Saturday, January 15, 2011

Losing season now possible for N.C. State

N.C. State's basketball season could quickly spiral downward if Saturday's 84-71 loss at Florida State was any indication. The Wolfpack was picked for fourth in the ACC this year in preseason, but that looks like a vast misjudgment by the media based on early results. It is now conceivable that State could have a losing season, and you can't imagine that athletics director Debbie Yow would judge Sidney Lowe favorably in that situation.

The Pack was never in the game at Tallahassee as a season-long indifference toward defense continued. "That was probably the worst defense I've seen us play in a long time," Lowe told The News & Observer. "It really hurt us."

Florida State shot 69 percent from the floor in the second half. For the game, the Seminoles never trailed, outscored State 20-8 on points off turnovers and held the Wolfpack to 19 first-half points.

Even more amazing was that State did not score a single point on a fast break, while FSU scored 11.

The stretch ahead could be gruesome for the Wolfpack. Duke visits the 19th, followed by Miami, at Clemson, at UNC, Virginia Tech and at Duke. State has some young talent, but this season could get even uglier fast.

1 comment:

  1. A losing season puts Yow in a predicament. Lowe is a poplar coach but we fired a winning coach to get him. If we want to be competitive we are mst go after a successfuol college coach.
    Wolfie '61