Sunday, January 20, 2008

NC State 79, Miami 77

Box Score

NC State
Four Factors
Turnover Rate16.1
Off Reb Rate17.1
Four Factors
Turnover Rate17.5
Off Reb Rate36.8

          Pts   Poss    Off_Eff   Def_Eff
Miami 77 74.5 103.4 106.1
NCSU 79 74.5 106.1 103.4

-- I don't know what it is about the Hurricanes that brings out the best in our perimeter shooting. In five conference games against Miami, NC State is 54-107 (50.5%) from three. We've hit at least 10 in four of the five. No question it saved us tonight, as we were terrible from two (36.8%).

-- Earlier I was pondering how amazing it is that I've gone from being frightened every time Gavin Grant has the ball in his hands to trusting him completely. He's always been aggressive with the dribble-drive, but all too often in the early parts of his career he'd dribble into trouble he couldn't get out of. These days, the turnovers are no where to be found and (for the most part) the bad shots are gone, too. On a team with a couple of point guards who never attack the basket, Gavin's mindset and his improved execution are critical.