Keeping N.C. State Off The Glass
It's not as though N.C. State flat-out owned Maryland on the boards when the two teams met in Raleigh on March 1. Sure, it might have appeared that way at times, but the final rebounding tally (32-24 in favor of the Wolfpack) was reasonable. The Terps certainly have been hurt on the boards far worse by other teams this season.
Still, Gary Williams said one of the key tactical adjustments his team has worked on over the past few days has been its approach to keeping N.C. State from holding a commanding presence in the paint.
Against the Terps, N.C. State forward Tracy Smith (6-foot-8) tallied 19 points and nine rebounds, while fellow forwards Ben McCauley (6-foot-9) and Brandon Costner (6-foot-9) recorded a combined 16 points and 13 rebounds of their own.
"You've got to figure out a way to keep them from having a decisive rebounding advantage, especially on the offensive glass," Williams said. "That's where they can get points, so that concerns you. But we have to feel confident that if we do things right our way, then we've proven we can win this game. So we have to be able to come back and do that again."
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