. As an NC State player from 1964-69, the native of Pittsburgh owns the distinction of being the only player in school history to be coached by Everett Case, Press Maravich and Norm Sloan. The wily guard, known as the “Pittsburgh Pirate” because of his defensive abilities, earned AllACC honors in his junior season of 1966 and his senior season of ’68, leading the team in scoring both years. In between, he sat out with a back injury.

After his playing career, Biedenbach became a Wolfpack assistant under Sloan and was responsible for recruiting some of the greatest players in school history, including Tommy Burleson, David Thompson, Kenny Carr and Charles “Hawkeye” Whitney. Biedenbach, who spent three seasons as the head coach at Davidson, returned to NC State as an assistant under Les Robinson, spending three years in Raleigh before being named head coach of the Bulldogs prior to the 1996-97 season.

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29 Responses to Welcoming Eddie B. Home; State hosts UNC-A

  1. PoppaJohn 11/23/2012 at 2:00 PM #

    Love you Eddie B! You are a great representative of the university. Good luck to you and your Bulldogs this season.

  2. Texpack 11/23/2012 at 3:47 PM #

    I remember him well from my days at Norm Sloan’s basketball camp.

  3. Wolf74 11/23/2012 at 4:26 PM #

    I’ve have talked to Eddie several times while in Asheville. A nice guy and he still keeps up with the latest on State. He has had some good teams while at UNCA (my second favorite UNC system school) and some bad luck when his 7’6″ center (Kenny George) got that foot infection. Kenny was a real nice guy and didn’t deserve that. I wish Eddie the best of luck (except when he plays State).

  4. highstick 11/23/2012 at 5:55 PM #

    I went over to the Winthrop Coliseum a few years back to watch Kenny play for Eddie against Greg Marshall in the Big South Tournament.

    Jeez, he was a big dude! I was really sorry to hear about the foot issue..but wasn’t it both feet? I could be wrong, but thought I read that.

    Fast Eddie has the quickest hands I ever saw..

  5. lush 11/23/2012 at 6:24 PM #

    Traffic pretty bad on the way in. Hopefully a second straight sellout to start the year. When is the last time that happened?

  6. PackFamily 11/23/2012 at 6:40 PM #

    Anyone else having issues with the ESPN3 feed? No volume and now switched to SD from HD

  7. gashousepack 11/23/2012 at 6:50 PM #

    I’m having issues with how they are playing…

  8. wufpup76 11/23/2012 at 6:57 PM #

    ^Agree, gashouse … Don’t look very sharp at all.

    Just don’t look very together.

  9. Texpack 11/23/2012 at 7:13 PM #

    We are going to lose this game. Effort and concentration aren’t one bit better than Ok. St. game

  10. nemesisj 11/23/2012 at 7:15 PM #

    We are playing horrible and I agree we’re going to lose if we don’t fix our attitudes.

  11. NCSU84 11/23/2012 at 7:20 PM #

    At the game now and it is halftime. We are not playing well. If Gott cannot turn THIS game around, we are in deep trouble.

  12. lush 11/23/2012 at 7:21 PM #

    Why the hell aren’t we dribble penetrating? It’s the only way to beat the zone. Purvis and zo can get to the rim at will, and yet we pass the ball around the perimeter untill we turn it over. Disgusting.

  13. hellfishtat 11/23/2012 at 7:33 PM #

    I hate to admit it, but I’m not impressed with the team so far. I hope they get their heads together, or OkState is going to beat them twice

  14. Texpack 11/23/2012 at 7:49 PM #

    Gassers tomorrow for the full practice win or lose. Everybody needs to puke.

  15. choppack1 11/23/2012 at 7:53 PM #

    I think Lo brown, Cj Leslie and amerson used the same training regiment in the offseason.

  16. WeAreCured 11/23/2012 at 7:54 PM #

    So much for being a final four caliber team… Making the tournament will be nice at this rate, as there are two more definite Ls on the horizon if this is who they are.

  17. WeAreCured 11/23/2012 at 8:01 PM #

    Turnovers, missed free throws, and terrible D. When you know who their scorers are and they still go off, you’ve got serious problems. Tim Jr. may score 50 against this team. Man… I was alright with Ok State loss, but this is devastating.

  18. Texpack 11/23/2012 at 8:17 PM #

    If I’m Asheville I foul.

  19. Texpack 11/23/2012 at 8:30 PM #

    I’ll let Howell sit out the gassers.

  20. sjmac11 11/23/2012 at 8:33 PM #

    I think we are forever cursed, bench Leslie….how in the world can someone come back for another year of college to “improve” his NBA draft stock and so obviously not care to try on the court???? WHAT THE FU*K!!!!!!!!!! WAKE THE HELL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. lush 11/23/2012 at 8:48 PM #

    Hard to believe we only had 19 turnovers. Thank god for the freshman, without that run with those 3 on the floor at once, we would be looking at two losses in a row.

  24. ryebread 11/23/2012 at 8:58 PM #

    Thank goodness for Howell. He was clutch in the second half.

    I hate to say it, but the book is out on how to beat us. If a team turns it into a possession game, plays a box and one, with the one on Wood and packs that zone in, we won’t beat them. We don’t play defense well enough to win in a possession battle (which doesn’t bode well for any game against a good team) and Wood’s the only person we really have who can really shoot. Warren and Purvis can make them, but the scouting report has to be to lay off of them on the perimeter.

  25. NCSU84 11/23/2012 at 9:30 PM #

    After the OK State loss, I expected our team to come out against UNCA and make a statement. Well, they certainly made a statement tonight. Too many turnovers, poor free throw shooting, poor defense, etc. Keep in mind this was a HOME GAME AGAINST UNCA – let that sink in for a moment. We have MAJOR work to do before conference play begins. Fortunately for us, the problem is mental and it is our coach who can (and I believe will) get our team mentally focused. Win or lose, I do not expect to see this poor effort (exclude Howell) at the Michigan or CT games. Did you hear Gott’s comments after the game? To paraphrase, ‘we will begin to work on our problems beginning Sunday at practice.’ I suspect Sunday practice will be brutal – as it should be.

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