Your “Here We Go Again” Pitt Open Thread

What do I mean by “Here we go again”….?

Well, now for only the SECOND time during my time at SFN, I have no idea what to write.


Yes….”Facepalm Level” has been unlocked.  Next stop…..Bag on Head.


Yes, I do realize some of us are already there.

I’m not gonna talk much about the GT game.  This is a family site and I don’t want to scar(e) any of our younger readers by making up new and increasingly unseemly profanity….as I try to describe the heinous visions which presented themselves on my TV two nights ago.

But there is no excuse for losing to GT by 10 at home.  No excuse.

No excuse.

But at least Coach sees the truth this time….

“I’ve done a bad job”

With defense, Coach?  Yes, you’ll get no argument from me.

Now, it’s time to remember you’re the coach. Tell the press about defense all you want, that’s fine. But it’s time to find a way to get it across to your players in such a way that they can hear it.

COACH them.

And also, maybe either learn to coach defense, or bring in someone who can.

Coach…just so ya know, let’s be clear.  Just as there was no excuse for losing to GT at home, there will be no excuse for losing to Pitt at home.

So don’t.

Your chair is beginning to glow, son.

Time might be running out more quickly than you might think.

The Pitt Panthers come into Raleigh tonight sporting an identical record (12-6, 1-4 ACC) as the Pack.  The winner will climb out of a 4 way tie for the ACC cellar.

Typing that last sentence depresses me.

And that’s all the research on Pitt I plan to do.  Here, have a couple of links to fill in the gaps if you wish….

Wolfpack Hosts Pittsburgh Tuesday Evening (

Pack Tracks
– NC State dropped its first home game of the season Sunday evening, falling to Georgia Tech, 86-76. The Pack is now 10-1 at home this season, including a 9-1 mark at PNC Arena.
– The Pack was led by freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., in the game versus Georgia Tech. The ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year scored a season-best 31 points and led his team in rebounds (8), assists (6), steals (2) and blocks (2). Sophomore Maverick Rowan also reached double figures in the game, scoring 17 points to tie his season-high.
– Sunday marked the second consecutive game, NC State only placed two players in double figures scoring. It’s only the third time in 18 games this season, NC State has only had two players score in double figures. The Pack is 0-3 in those three games. For the season, the Pack has five players averaging in double figures and has had at least four players reach double figures in nine of its 18 games this season.
– Freshman Dennis Smith, Jr., has led the Pack in scoring and assists in eight of the last nine games. He has led the team in steals in nine consecutive games. Through 18 games, Smith is on pace to break many NC State freshman records.


GAME NOTES: Panthers On the Road to Face NC State (

By The Numbers
• Pitt is ranked 36th in the most recent RPI with a 4-4 record overall against teams listed in the top 100. The Panthers’ strength of schedule currently sits at ninth in the NCAA. NC State enters Tuesday’s game 48th in the RPI.
• The ACC has 11 teams, including Pitt, currently ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. The Panthers play six games against top 50 teams in January.
• Pitt has not lost four consecutive games since dropping the final five games of the 2014-15 season.
Jamel Artis is averaging 26.7 points per game over the past six contests with a 43-point outburst at No. 14 Louisville last Wednesday. He is 26-of-48 (.542) from three-point range in that six-game span.
• Jamel Artis is six points shy of becoming the 17th player at Pitt to top the 1,500-point mark. Artis has 1,494 points in 120 career games (12.5 ppg.).
• Jamel Artis (22.4 ppg.) and Michael Young (20.9 ppg.) are both averaging over 20 points per game on the season. Davidson is the only other school in the NCAA with two players scoring 20 or more points per game.

Gametime: Tuesday, 1/17 – 7:00pm

Coverage: ESPNU

A Team Well-Coached

In case you haven’t noticed, lately the Wolfpack Women have more balls than….

OK, gonna stop that sentence right there.

But seriously….

#23/22 NC State Defeats #12/15 Duke, 55-52 (

RALEIGH – The No. 23/22 NC State women’s basketball team (14-5, 4-2 ACC) picked up its third straight win in the series against the No. 12/15 Duke Blue Devils Sunday afternoon, winning 55-52 on Kay Yow Court inside Reynolds Coliseum.

Sunday’s win was NC State’s third over a team ranked within the national top 15 since Atlantic Coast Conference play began on Dec. 29. It also marked the Wolfpack’s first three-game winning streak over the rival Blue Devils (15-3, 3-2 ACC) since Feb. 2, 1996.

