Pack/Holes Semi-Live Blog

I can’t commit to a full one, because I am sick, and also sick of being sick. So grumpier and more brain-dead than usual, which are two very sad things. So keep things going strong in the comments.

Simply put…tonight is a must win. We absolutely cannot lose tonight after the embarrassing loss to a pitiful Wake Forest team. Not at home, not when the Holes are mediocre and unranked, not when we host ESPN Gameday, not when the Holes have a 13-game win streak against us.

Let’s hope we not only win this one, but also win it with style. I could use a relaxing Saturday night. I bet MG feels the same way.

6:55 – Lots of ink has been spilled – and rightly so – about this Hole squad not measuring up to their usual standard of performance. But as the tunnel camera showed…fruity dance routines are in peak form.

7:01 – I learned a neat tip during last week’s Butler/Gonzaga tilt – if you set the volume level JUST right…you can just make out Shulman’s commentary but not that of the high-pitched Vitale. You’re welcome, America.

7:06 – CJL is aggressive early. Good.

7:09 – Haha. McAdoo sucks.

7:14 – Only some really good defense (yeah, who expected THAT?) is keeping the Holes from being run out of the gym completely. State has energy on both ends of the court, and Howell is a beast (even by his own beastly standards) on the glass. JUST SUSTAIN, damn it. And no matter how sick, I still adore the DirecTV Genie. She’s way to good to be banging Derek Jeter. Life is so unfair.

7:18 – Great officiating as well. Just perfect.

7:21 – Vandy sighting! 22-10. And it really would be 30+ if the Holes weren’t playing pretty solid interior defense.

7:23 – Nobody watching basketball gives half a shit about the X games.

7:25 – You could see that 3 second call coming a mile away.

7:27 – Love Zo’s intensity, but he may need to rein it in just a little. Will there be a Wee Baby Seamus sighting?

7:29 – Grudging credit where it’s due – they have showed poise weathering the initial flurry and staying in the game. Lead down to 6, offensive flow is ebbing.

7:31 – Shitty call #1, charge against CJL.

7:35 – Leslie’s revenge. A posterizing dunk. And one!!

7:38 – Wanna see a demoralizing run? How does 12-2 sound? 34-20 Pack at the last media break, and Zo will be on the line for two. Very important to keep the momentum going into the half.

7:43 – See Pack run. See Pack run. /endless loop (run up to 20-2).

7:46 – Such a heartbreaking week for Vitale. First he calls the Miami bombardment of Duke, now this. LMFAO

Halftime – NC State 45, Holes 26. Love it.

8:09 – That could be a HUGE turned ankle. Sluggish start, too.

8:11 – Neither team has scored…but I wish MG would call timeout.

8:13 – You simply can’t build a team around a player who is both lazy and stupid (McAdoo). Roy putting in some blue teamers.

8:15 – Really sloppy 4 minutes for the Pack, even though the lead is up to 20. MG is right to be annoyed.

8:21 – It’s remarkable how fluid our big men are. Just poetry to watch.

8:23 – Bullock has really embarrassed himself tonight. And it takes something to stand out like that when your team’s down 24.

8:25 – Good to get RP back out there – but the question is if/how badly he will favor the ankle in the next few days.

8:26 – WBS in in!!

8:29 – Smart time to get Zo a breather.

8:33 – VERY sloppy, if not for Buckets the Holes would really be back in this game. Still can cut it to 15 with these FTs. Me no likey.

8:38 – Down to ELEVEN. From 28. Every Hole shot is wide f-cking open.

8:40 – I am ready to murder someone. This is beyond irritating.

8:42 – Single digits.

8:43 – Finally, we get a couple of baskets. But the Holes are still wide open, every possession. Pathetic.

8:44 – Four point play from Woo should put this one to bed. But wow, what a lousy interval of basketball. Just can’t let up like that. Ever.

8:46 – If you want a silver lining for this second half malaise, this does provide a “teachable moment” and hopefully will keep us from being overconfident for our next game.

8:51 – Better on offense now…but broken record on D. Every Hole shot is virtually uncontested. Anybody can score if you don’t guard them. Even Wake (as we learned Tuesday).

8:54 – Just like that, it’s back down to 11. Ol’ Roy will make these guys finish the game, and there’s time for things to get annoyingly close again. Perhaps this is the worst part of having a short bench – can’t mass substitute to send a message.

8:56 – We simply can’t maintain the slightest bit of focus, since about the 11-minute mark. 85-75 with 1:11 left.

8:57 – Horrid, unforced turnover.

8:58 – Open three, and it’s down to SEVEN.

9:00 – Lots of one-and-ones to come.

9:01 – Warren bricks the first, and a follow-up dunk makes it FIVE.

9:02 – Here comes Woo. Makes two.

9:04 – Another wide open three, but the Holes miss. We will hang on, despite two long periods of brain dead, intensity free ball. Certainly takes some of the shine off the first 29 minutes of excellence.

Finally, your final score – NC State 91, Holes 83.

