Clips From Raleigh
Yesterday, we looked at N.C. State's switch to a taller lineup and how that could pose matchup problems against many of the teams it faces, namely one from College Park. But as the Raleigh News & Observer reports, the Wolfpack's point guard play has improved in recent weeks, as well.
N.C. State coaches attributed the team's ability to keep three forwards on the floor most of the time to the improved ball-handling skills demonstrated by Wolfpack point guards Javier Gonzalez and Farnold Degand. Freshman point guard Julius Mays received significant playing time earlier in the season, but he has since been beaten out for majority minutes by the more experienced Gonzalez and Degand.
The pair has sparked the team's newly-embraced up-tempo pace. Gonzalez and Degand combined for 20 points and 11 assists Thursday in a loss at Wake Forest.
"It's funny how much gets back to our point guards," N.C. State assistant coach Pete Strickland told the News & Observer.
N.C. State Coach Sidney Lowe likely would prefer to see similar development in his team's rebounding ability. Despite its taller lineup, the Wolfpack was out-rebounded, 42-27, against Wake Forest.
N.C. State has recovered quickly from tough losses on several occassions already this ACC season, but if the Terps can claim the edge on the boards, their chances of winning certainly will improve.
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