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Joe Ovies

Talking points: NC State in a solid stretch of basketball

Posted December 19, 2012

1. NC State's hot hand in the first half belonged to Scott Wood, who hit five 3-pointers that pushed the Wolfpack in front of Stanford in an otherwise tight start. Mark Gottfried took advantage of the Cardinal's insistence on keeping Aaron Bright on Wood by running set plays. Wood got open looks, which he promptly buried.

Nice to see, considering Wood had been 2-of-10 shooting in the last two wins for the Wolfpack. 

Wood also provided a defensive spark for the Wolfpack thanks to a couple blocks and outright hustle plays. Stanford eventually adjusted in the second half and the senior picked up two more points at the free throw line to finish the game with 17. NC State vs. Stanford Slideshow: No. 25 NC State downs Stanford 88-79

2. While Wood cooled off, Lorenzo Brown overcame a rough start and took over after halftime. The Wolfpack eventually took control of the game when the point guard attacked the basket, dished out assists and scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. 

"Everybody has rough starts," Brown said. "Michael Jordan even had a rough start."

Fair enough, Zo. The second half was a reminder of why so many believed he was the best point guard in the ACC and the main driving force behind NC State's success this season. Since the Pack's loss against Michigan, Brown has averaged 16.5 points and 5.75 assists per game.

3. Richard Howell continues to provide simple, honest work for NC State and has quietly become the team's most consistent player in the first two months of the season. He recorded his fifth double-double in the last six games with 17 points and 12 rebounds. 

The key going forward as the Wolfpack approach conference play is for Howell to stay on the court. While he deserves credit for staying out of foul trouble in comparison to last season, it's not a coincidence that the ugliest games of the season for NC State have come when he fouled out against Oklahoma State and Michigan. 

4. NC State had fits and spurts of defense against Stanford. They made Dwight Powell work for his stats, with his 23 points coming on 10-of-21 shooting. On the flip side, Bright ended the night 6-of-9 from the field after coming into the contest hitting only six of his last 32 shot attempts. NC State also struggled on the defensive glass in the first half. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

5. The Wolfpack appear to be finding consistency after a rough stretch against Oklahoma State, UNC-Asheville and Michigan. In notching quality wins against UConn and Stanford, NC State has shown a progression from last season in its ability to quickly get itself out of lulls in the action. 

It all comes down to how you want to look at this squad. If you believed NC State was truly a top-10 team at the start of the season, it'll be easy to nitpick aspects of its season thus far. If you were in "wait and see" mode with the Wolfpack, they should be playing to their expected level -- a top-25 group with decent wins and opportunity to pad their RPI before the calendar year closes.

"Our goal is to be the best we can be come February and March," Gottfried said. "That's always the goal, to get to be a good team at the end of the year."

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  • heelsforever Dec 20, 2012

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    You do hint at one very important point. If you turn one cop in for his bad behaviour then you can rest assured that you will be the target of all of his fellow officers.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 20, 2012

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    What the hell are you talking about?

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 20, 2012

    Agree! Who would you rather play Stanford, or ECU? Stanford is also better than Texas! Lets see who is playing better Ole Calvin or McAdoo? Ole Calvin would be my guess!! GO PACK!! Oh yeah ZO, just stop it!

  • packerbacker1976 Dec 20, 2012

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    As intelligent as you seem, you're an id!ot if you don't think UNC and Duke get more calls. I beg u to watch the replay of the last 10 minutes of the State/Stanford game and tell me State gets no calls. I counted 4 in a three minute span of blatant pushes/pushoffs, moving screens and reaching ins, the most obvious being when Calvin lost the ball out of bounds after the Stanford guy pushed him in the back and he bobbled it out of bounds. I believe they went on to score a quick 4 points after that and draw it to a 5 point lead. U guys get calls, don't be ashamed of it. I wish we got them. But after the Hess thing last year, I think we are going to have a tough road ahead of us. Calvin is definitely going to have to mind his P's & Q's with the officials. They just don't like him. Go Pack!

  • packerbacker1976 Dec 20, 2012

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    We returned everybody? We lost Johnson and Williams, two vets at guard and we play 3 frosh at times on the court. Give credit where credit is due man.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 19, 2012

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    You have a hard time in replying to someone that answers your quote. That's what I call a flaw TBK. No problem.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 19, 2012

    I read all 5 pages on this one. After seeing State improve over some loses, and beating down Dawkins last night like a little pup...I have to write another. Dawkins is no more a Head Coach than Wojo. He doesn't have the in game smarts to even call a time out. He wasted just about all of his TO's. Look at the stats. Stanford.

    Ol Roy with all of his AA's. How can this be with all of the McD's? How can a team with some of the best players not know how to play defense?

  • heelsforever Dec 19, 2012

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    Dude! Opposing fans complain about the refs when they play Kansas, UNC, Kentucky, and Duke. Do you see a common denomiator there? In case you don't here is the answer; THEY ALL consistently recruit better than everyone else and they are all better coached than anyone else. Sorry, but your eyes are as much or more tainted than ours when it comes to officiating.

  • heelsforever Dec 19, 2012

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    Seriously, don't you guys get tired yourselfs of blaming every Carolina win on the refs? And you call us sniveling?1??!?!? I've heard this "sniveling" about refs for the better part of 30 years now coming from State fans. Figure it out. It is because Carolina has been MUCH better all these years. They could have reversed 10 calls a game in the favor of State most years and you still would have lost the games.

  • heelsforever Dec 19, 2012

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    And now oyu are sniveling again about us sniveling.

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