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

12-13 Basketball Big Four Rivals Mark Gottfried

387 Responses to Pack/Holes Semi-Live Blog

  1. tractor57 01/27/2013 at 3:52 AM #

    Don’t get my earlier comments out of context it was a big win and I enjoyed and would have if the final margin was 1 point. I do think it points out a couple issues – first this team when in peak form can beat most anyone. Second lapses (either through fatigue or through loss of focus) can very quickly undo all the previous good. In some ways last night’s game reminds me of the famous “wine and cheese” game between UNX and FSU at the Dean Done. My one and only visit to those lovely confines. FSU ran the Heels ragged until near the end of the game when they all hit that wall, UNX came back to win. Maybe the same sort of effect last night, maybe a bit of that along with a bit of premature celebration. Either way we are basically limited to the top 6 for the bulk of the minutes.

  2. Rick 01/27/2013 at 7:04 AM #

    “Thought the boys spend a lot of energy building that big lead and you could tell they were on fumes down the stretch. Glad they had enough left in the tank to hold on.”

    Agreed it was pretty obvious they were worn out during that stretch when UNC scored every time.

  3. tuckerdorm1983 01/27/2013 at 8:11 AM #

    I agree. I think they expended so much energy in the first half and first ten mins of the second half that they ran out of gas. I hope Purvis did not hurt his ankle too much.

  4. Wulfpack 01/27/2013 at 8:27 AM #

    Those calling for more bench time…umm, you do see that what don’t have a bench, right? I mean yea, there is Vandy an Lewis, but has either of them showed they can do it in a tight game for an extended period of time? The answer is no. I trust Gott and the coaching staff on this. Those are limited minutes guys. You just bring them in to spell a starter, or if you run into some foul trouble. Otherwise, you don’t play them.

    I haven’t seen it mentioned but I thought it was a very well officiated game. Kudos.

  5. BJD95 01/27/2013 at 8:35 AM #

    yw, Amy. I am a superstitious old bastard, so it had to happen.

    I think the second wtf interval can be explained by fatigue. The first one was pure overconfidence and immaturity.

    Gotta love Ol’ Roy when he talks to the media all pissed off. Fun times.

  6. lush 01/27/2013 at 9:03 AM #

    “I’ve seen a Carolina fan saying that we showed Julius Randle on the Jumbotron…did that happen? Or was it that ESPN showed the kid, and he thought it was on the scoreboard?”

    Yes he was on the jumbotron. Got a huge reaction from the crowd.

    Speaking of the crowd, it was great to have so few tarholes in attendance, maybe 5%. #1 Duke had no fans there either. In the past our sellouts will have 20% of the wrong color. Syracuse last year was 30%, or maybe it just felt that way because they were so awful.

    It could be that duke has no fans, and tarholes are frontrunners. I like to think it’s a sign of what Gotts been able to do and where we are headed. Not a top 25 team, a top 25 program.

    Now please don’t go and lose to UVA.

  7. DrWuffette1day 01/27/2013 at 9:22 AM #

    BJD – blog was super. Many thanks and hope you are feeling better.

    It’s been fun reading the comments.

    To expand on what Mr. Lush reported, Randle also got his own (students standing up for him- chanting his name) cheer at halftime. Young fellow stood up (he was sitting at the scorers table) and gave a big wave acknowledging the crowd and thus getting more love. He had a big smile on his face – was having fun.

  8. Packster 01/27/2013 at 9:39 AM #

    Well….the vocal Tarheel fans seem to be pretty quiet today. It must be a bad feeling. UNC fans just need to get used to the fact that it is going to be hard for them to be competitive when they have NC State and Duke in their back yard.

  9. wolfmanmat 01/27/2013 at 10:22 AM #

    State wore down a bit, but UNC made everything they threw at the bucket the last few minutes of the game. it wasn’t great defense, but a couple of those shots were crap.

  10. JeremyH 01/27/2013 at 10:44 AM #

    So the reason we expended so much energy in the first half is that we exploited them sans McAdoo. I don’t suspect our fast breaks were as successful when he was out there.

    This is also why Randle is the perfect fit next year. Without him we are another “six pack”: anya, warren, purvis, barber, washington, and turner (lewis off the bench).

  11. choppack1 01/27/2013 at 10:52 AM #

    We wore down a lot. Gott has to find a way to buy some time for brown and wood. One thing is certain, when wood or brown is out of the game the offense slows.

    I think Lewis can play a few more minutes than he is, but he needs to be put in a position to succeed. For example, he should never be on the floor in a game that is not decided with vandy

  12. old13 01/27/2013 at 11:04 AM #

    “This, however, and the WF game to me make a very strong case against Gott’s seven-man rotation. It does not provide enough margin for foul problems and, especially, fatigue, which we saw tonight. At least an eight-man, and preferably a nine-man rotation is necessary. As demanding as the ACC is, the bigger rotation is almost a necessity to combat the affects of the grind. And the non-starters need to be able to contribute at least 10-12 minutes of quality playing time.”

    Guess my comments above have been misinterpreted. What I was speaking to is Gott’s general philosophy concerning the rotation. I agree that our bench doesn’t currently support a regular 8- or 9-man rotation. But I do think that recruiting should be geared toward having that kind of bench in the future. It’s too long a season with too many tough games in Gott’s scheduling philosophy to not be worn down in March unless there are more bodies to play significant minutes IMO.

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