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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.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 1, 2009; 8:24 AM ET
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I've been a regular reader (and occasional commenter) of your blogs since its started, but your recent article in the post is the last straw. I'm done with your blog and with the exception of the sports bog, done with the post (thank goodness for the Times and the Sun)

The anti-Maryland garbage is too much. First you write an expose about how Gary can't recruit and then write a follow-up trying to scuttle his one high profile program-making/breaking recruit. GTown has connections with Nike through the coaches father. Isn't JTII on Nike's board? NO comment. Yet you continue to pile on the Terps.

Posted by: tedunni1 | March 1, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I respected your recruiting series you wrote because some of it was true about Gary's Poor Recruiting but this story has crossed the line and now it seems like both of you are trying to dig up anything you can find towards Gary Williams and the MD program- which is unacceptable and unfair! Maryland runs a clean program -probably the cleanest in the country and you have to print a bunch of crap and accusations that you cannot back up! I hope they ban you from setting foot at any MD sporting event! This is getting ridiculious!!

Posted by: Terptime | March 1, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Prisbell and Yanda who are your alma maters.....I believe your attack of MD is colored and inappropriate. Maybe the blogosphere can find all your dirty laundry, SAT scores, college rejections. Maybe we can put all that info on the message boards and make your job impossible to win regardless of how you approach it.
Let's go terps fans, grill these guys for this garbage!

Posted by: bmdugan | March 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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