staugiedoggie's keys to the game:
must handle the ball efficiently
must box out and grab defensive rebounds. they absolutely can't give unx two and three opportunities
go to mccauley inside to set up the offense. he's the best passer on the team and hopefully getting some calls on hansbrough
should press and trap more to utilize their athleticism and depth
should go inside to hansbrough to try to draw fouls on nc state's two big men
should be ready to go into transition off of nc state misses.
i'm sure coach lowe is working on breaking presses and traps in preperation for this game, although roy has stated he doesn't trust this squad to press i think he needs to in this game to wear down the pack and to pick up the tempo of the game. if he does press, and they don't do it well, leading to easy nc state buckets, it is going to be a ball game. also, in the first game against uva sidney commented he was willing to concede offensive rebounds to prevent easy transition buckets off of nc state misses. he may do this again, but nc state must maintain intensity on the defensive boards. no way we can run with the holes, but if we do control the tempo, we will at least have a chance to win late. if unx controls the tempo, its not going to be pretty.
these two teams are facing pretty much the exact circumstances of the first meeting, except that its in craple hill, and there is no duke game to look immediately to for the holes. expect unx to come out more ready to face nc state than they were last time, but also look for nc state to not be intimidated and sidney to have them playing to win, rather than playing not to lose. imo, both teams will be ready for this game. if either one comes out flat, i will be shocked.
this game is in the nose dome, however, so expect to see hanstravel get away with murder.
nc state 78