L.O.I.C.

I know this is lazy of me, but I do not have the time to post a proper analysis of this yet. However, you need somewhere to discuss this without being labeled as “ABCers” or “UNC Blinders Wearing Homers With Your Head In The Sand”.

ESPN write up is here.

CBSSports.com is here.

Yahoo Sports is here.

Bam!! B.A.M!!! In The Face!!

Ok, so at the end of the day this may be a little meaningless, but it does speak to the levels of training that the players are going through.  Strength and conditioning has long been an issue for the men’s basketball team from NC State.  It looks like that ship has finally sailed, as the Wolfpack are now a standard to be measured against where fitness training is concerned.

Basic Athletic Measurement testing is one of many metrics used by the NBA to scrutinize and evaluate talent.  NC State is one of a handful of programs that brings the BAM people in to test its players.  So how did the Pack measure up?  Well, they outperformed this year’s NBA draft class and depending on scale it was either close, or not even close…  imagine what the numbers will be when BJ Anya is finally in shape?

Take from it what you will, but at least Pack Fan can rest its laurels on the fact that its strength and conditioning program is on the right track.  Now they just need how to figure out a method of turning winning in the training room into winning in the arena.

Attrition Galore

This year there are quite a few early departures for the NBA draft.  Hit the jump to see a current list of players who have declared.  Who should have stayed?  Who else should have gone?  How does this change the landscape for next season? Continue reading Attrition Galore

NCAA Finds Wainstein Report “Troubling” – Bubba Finds Wainstein Report “Not Quite That Bad”

Not a lot of time to expound on this at the moment, but here are a few links for your reading enjoyment.  Or agony.

Bubba does not think the academic fraud was really all that bad.  Here is my favorite quote from him so far, when discussing possible NCAA sanctions:

“I wouldn’t speculate on any sanctions,” he said. “There’s nothing new in the report that we haven’t seen before with a few exceptions – more than a few exceptions. The scope, certainly, would definitely be one.”

Say what?  Nothing new with a few exceptions.  Oh, wait.  More than a few exceptions.  So which is it, nothing new, or a lot of new items?

Then we have this gem, also from the N&O, which pretty much calls for Roy William’s head. Here is the thing with Coach Williams.  He talks out of both sides of his mouth at times.  We have heard him say that he is not involved in the academics of his players at all, and then we have heard him say that he steered players out of AFAM because he was concerned with the clustering.  Which is it?  Are you involved with academics or not, Coach Williams?  Let us face facts, clustering is part of the game of collegiate athletics.  There is always going to be clustering and it makes sense that there would be.  It would be interesting to see what kind of clustering took place at Kansas while he was there.

The first N&O link above about Bubba also hits on Mark Emmert and his comments about the Wainstein report.  He finds it troubling, and if you read into his quotes on this ESPN article, it could spell trouble for UNC athletics as a whole.

“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”

He also discussed infractions at UGA, and the potential impacts of the O’Bannon case.  He would not discuss the issues at Florida State, apparently.  All in all, there could be some dark days looming on the horizon for the ACC.

Marquette Hires Wojciechowski

When Buzz Williams departed Marquette to become the new head coach of men’s basketball at Virginia Tech, it left a pretty big hole to fill in college basketball.  While Marquette may not be a top tier job, it is a good job and is certainly worthy of a good coach. A lot of speculation began, and of course Shaka Smart was in the mix at some point.  So who would Marquette nab to be the successor to Williams, who was an assistant with the Golden Eagles when he won the job?

Steve Wojciechowski

Duke’s own Steve Wojciechowski.  That is who.  Wojo gets his first head coaching gig after being on the Duke bench since 1999.

Most excited for this move are all current and future frontcourt players for Duke, as they will not have to deal with the floor slapping, former point guard trying to teach them post up moves.

Best of luck to Wojo and Marquette.  This is a head scratcher to me, as I think Marquette could have drawn someone with experience running a program versus someone who has experience being a glorified drama professor.

