Mark Gottfried took the podium so livid with his team’s effort in a clunky home loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday, it didn’t take long for the NC State coach to start using violent metaphors to describe the state of the Wolfpack.
“If I’m in a fight down in the back alley, you might whip me, but you’re going to be tired at the end of it,” Gottfried said at the time. “You ain’t going to whip me easy. This team’s got to figure that out… I don’t like where we are.”
He challenged his team, even calling out BeeJay Anya and Lennard Freeman by name.
“At some point you need to go get it,” Gottfried said, seemingly referring to rebounds and the outcome of these tight ACC games all at the same time.
NC State certainly responded well with an 85-69 win at home against No. 15 Miami on Saturday.
The Wolfpack outrebounded Miami 41-23 and benefited from an inconsistent offensive performance from the Canes for the team’s second ACC win of the season. Cat Barber (30 points) and Abdul-Malik Abu (19 points, seven rebounds) have been consistent throughout conference play, but Anya, Caleb and Cody Martin and Maverick Rowan all showed up against Miami and it resulted in the most complete win of the season for NC State.
Barber now has 25+ points in three of his last four games and will be a player to watch as the ACC Player of the Year conversation heats up in February.