“I’m proud of our kids,” NC State head coach Wes Moore said in his postgame press conference. “It wasn’t pretty at times, especially in the second half. Our kids are warriors and they just find a way to win. Our word for the day was ‘finish,’ and that’s what they did today.

“Duke did a great job defensively. We had a tough time getting looks. As a coach, I have to break down this film and see if I can get us some better looks.”

Incidentally, they are up to #21 in the rankings this week.

Go Ladies, Go!!!!!


OK, Back to the……


OK….PLEASE beat Pitt.

Yada, Yada, Yada.

Go Pack!!!!!

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    NOPE….we are going to hobnob with the Sore Losers crowd on Friday night. Star Wars with the Symphony. May see if the NC or WC GOP has some special TRUMPER outfits. Thinking of a WHITE Storm Trooper output with a President (not elect) Seal and picture on the back and an NCSU Tuffy (in moderated tatters) on the front.

    Actually thinking of a choregraphed number where a Trump and Pence and Kellyanne look alikes march triumphantly in the the Symphony Hall with the final (SW IV) finale music. Have a friend that worked for John William many eons ago. He could assist in getting him on Trumped UP One for the flight down. Problem is, my friend is still in mourning that HRC lost NC and is beginning to see that ORC (Old Roy Cooper) is looking MORE and MORE about the soon-to-be EX RESIDENT of 1600 PA Avenue.

    I hate doing posts from the Droid. I accidentally, during the Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind event last night, put a CHECK in the Notify Me and my inbox is filling up faster than the Sore Losers List of House Members in CNN’s Green Room. EVERYBODY GOTT to get into the act. There is NO confirmation yet on how much George Soros is contributing to each of their campaigns.

    However, the $2500 Retainer and the $50 per Hour (DOUBLE if you get arrested) Job Offers for Disrupting the Trump Events in DC have shown that the Trump Economy WILL BE STRONG. Problem is….these folks will have to report the income and that will impact their Free Feces Stuff that the outgoing leader promised them.

    Outta here….play nice and stay dry and enjoy….


    We broke the streak!

    So glad Pitt couldn’t hit any of their wide open shots at the end of the game. Good to steal one on the roa….er, at home in the ACC. The league is brutal this year!


    I’m not even sure how I feel about the win against Pitt. I feel like we are deep in the “Pit of Despair” and that only reminds me of the most excellent analysis by JackWolf: A Defensive Breakdown – Pt III along with Parts I & II.

    Has any of our players’ defense improved versus what JackWolf pointed out to us about a month or so ago? I’m inclined to believe very little has changed and that our basketball woes will continue until “someone” decides to focus on coaching defense and fundamentals of boxing out plus an emphasis on hustle. I agree with some others’ comments that a coach or two in our neighborhood would bench a player for not hustling and/or poor play. I gave our coach the benefit of the doubt over the years when the team depth was suspect. I can’t give him the benefit of doubt any more. C’mon Coach! If a player isn’t giving 100%, put in the next guy. I’d rather watch scrubs giving it their bestest instead of so-called “Top Recruits****” heaving stupid sh*# at the rim and heaving up and down the floor.

    I don’t know what to think about the recent “energy/intensity” some of us witnessed in this last game. I’ll believe our players have bought in when they bring that intensity to every game. That includes our coaching staff. Otherwise, I as a fan and alum will phone it in just like our coaches and players have so far. I’d rather do something productive with my time and money instead of attend/watch/or even listen to our games all the while feeling frustrated at the poor product on display. I hope our current coach is understanding the situation with the fanbase. We have voted with our feet and the PNC arena shows it.




    Last night was about low turnout ever seen in PNC for a ACC home game. It was reported 15,900 as attendance, no way. The top circle was maybe 1000. The lower bowl was visibly absent of its big donors feet. It was also obvious the big dawgs saw it as Woodson and DY, along with other powers to be, in attendance during halftime recognition of Pack Scholar Athletes for fall sports.
    Gott, and Pierce was about as loud and animated on the sidelines as ever seen in a game. Guess they also took note of the absence of feet.


    The only thing more empty than the stupid PNC is the bowl of nachos I just ate.

    The homemade queso is fine.



    Glad we got a win, no matter how ugly it was at times.

    Defense wasn’t good. Situational coaching was awful.

    I like Yurt and MJ’s games a lot. They could both be fantastic college players if they stayed around and developed.

    Pitt doubled DSJ and dared the other 5 to beat them. I’d suggest we will see that strategy a lot.

    Doubling DSJ gave Mav and TH a lot of open looks and they capitalized. We need more of that.


    Say what you will about the defense, at least we were making an attempt to close out on shooters in the Pitt game.

    Improvement has to start somewhere.

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