Tuesday, September 02, 2008

NC State 87, Guelph 47

Box Score

NC State
Four Factors
Turnover Rate19.9
Off Reb Rate31.0
Four Factors
Turnover Rate29.2
Off Reb Rate34.3

          Pts   Poss    Off_Eff   Def_Eff
Guelph 47 75.3 62.4 115.6
NCSU 87 75.3 115.6 62.4

That's a little more like it. Trends from the weekend:

-- Up-tempo games. The 88-possession York game might be the fastest paced game we've played in this century. The Guelph game was considerably slower, but there were still a lot more possessions in that game than we're used to.

-- Forced lots of turnovers. If Sidney Lowe sincerely wants to push tempo this season, this is where it has to start. We stole the ball 26 times over the weekend, which could be evidence of a new level of defensive aggressiveness, or simply the result of facing an incompetent pair of opponents. A little of both?

-- Poor rebounding. We were out-rebounded, however narrowly, by both York and Guelph, which is highly alarming if not surprising. If there is one certainty about the upcoming season, it's that we will be thoroughly dominated on the glass by our ACC foes.

-- Great play from Brandon Costner. He shot 55.9% for the weekend and rebounded well to boot. He's back, I think.

-- Bad free throw shooting. Fifty-eight point seven percent for the weekend.