NC State Falls to Temple 76-72 In the NCAA Opening Round

A season that began with great promise ended with NC State losing its opening round game in the NCAA tournament 76-72 to the Temple Owls.

The loss came in the typical way that we’ve seen NC State lose all year: not showing up to start the game and leaving itself far too much work to advance in the field of 64.

The favored Wolfpack started the game lethargically, playing poor defense and with a lot of standing around when it had the ball, leading to a 38-22 halftime deficit.  That lead proved to be too large for the Wolfpack to overcome as it staged a solid second half comeback, and as a result, the team that was picked to win the ACC and to make some noise in the national tournament accomplished….nothing.

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193 Responses to NC State Falls to Temple 76-72 In the NCAA Opening Round

  1. Alpha Wolf 03/22/2013 at 4:43 PM #

    I thought Gott was pretty severely outcoached today.

    We’ll find out over the next couple of years if he is consistently outcoached or just had a bunch of players uninterested in being a team.

    I would LOVE to hear a candid Scott Wood tell all about what was going on with this group this year. It was obvious they were often not in the same book much less on the same page.

    I believe that we will see addition by subtraction.

  2. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:43 PM #

    I think this coaching staff did all it could would what it had. Lutz and Gottfried are excellent coaches. Next year, I hope he benches anybody not giving effort in a game the second they drag ass. He could not really do that this year. Next year he can.

  3. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:45 PM #

    There were two players who were the main issue in terms of not buying in. Those two guys caused a lot of strife and led to others getting frustrated and struggling to be consistent.

  4. TLeo 03/22/2013 at 4:46 PM #

    This game was totally typical of this bunch. S%^* the bed the first half and then they seem to wake up but it’s too late to make up for the P…poor effort they started with. This bunch has lacked maturity, brains, effort, and heart all year long with a few exceptions.Howell is the only player I’ve seen give it his all out effort for every game this year. I believe there was only marginal improvement this year and they came nowhere close to their potential. The rest of this bunch that return next season, including the coaches need to do some serious reflection and make the commitment needed for improvement and consistent play next year or else it will be a miserable season.

  5. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:47 PM #

    One appears not to be coming back and I look forward to the growth of Warren and Purvis. They will mature under a strong hand and be much better. Tyler Lewis will bring a lot of fire next year. Consistent guard play will be good too. I just hope Washington and Anya come along. And if Vandy can improve, Gott will have more depth than this year.

  6. Alpha Wolf 03/22/2013 at 4:47 PM #

    Philly, that’s what I thought. One was uninterested in playing defense and showed the basketball IQ of a 12 year old. The other, well, I think his season was poisoned by the other guy.

    RT @jen_daniels Zo Brown said he’ll probably be back next year but he needs time to think. CJ said he has no idea about leaving yet.

  7. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:49 PM #

    Wow, TLeo, generalize much? Howell, Wood and Brown (much of the time) played their asses off. Gott made some coaching mistakes but by and large he changed cellar dwellars into competitors for the league title in a two year span.

  8. BJD95 03/22/2013 at 4:49 PM #

    The group is coaching staff, plus the freshmen.

    A better level of league competition can only help us. Won’t hurt our RPI with wins as often as this year. And I believe in steel being tempered by fire. Good competition makes for March readiness.

    The bid and seeding formula takes SOS into account.

    We won’t win the league next year, but we can certainly make the dance and peak/get hot late. And the 2014-15 team could be scary good.

    But nothing is guaranteed. It’s all about how we handle the lessons from this season. I do believe we have a staff that is capable of learning. Let’s just hope they are willing to do it, and execute correctly.

  9. Hawkeye Whitney 03/22/2013 at 4:50 PM #

    From preseason conference player of the year (and lottery pick) to this. CJL literally played his way out of millions of dollars this year. What more does a kid need to motivate himself?

  10. TOBtime 03/22/2013 at 4:50 PM #

    And so it ends as it has been – schizo.

    Win at FSU, a team blown out by 20+ 1 week earlier and you DON”T play Thursday – schizo.

    Come out of the ACC tourney with a higher seed and play a 11 or 12 seed – schizo.

    I’ve been ready for this to end but hoped it wouldn’t be until the next round. At least we would have an excuse for losing to IU.

    Next year should be OK. You never know how a year under the belt will help Lewis, Purvis and Graham. Couple that with a big boy in the middle and possibly Zo back, well, who knows. Maybe they’ll all go to FT camp this summer?

  11. Wufpacker 03/22/2013 at 4:50 PM #

    “CJ said he has no idea about leaving yet.”

    Uh huh…somehow I think CJ is playing possum with Ms. Jen Daniels.

