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Monday, December 29, 2008

...and here come the pretzels: State beats Loyola of MD by two


If Loyola of Maryland sounds familiar, it's because they're the team coached by that wackjob Jimmy Patsos who thought it'd be cool to put two guys on Stephen Curry and hold him to zero points for the game--resulting in a 30-point blowout loss.

Fast forward to tonight, where the Pack manages a two-point speaker of a win, 62-60, and one has to wonder just where the collective heads of the Wolfpack basketball squad were tonight. Not in the RBC Center at points tonight, particularly down the stretch.

Costner was largely ineffective from the field tonight--two of nine in 32 minutes of floor time. Courtney Fells, Ben McCauley and Coster all finished in double figures (11, 16 and 11, respectively) but only shot a collective 44% from the floor (12 of 27)...not the kind of production you need from your top scorers.

Turnovers still are an issue...21% of the Pack possessions resulted in a TO, compared to only 13% from Loyola. This continues to plague the Pack ballhandlers and, if not corrected, will doom several games in conference play.

Degand and Mays split time at the point, and both finished with 1:1 A/T ratios, but the number of assists were far two few--just three between the two of them. That's the telltale sign of a team completely out of offensive rhythm and devoid of a floor general. Nothing created by either of the points is a bad sign.

A win is a win is a win...but they don't come much uglier than this.

1 comment:

  1. at this point in the season a win is not a win. this win is a stinker. it's better than a loss, but it sure seems like an omen of bad things to come... how can degand and/or mays not be able to run the offense yet? we've only got 2 games until the ACC schedule!!! are we saying Javi is the answer at PG?

    i'm not ready to dump and run just yet... i still think 8-8 is attainable in ACC play... i hope they can turn it around Wednesday and clobber Towson ... maybe they got caught looking ahead to Florida...