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. TheAliasTroll 03/22/2013 at 10:53 PM #

    I’d give my left nut to have Brown come back next season.

  2. ringo 03/22/2013 at 10:56 PM #

    We tied for fourth. 5th was a tiebreaker for seeding purposes. Then we beat said team’s ass on a neutral court. The rest are all valid points and opinions. Personally I’d like to have as much depth as possible. Defense SHOULD be able to be taught. Well, at least effort wise. We shall see.

  3. swamppack 03/22/2013 at 11:01 PM #

    Thoughts on this year’s adventure after watching almost every game:

    -Rebounding improved as the year progressed(thank God)
    -Never learned to finish fast break(consistently anyway)
    -Howell was the man
    -CJ does have heart but very seldom waited for the game to come to him, thus, many embarassing moments
    -Refs did not seem nearly as biased against State this year
    -No one true leader seemed to emerge (TL next year?)
    -No sustained defensive intensity
    -Jury is still out on Gott, 2 good years to start, disappointment from this season causing doubt for many
    -1 victory over each of the blues was some consolation for an otherwise very disappointing season
    -Brown to stay and CJL to go would make better team next year(unless Leslie was able to return to top form as he was during the ’12 end-of-year run)

  4. Adventuroo 03/22/2013 at 11:01 PM #

    Well, it has been 6 hours and I had a good workout and will have a nice drink….so this is totally sober.

    First, we did much better than anyone would have projected in early April, 2011 when Coach G. was hired. If you laid out the team’s record and wanted to take bets…..HOW many would have give some pretty good odds that it would NOT happen.

    Second, we exceeded the expectations last year the media hyped us worst than Obama improving Muslim relations and getting an award for Islamic achievements. If you don’t like my politics, then think of the 2007 Coach Lowe ACCT run and how every one was primed for a great 07-08 season. That did not happen….as much as I and all of you wanted it to

    Third….I do NOT have a clue as to WHO will go and WHO will stay. I have been a critic of CJ and a fan of Calvin. Calvin played today….check the box score. The team could not hit $hit. Jim Laranaga probably got a case of the finest Crown Royal from Fran whatshis name. Fran ran the UM defense and game plan and took the wind out of our sails. If Temple had been UM, then they would have REALLY whooped us.

    Fourth…..No ONE has mentioned any volatile situations in the coaching area. Lutz going, I doubt it. Lots of rumors….lots of speculation about Debbie Yow being irritated at TWO BB HC’s…..Probably ALL speculation….but this whole thing could turn upsidedown… a NY minute.

    ZO….He seemed MORE solid in the beginning of the season. Calvin…same. I will say that Calvin is the equivalent of Whittenberg….never got an assist. I started watching Calvin’s “moves”. When he starts his little “Here I come” dance, Wood just watches because even if there is no one within 10 ft, Calvin will NOT pass.

    As to Wood. He is probably in the best shape of anybody on the team. He runs 50% MORE than anyone else. He gets banged a lot. He does OCCUPY a good D man as he is a threat. We will miss him.

    SO, I will wait until mid April to early May before I really get excited (or disappointed) as I think MORE dirty undies will be hoisted….but they could ALL be rumors…

    Wood has already confirmed the team issues… it will be interesting to see if the OTHER stuff come out or has an impact. Lutz will be on the bench next year….IMO….but, I am NOT part of the IN CROWD.

  5. gopack10 03/22/2013 at 11:10 PM #

    All of this talk about Gott’s coaching abilities and blaming players is moot at this point. One thing I’ve seen on this board that seems to get thrown by the way side is a lack of depth. That hurt us more than anything else this season. Tyler Harris left because his dad controls his life, Painter left for personal reasons and TdT left because he couldn’t cut it and didn’t want to fight for playing time.

    I’m as upset as the rest of you at this loss but I’m pleased with the direction of our program. All of this talk of a chemistry issue is a little ridiculous. Unless you are inside that locker room then you know nothing. Friends can argue and disagree on the court. If any of you have ever played basketball with a close friend, you know that you don’t always see eye to eye on what happened. I’ve had plenty of squabbles with close friends on the basketball court that don’t really mean there are chemistry issues.

    I’ll welcome back both Calvin and Lo with open arms because we will be a better team next season because of it. Both players would give us depth next season and also a load of talent. If neither come back then we need at least one JUCO recruit and one project big man.

    I’ll do as I always do and let this one go and look forward to next season and supporting the team no matter what. Go Pack!

  6. Cabin Creek Wolf 03/22/2013 at 11:17 PM #

    I have news for those who think Zo is coming back next year. He gone. He gone like those Chicago announcers calling a strikeout for the Cubs or White Sox. This year’s NBA draft is one of the weakest in several years. While Zo may not be a 1st rounder, he’ll leave.

    Also, Gott and Co. were outcoached in more than just this game. I think that group is a bunch decent coaches who can recruit their ass off. But there needs to be improvement from every member of the coaching staff.

    I know you can’t coach “heart.” But one has to wonder where that’s gonna come from. Anyone? Bueller?

    Still pissed about today’s, actually, this year’s half-assedness.

  7. swamppack 03/22/2013 at 11:20 PM #

    Painter leaving was a biggie, seriously.

  8. JeremyH 03/22/2013 at 11:29 PM #

    “I’d give my left nut to have Brown come back next season.”

    I’d give your other nut, Alias, but anything he says today is on emotion.