  12. packomatic 03/22/2013 at 4:52 PM #

    I hope Italy makes CJ an offer he can’t refuse. Another season of CJ going CJ will be unbearable.

  13. ILPackfan 03/22/2013 at 4:52 PM #

    BJD, I couldn’t agree more, amen. Hard to see what the chemistry is going to be like until the dust settles, but there are things to like swirled in with the valid issues that others have brought up.

  14. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:52 PM #

    Alpha Wolf, that is just what I heard. Again, I think this year’s freshmen and next year’s will be much, much stronger together. I’m excited to see Lewis, Brown (if he comes back), Barber and Purvis. With Turner/Warren/Anya/Washington/Vandenburg in the 3-4-5 rotation, you have a lot of talent.

  15. Wulfpack 03/22/2013 at 4:53 PM #

    I am sorry, but this season is a complete disappointment. Three, maybe even four, NBA players, and throw in Wood for good measure, one of the most lethal shooters in the NCAA. When will we again have this collection of talent? No time soon.

    Last year, we overachieved. This year, we underachieved. Lo back or not, Gott will have his work cut out for him next year. Way too many chemistry issues permeated throughout the season. And no defense whatsoever. We lost this game in the first half by playing horrific defense. Kenny Smith pointed it out.

    I like Gott. I really do. But his job begins now. Honeymoon is over. Produce next year. At least show some progress. Very little progress was made this year. Hell, UNC, in a very down year, even had a better year.

    Hopefully, it will be addition by subtraction. But keep in mind there are some stalwarts coming in and the league schedule will no longer be so favorable. Going to have to produce.

  16. ILPackfan 03/22/2013 at 4:54 PM #

    @ phillypacker – I’m with you up until Vandenburg. It’s going to take a heck of a stride next season for me to trust the big Aussie.

  17. john of sparta 03/22/2013 at 4:54 PM #

    “CJ said he has no idea…”

  18. Alpha Wolf 03/22/2013 at 4:54 PM #

    I think CJL will take a look around and see that he’s projected LATE in the second round by everyone. Those guys aren’t all stupid — they’re just noting that there are players with mid-range jumpers who can distribute the ball out of double and triple teams. Players who consistently shoot 70% or better from the line. Players who can make defensive switches and know the little things like raising your arms on D.

    CJL is a project at best…he’s got all the physical talent in the world but he needs to work on his game. The question becomes will someone take a chance and pay him a rookie contract to do that. Right now, the scouts are kind of shaking their head no.

    If he hears that from the people that matter, he will come back. If he comes back, he needs to screw his head on right, and find Julius Hodge and work with HIM all summer on his game.

  19. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:54 PM #

    CJL did not play himself out of millions. He always was who he is now. He was never conference POY. That was idiot media frenzy.

  20. Alpha Wolf 03/22/2013 at 4:56 PM #

    More than anything, this team needs LEADERSHIP.

  21. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:56 PM #

    I would bet you that Gott and Lutz bust the asses of next year’s squad in terms of defensive and offensive effort for 40 minutes a game. I would love to see Turner push Purvis for time because Turner is supposed to be a lockdown guy.

  22. Tuffy2 03/22/2013 at 4:56 PM #

    We have 3 guys coming back for sure that we know of plus the transfer from LSU. Tyler is going to have to bulk up some and TJ and RP need to work on their free throw shooting. I am glad we will have them back with the freshmen coming in.

    I hope Brown comes back but I’m sure that will not happen as some hungry agent will push him along. He comes back next year he will be a lottery pick. I can see us going to a three guard lineup.

    But each player has to do what is best for them in life.

  23. Wulfpack 03/22/2013 at 4:57 PM #

    And I knew we were in for it when we went into the Nose Dome and layed a collective egg. Inexcusable. We are by far the better team, but Roy has gotten more out of his guys that amount to less. That was a clear indicator to me that we were in for a poor finish. I mean, how do you not show up for THAT game?

    Moving from hunter to hunted ain’t so easy. I give Gott credit for moving the meter, but that meter is beginning to reverse itself. Gotta pick it up next year. Just show me some defense. We were a terrible defensive team and it showed again today.

  24. phillypacker 03/22/2013 at 4:57 PM #

    Vandenburg just needs to stand there and be a defensive presence who puts a few back in during the game and does not foul. I would never expect more than 10-15 minutes a game from him. He gives the others a breather.

  25. Alpha Wolf 03/22/2013 at 4:59 PM #


    “This particular team never seemed to get to a point where we could sustain and maintain great defensive effort. That’s on me, I didn’t do a very good job of that.”

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