Not many good things can be said about whatever it was NC State’s basketball team was attempting to do on Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack made a grand total of eight shots in the first half while racking up 16 turnovers—many of them of the thoroughly idiotic variety—and trailed by seven at the break. State would rally multiple times but never played well enough to assert control over Tennessee before fading late and earning a 67-58 defeat.
The Volunteers didn’t exactly light the court on fire themselves, as they posted an eFG% 45.3. But the Vols hit eight of 18 three-point attempts (44.4%) while State was only 3-16, and the Vols were also much better at the charity stripe (19-28) than the Pack (13-22). Those areas made the difference, pretty much.
NC State also finished the afternoon -5 in the turnover category, which can be pretty significant in a relatively close (if nearly unwatchable) game. Alas.
Al Freeman led NC State in scoring with 14 points mostly because he never stopped heaving it up. Al finished 4-18 from the field and was 1-8 from deep. That, uh, that is not an ideal stat line.
Lennard Freeman and Omer Yurtseven combined to score 21 points on 8-9 shooting from the field, and perhaps part of the problem today is that those two guys were effective and only got nine shots between them. Everybody else on the team had a day they’d rather forget.
So anyway, that sucked. NC State will head home and have time off until Wednesday, when Penn State comes to town.