  9. mak4dpak 03/22/2013 at 11:47 PM #

    Post game player interviews had the players down and talking about how they didn’t come to play. So why not? If they knew then why didn’t they. Will they ever learn?

  10. choppack1 03/23/2013 at 12:23 AM #

    Gpapack10..we have had 4 guys transfer. Of course we have depth issues. How do you explain Tyler Lewis getting so few minutes… especially when brown was turning it over left and right and not defending adequately.

    The play of Lewis during brown’s injury makes it hard for me to believe its a depth issue. Some coaches play lots of guys… others prefer a smaller rotation. I don’t think gott is going to play alot of guys. I don’t think his brand of ball requires a lot of players. But don’t be surprised when you see guys riding the pine leave.

  11. fullmoon1 03/23/2013 at 12:42 AM #

    The only thing that got me through the debacle was a mid grade, silver rum, mixed much like a scotch with water. By the end of the game I was numb. That was by far the most painful game of the season. Yes, the program has advanced but I need to see MAJOR improvement next year. They just came out flat. Things to work on next year: FREE THROWS, DEFENSE am communication.

  12. ldr of the pk 75 03/23/2013 at 1:01 AM #

    Much already said. Overall, from where we’ve been in the last 20 years, things are still looking up. But like many others here, this team disappointed way too often. Underachievers of the first order. We didn’t come close to competing for an ACC crown much less a National crown. That falls to players and coaches.

    If there were as many personality problems as we hear, let the whole lot of them go. Even in a weak draft, this group better man up if they think they can cut it in the NBA. The developmental league or Europe is full of these types. Heck, there’s 32 teams full of NCAA players that have shown better, at least for 2 days.

    Like others, I give Howell an A+ for his year, he was a man. Others, though talented, took way too much time off at critical times. I’m ready for Gott to be able to go with his recruits and let’s see what he can do. The added Big East teams won’t make it an easy job, but then again, getting back to relevance isn’t usually easy.

    On to Baseball.

  13. ringo 03/23/2013 at 1:19 AM #

    Getting out coached in the ACC from time to time is really not a huge indictment. Happens to them all. I like the trajectory. Next year may be a step back. We will all be unhappy if there is at least no repeat sweet 16 by year 5. I’d like to see us make the tourney next year or if not, be much better by year 4. Year 5 better be cooking.

  14. WolfBlood86 03/23/2013 at 2:10 AM #

    Fitting end to the season. End the season with the same problem that the team has shown all year. Maybe we should have lost a few more during the season, got on the bubble, get into the tournament as a 10-13 seed, and maybe that would have motivated them…

    I say good bye to the Lowe headcases but of course if they want to come back then Gott will take them back.

  15. MrPlywood 03/23/2013 at 3:14 AM #

    OK, I’m officially disappointed. While Temple was no pushover, this was yet another winnable game for the Pack. When my kids tried and failed at something, I usually asked if they did their best, because that’s all you can ask for really. The answer for the Pack in too many games was “no”. Their best would have won quite a few more games this year. Heck, their best was so good at times it was scary – and really fun to watch. That’s the disappointing part to me, that the sky was the limit for this team, as opposed to previous teams which had to play perfect games just to compete.

    Hopefully that cruiseship has enough momentum to continue its turn until the Pack is headed completely in the right direction…

  16. Rick 03/23/2013 at 7:47 AM #

    I quit reading this thread as it turned into the same three or four people complaining. I notice these same posters missing after wins. I guess they are not happy unless they are unhappy.

    A year in which we surpassed expectations followed by a year in which we came up short. Way too early to make a decision on Gott but that does not stop some. I enjoyed most of the year and am thrilled with the strides we have made since the Lowe debacle.

    Continue with the evisceration.

  17. papackman 03/23/2013 at 9:40 AM #

    To the 2012-13 NC State Men’s Basketball Team & Staff:

    -thanks for a great season…can’t wait til next year

    GO PACK!!

  18. youchuck 03/23/2013 at 12:56 PM #

    To quote John Lennon, “The Dream is Over, what can I say”.
    Well, to be sure the same things that have been said after every loss. The main thing is the God-awful Free throw shooting. As much as I like Scott Wood, the next big shot he hits will be his second. (Clemson game the only other I can recall.) When you’re a 90 percent FT shooter on a team that is a horrible FT shooting team, YOU CANNOT MISS THE FRONT END OF A ONE AND ONE WHEN YOUR DOWN BY THREE IN THE LAST TWO MINUTES. C.J. Leslie please go and take your late second round draft status and leave. I could not believe my ears when post game he said, “we were just not motivated in the first half”. I can understand, nothing to play for JUST THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!! Why be motivated? I have to come off of the ledge and realize that the past two seasons Gottfried is only the third ACC coach in history to go the NCAA tourney his first two seasons. We also have not had this many wins in consecutive seasons since 1981-82, and 1982-83. So it’s not a total negative season, but as they say the window of opportunity was open. Lets face it, UNC and Duke did not have their normal dominant teams. The conference was there for the taking. Now with the arrival of Pitt, Syracuse,ND and Louisville the task has become even more daunting. I just feel this was a wasted opportunity. Just think with an * AVERAGE FREE THROW PERCENTAGE *, State wins against UVA, MD, FSU and Miami. They are at worst a four seed in the NCAA tourney, and we are not having this discussion. I just don’t see any chance things can lay out any easier for this team in the near future. Time to turn my attention to spring Football and hope the best for the fall.

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