Once again Wolfpack nation, the time is upon us where all we will be hearing from the Tar-holes up the road is that NC State is “Not Our Rival.” Fantastic! Now that we got out the way, we can talk about the upcoming game against those pompous arrogant sons of ……. So yeh game on tomorrow. Both teams are sitting in that 4th and 5th spot (UVA has tie breaker if records are even) in the ACC, so this game has big implications (and I don’t mean it in a rivalry sense, because, we are not your rivals). In the past few weeks it seems like Roy Williams has realized his best player is PJ Hairston (only something every other person in America knew from the beginning of the season), and since inserting him the starting lineup UNC has played decent basketball (only decent because they still suck). And in the last week Coach Gott has inserted TJ Warren in the starting lineup and was rewarded with a 31 point, 13 rebound performance (I told you son, rebound the ball and hit your free throws and look at what it does to your stat line). So what we’ve learned is that both coaches have started learning how to actually set proper lineups. Everyone knows that the game tomorrow is important psychologically for both teams as well as in the ACC standings (and NCAA resume), so once again I’ll break down the keys to NC State success so that we may avoid the proverbial “NC State Shit” (you know like a missed free throw that’s tipped in at the end of the game to force overtime).
Coach Gott – Play your 7 and only your 7. The 7 I refer to does not include the Australian guy that can’t get a rebound. Apparently that is uncoachable. Preach defense and rebounding, and ball movement, this one pass one shot crap is gonna kill us.
CJ Leslie – Calvin, get your shit together son. You can’t be mentally checked in 50% of the time. You turn the ball over too much on plays that you force. Let the game come to you. And for the love of God STOP JUMPING AT EVERY PUMP FAKE!! You end up picking up stupid fouls and NOT blocking the shot. Also, the 1 to 2 goaltends you get a night need to stop, if it goes in it goes in. I know you wanna be on SportsCenter but I’d rather us win games son.
Lorenzo Brown – I’m glad your back. Turn the ball over less. I’m loving the distributing and the attacking the rim, but turn the ball over less. Keep the defensive intensity up. Make people remember why you are one of the top Point Guards in the country.
Richard Howell – Stay aggressive. Avoid the half court fouls. And once again rebound with TWO HANDS. Secure the ball please. Keep working on the jump shot because when it’s on you are un guardable sir.
Scott Wood – Be ready to release the ball WHEREVER you catch it, I don’t care if it’s half court. Defensively keep the guy in front of you. You’ve gotten lucky a few times blocking shots from behind, but with better players that’s gonna be a dunk and you ain’t blocking that. Keep moving on offense, just keep moving, make your defenders keep running into screens, they’ll continue tiring out. But shoot the ball more (and make it more too please).
TJ Warren – Be aggressive man. Stay rebounding, keep moving without the ball, defend with arms extended, hit free throws. You did great against FSU, we need that intensity against everybody. And don’t think I didn’t notice that change in the quickness of release on your 3 pointer, I see you tryna look like KD!
Rodney Purvis – Look man, you are athletic, we know that. But you miss too many layups and you miss way too many free throws. What does that equal? Points left off the scoreboard. Like many other State fans, we hate seeing a 3 on 1 fast break with you dribbling because we know you will NEVER pass it. How bout passing the ball some to the open people on breaks and calm down a bit to finish your shot. It doesn’t help if you get fouled if you don’t make the free throws. Stay in the gym and work on it. Seriously, go to the gym now and shoot free throws. You have the chance to be our best on the ball defender, focus on that, your minutes will come. Keep hustling man, the points are waiting for you.
Tyler Lewis – Son I apologize to you, I didn’t think you were ready to play at this level this year, but you have proven me wrong. Why? Because you’ve realized what you can and can’t do. So keep that up. Pass the ball, and move. Dribble like it’s your job. The White Shadow strikes again.
I think we beat the d-bags from Chapel Hill, but it’s not gonna be as easy (30 minutes of easy) as it was in Raleigh. Defend as a team, rebound, and take good shots. If it’s a shot you can get at any time in the shot clock then it’s not a good shot. Take the better one.
Go to Hell Carolina! Go State!