Twelve-of-49. NC State made 12 of 49 two-point attempts against Clemson on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack grabbed 21 offensive rebounds against the Tigers, somehow managing to generate only 10 second-chance points from them. We can go ahead and stop right there. Additional details are not necessary.
I could not even begin to guess the last time State shot that poorly in an ACC game, and that's fine since I don't think I need to know. I think I'll get on just fine without that information. College basketball can be a really depressing place sometimes, and tonight we were killed to death by extreme basketball malpractice. Call whichever law firm handles this issue and seek damages; I'm sure that law firm must be out there.
Let's go to Mark Gottfried as he attempted to put into words whatever the things that was the stuff that happened.
Gottfried: I thought our kids played with a lot of desire in the second half but that 'stunned' first half is unacceptable.— Pack Pride (@PackPride) January 29, 2015
Pack's Gottfried: "I don't think you can play a worst half of basketball than we played in the first half."— ACC Now (@accnow) January 29, 2015
Gottfried said Tigers gained confidence and "we started to get down on ourselves. You could see it in our guys' faces. They became unsure."— ACC Now (@accnow) January 29, 2015
Gottfried said during first-half timeouts the Pack players "looked like they were lost a little bit."— ACC Now (@accnow) January 29, 2015
Gottfried: "It looked like we lost our zip and the hole kept getting bigger and bigger."— ACC Now (@accnow) January 29, 2015
Gottfried: "The bottom fell out a little bit tonight."— Powell Latimer (@PowellLatimerNR) January 29, 2015
I dunno, I got nothing at this point. It was an astoundingly poor performance on the whole, at super not helpful time.
Weird thing about this is State's still not in a horrible spot at 4-5 in league play, and we do have another month to go. It'd be nice to go a year without feeling discouraged to the point of wanting to live in a small, isolated dark space, but nothing's finished yet. We've just turned the pressure back up to the highest setting, is all.