State can overcome disappointing ACC start
Feb 8, 2013
If you would've told me at the beginning of the year that NC State would be 5-5 through 10 games of the ACC schedule, I would've said,'Well something is up.'
To be quite frank, I wasn't exactly sure they were the top team in the ACC, even when most media members picked them. I felt like Duke had the best shot of winning the ACC regular season, and I had State picked second.
So for them to be in the middle of the pack of the ACC, it's definitely not what many – including me – perceived them to be. But looking at this State team, they are a lot better then their record.
After the 98-85 loss last night to Duke, I was reminded of the Bill Parcells line, "you are what your record says you are."
State is a .500 team.
Many people don't know the second part of that statement. Tom Coughlin, a Parcells disciple, uses it all the time: "However, it doesn't define what you can become."
With the return of Lorenzo Brown, State is on the verge of a strong second half ACC run.
Mark Gottfried's squad has had to figure out how to play without their best player, but in doing so they may have found one.
In three consecutive losses, NC State has found improved play by their backup point guard Tyler Lewis. Against the best three defenders of the point guard position, Lewis has only one turnover.
And with Brown returning to the lineup, Gottfried now has options. Last season, Brown was asked to move from a shooting guard to a point guard. He adjusted quite nicely.
And while in NC State is at its best when Brown is running the point, having Lewis and Brown in the game now seems like a stronger weapon than it was a week and a half ago.
There is a big difference between expectations and optimism. While NC State may not have lived up to expectations to this point, they can be optimistic about what is about to happen.
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RE: State can overcome disappointing ACC startCJ Leslie has to have the love and chants of the Home Wolfpack crowd to play well it seems. Against Clemson he had how many turnovers? 9 I think. He had shots blocked by shorter Clemson freshmen....and he is planning on going to the NBA? Really? He needs to be committed to the team...not show up late for a game and get benched. He needs to play up to his capability and get the chip off his shoulder, drugs out of his system or whatever his problem is. He has fantastic talent but he isn't showing it right now. The NBA scouts are watching Calvin. If you aren't playing anywhere near your ability because of a grudge against a coach or teamate...you will pay for that big time. You won't make it in the NBA. Come on Calvin....show some interest.
RE: State can overcome disappointing ACC startI'm not sure what rotation would do it, but I'd like to see State pick it up to being more of a three point shot threat. Wood opens it up on the inside some, but if there was at least one more reliable 3-point shooter on the floor [2 at a time] then the inside would REALLY open up.
Wood seems to be the only one opposing teams are super concerned with lighting it up beyond the arc, and things would be a lot different on the floor if that changed.
RE: State can overcome disappointing ACC start
The back tracking begins. Everyone is now trying to act like this was expected. State was putting the final stitches in the banner back in September and the media was planning the parade route. You can write pieces like this all you want Mark Thomas but you were just like the rest.- Posted by FilPhord
The PACK IS BACK!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Aint karma great.
Scoreboard, Fil. Have a drink.
State did not pick itself as the pre-season favorite -- the media did. I heard announcer Dan Bonner saying on the David Glenn show Friday that the media picking State actually put undue pressure on them. I still think State will finish strong, but anybody who picked them as the number one team in the league didn't factor in the fact that State's freshmen would have find their places in the mix, and the team would have to gel. With Plumlee, Curry and Kelly to lead Duke, the Blue Devils were the obvious choice. So please stop criticizing State because they didn't live up to their preseason ranking; they had nothing to do with it. And except for Oklahoma State, they've been in every game they've played -- it's tough on any team to lose 4 such close games, and it's a testament to State that they didn't quit at Duke and almost beat Miami, especially without Brown in both of them.- Posted by raleigh-cary
Carolina and Duke have to live up to high media expectations most years. It may not be fair, but it is what it is. A lot of State fans bought into the hype on these boards, and I have no problem with that. The season isn't over, and I agree with the premise of this article: State can overcome its "disappointing" ACC start.
RE: State can overcome disappointing ACC start
For all you monday morning quarterbacks, that know so much about everyting. When the ACCT is over you all will be eating Crow. State will be the ACC Champion.- Posted by swray001
Miami and Duke may have something to say about that.
State has played the toughest part of its schedule, and I expect them to finish the regular season strong and make a good run in the ACCT, like they've been known to do. I still think Duke or Miami have the best shot at winning the ACCT.