NC State drops its first game of the season on the road at Purdue and slides to 6-1. Purdue is a young team that has a chance to end up on the NCAA Tournament bubble; so this one may come back to haunt us in March unless we’ve taken care of more business in the regular season than we have the last couple of years.
Interestingly, the point spread of Purdue – 4.5 was covered by just a half a point. Wow!
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State lost this game for two simple reasons: (1) Defensive Rebounding and (2) free throw shooting. The Boilermakers only shot 39.3% from the field, but they ended up with SIXTEEN offensive rebounds.
By my count, NC State was 2 of 8 from FT line in 2nd half. BEEJAY ANYA HIT TWO…while Trevor Lacey & Cat Barber when 0 for 6.
— statefansnation (@statefansnation) December 3, 2014
* Losing a game for those two reasons wouldn’t be so tough if it wasn’t a trend that has played itself out for the last few years now.
* Let’s just say that Cat Barber did not excel last night in about any facet of the game. I think we are seeing a clear correlation between Barber’s performance and the performance of the Wolfpack. I told you when we lost Tyler Lewis that it was going to have a bigger impact than many people were projecting. Last night was one of those nights where Lewis’ steadiness (and free throw shooting) might’ve played a role in the game.
* Kyle Washington looked like I expected Kyle Washington to elevate this season. His performance ultimately served to keep Abdul-Malik Abu on the bench for only 4 minutes of playing time.
* Trevor Lacey was fantastic when someone needed to step up for the Pack in the second half.
Ultimately, we failed to execute SO poorly in the final minutes that ridiculous jobbing that took place on one of the strangest calls you will ever see didn’t really matter much.
The out of bounds in question for NC State with 1:45 to go. https://t.co/gt2fJRzEd4
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) December 3, 2014
Many of the tweets that happened at the time of the insanity were chronicled in our twitter timeline linked here.
I’ve always said that if there’s a part of the rule book you didn’t know about, it’ll appear in a State game.
— Chris Hathcock (@NCStateMicMan) December 3, 2014