N.C. State vs. Wofford – 4pm

N.C. State Wolfpack (8-1) vs. Wofford Terriers (7-2) – 4pm @ William Neal Reynolds Coliseum

Tv: Fox Sports South/Regional – (646 on Direct; 40 on Time Warner); Espn 3 – subject to blackout

Wofford team page

The Pack is back in Reynolds again today, returning quickly after defeating Charleston Southern 86-50 on Friday evening in the old coliseum. Playing without Trevor Lacey (ankle), the Wolfpack looked very efficient on both ends of the floor and were able to pull away from the Buccaneers early. Encouragingly, N.C. State never let up – giving Charleston So. no space to work back into the ballgame and apply game pressure. A running theme over the past couple of seasons has been the Pack going up 15-20 points in various games, yet letting their opponent work back into the game. Not this time, thankfully.

As for Lacey, unfortunately I have been unable to find any definitive info on his┬ástatus for today’s contest – so I suppose we’ll know at 4pm. If you do know of anything, please feel free to list it in the comments.

Like Charleston Southern, today’s opponent – the Wofford Terriers – run their offense with an emphasis on efficiently shooting the 3-ball. Wofford enters today’s contest close to the very top of the overall 3-point FG percentage standings (4th overall heading into Saturday). Needless to say, the Pack’s defensive pressure will once again go a long way in determining how today’s game flows.

Wofford returns all five starters from last season’s SoCon Tournament champions. The Terriers lost in the round of 64 (second round) to #2 seed Michigan in last season’s NCAA Tournament. That tournament appearance marked the third time in the past five seasons that Wofford had won the SoCon tournament and made the NCAA Tournament – accounting for each of the Terriers all-time NCAA Tourney appearances. It’s an impressive feat, considering that Davidson (now in the A-10) was long the class of the SoCon.

The Terriers were routinely picked to repeat as SoCon champions this season by most preseason prognostications, though the league did shake-up a bit and added Mercer, ETSU, and VMI (most of you probably recall Mercer’s defeat of Duke here in Raleigh in last season’s NCAAT). Wofford is currently ranked at #17 in the mid-major top 25. The Pack and the Terriers have faced no common opponents, but Wofford does own a win over a very solid Iona squad. Wofford’s next three opponents are all future or past Pack opponents – Charleston So., West Virginia, and Duke.

Pack game notes

Please leave your comments and thoughts here, enjoy the game and Go Pack! See you in the comments at 4pm ­čÖé

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  • #65354
    Jediwolf
    Participant

    I know it’s just one game, but I guarantee that shot would have counted for the boys in blue.

    #65355
    Avid109
    Participant

    Had this been a UNC game at the Dean Dome and a Carolina player hitting the same shot, would the officials have made the same call?

    #65356
    Avid109
    Participant

    Looks like Jedi was reading my mind. ^

    #65357
    Rick
    Keymaster

    I would not have dreamed we would lose to Wofford. Bad bad loss but we are who we are.
    These are all Gott’s players for whatever that is worth

    #65358
    choppack1
    Participant

    Idk – but it was the right one. Time will tell if this is a sign that we’re nit bound or just another bump in the road.

    #65376
    tractor57
    Participant

    Due to being out I missed the game but watched the replay. King Karl reminds me more and more of Lenny Wirtz with his petulance and his quick whistle.

    Hopefully this game will be the base of some maturing of the team. Opportunities missed and at times not valuing having the ball and making positive plays. Part of that is immaturity, part of that is will to win, part of that is playing a more skilled and determined foe.

    I’m not obsessing over the loss. I am disappointed but I’m also looking toward the conference season where the competition will be tougher.

    #65378
    nav
    Participant

    My only beef was why, with approx. 1:30 left in the game and up by 1 and coming out of a TO, did we put the ball in KW’s hands for a tough inside shot. Not knocking the kid but Turner or Lacey should have been taking the last few shots.

    #65380
    PackofMac
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    Bad loss, this is however what we do. Lenard Freeman would struggle playing for UNCG. We need a good quality big man to help out Mr. uninterested Anya in the paint. Pussy Cat Barber needs his little ass in the litter box while Dez Lee runs the team. As far as Im concerned from a coaching standpoint Gott can sit in there with him while Bobby runs it from the sideline. I will not rant buy I am now convinced Mark Gottfried’s coaching abilities are subpar. WTF ever

    #65381
    nav
    Participant

    I just don’t understand what happened to Cat’s scoring ability. Mental block maybe. I though this guy was a major scorer in HS and was supposed to be so in college.

    #65386
    bill.onthebeach
    Participant

    ^nav… as noted during the game…

    The possession (that resulted in KW’s missed shot) was coming off a TO… watch the film…

    Lacey , who had hit four in a row, is seen standing, as in, not moving at all, over next to Coach on the bench… while Anthony runs something to the other side of the court… Lacey, after about 20 seconds of standing ( a lifetime at that point in the game), finally moves from the wing towards the center jump circle and gets the ball 25ft from the basketball with less than 10 seconds left on the shot clock, he’s heavily defended and makes a good pass inside to KW which was his only option…

    Now KW is about 50% on that shot… but remember, we only GOTT THREE offensive rebounds all night… so that’s not the kind of percentage you’re looking for that point in the game, I don’t think…

    so…

    there are two things here…

    1. If that was “THE Play Called from the Bench”… the only way that play makes any sense whatsoever is if its put in the category of ‘doing something the other team would never anticipate because it’s just too stupid for them to consider’…

    or

    2. As Coach Hugh Durham used to call it… it was a case of “White Line Fever”… as in “Once they cross the white line… they forget everything I told them to do during the Time Out…”

    I ain’t gonna speculate on which was the case… and none of us will ever know the truth…
    Either way… you’re right in thinking … We’ve GOTT to do better than that…

    Or… somebody needs to make a new rule for this Team… “shoot till you miss…” .

    When you’re best player has not missed a shot the entire half and / or is in the process of taking the game over by making the two baskets and one defensive stop/rebound on the last three consecutive possessions…

    He GOTT to get the ball at crunch time early in the possession and in a position to make another play.

    And, I’m with you…. if “whoever” can’t get him the ball… they can sit and watch somebody who can…

    This is BBall Sh%t… you learn in Junior High school and should be automatic by the time you’re a Junior in High School… and college coaches shouldn’t have to explain it to their kids…

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