Tyler Lewis Departs NC State

News broke over the weekend that Tyler Lewis was transferring from NC State.  On the surface, there will be more moans about players leaving NC State and how frequently it occurs.  That is a little short sighted though, when you look at the big picture with Lewis. While I do not like seeing the kid leave, I completely understand the decision.  If he had to fight for playing time this year, next year was looking even worse as far as his minutes are concerned.

Backing The Pack has a great write up about this, so I will not get too deep into it.

Another thing to remember is that in this day and age, players transfer all the time.  It is not an issue specific to NC State, but rather to the landscape of college basketball.  While I am no fan of Jeff Goodman, he keeps a list of transfers each year.  Here is 2013, which is just staggering.

MMF UPDATE: Warren To Enter NBA Draft

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, N.C. State sophomore T.J. Warren has decided to enter the NBA Draft, sources tell Yahoo. Formal announcement will come early this week.

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@DavidTeelatDP For the first time since 1979, none of North Carolina’s Big Four is among the Sweet 16.

Sweet Sixteen is set. Virginia is the lone ACC team left in the tournament. Wichita State’s undefeated season ends, SEC has all three teams in the Sweet 16. Johnny Dawkins’ Stanford team knocks off Kansas.

North Carolina was up 8 with under five to play against Iowa State, then lost control of the game.

Virginia Tech hired Buzz Williams away from Marquette

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White tells a fan on twitter that he will buy him season tickets to Falcons games if Mercer beats Duke. Mercer wins, White backpedals.

Creighton Blue Jay mascot does the throat slash gesture to UNC fans after the Iowa State game. Creighton then proceeds to lose by 30.

Mercer’s Kevin Canevari. The NaeNae dancing legend.

#NCAATournament Second Round, Day 1….Welp, That Happened

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I found myself pacing in front of the television late in the second half of the NC State vs St. Louis game, I do this sometimes if a UNC game I am watching is close, I couldn’t believe that NC State was about to give this game away.

St.Louis’ “Hack A Pack” strategy worked. In the last 10:03, including overtime, NC State was 13-for-28 from the free throw line, including a lane violation by Warren. St. Louis wasn’t much better from the free throw line, however, down 14 with 5 minutes left, they came back and won in overtime.  A heartbreaking loss for the Wolfpack. What say you State fans?

Other news from the day… #7 seed Texas beat Arizona State (and their head coach, whatshisname?) on a last second layup.  Two #12 seeds won, North Dakota State beat Oklahoma and Harvard (coached by Tommy Amaker) beat Cincinnati.

ACC teams Syracuse and Pitt won easily. THE University of Dayton upset Ohio State, and blew many Billion Dollar Brackets in the process.

Everybody Dance

from CoachGott.com

NC State vs. Xavier: Dayton, OH. Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. on truTV . The winner of this “play-in” game (although it is technically not a play in game, the tournament is a field of 68, it is a first round game) will be the #12 seed in the Midwest and play #5 Saint Louis on Thursday in Orlando.

Duke vs. Mercer: Raleigh, NC. Friday at 12:15 p.m. on CBS. Duke is also in the Midwest Region as the #3 seed.

UNC vs. Providence: San Antonio, TX.  Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TNT. North Carolina is the #6 seed in the  East Region and will play Big East Champion Providence

NCCU vs. Iowa State: Friday at 9:50 p.m. on TNT.  NC Central, Champions of the MEAC earned their first ever NCAA Tournament bid. The Eagles are the #14 seed and open against Big 12 Tournament Champions Iowa State.

ACC Champions Virginia are the #1 seed in the East Region

Syracuse is the #3 seed in the South Region

Pittsburgh is the #9 seed in the South Region

Yahoo! and Warren Buffet have teamed up for a Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Pick every game correctly and win…

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Monday Fodder: Boeheim goes Ballistic, Wake gets Biscuit’d, Jr. Wins Daytona, RIP Harold Ramis

In the new greatest rivalry in college basketball (according to ESPN), Duke and Syracuse came down to the wire again when Jim Boeheim strongly disagreed with the charge call against T.J. Fair.

Yes Dick Vitale, coaches can scream, but running onto the court to get in the refs face will get you thrown out.

North Carolina won their ninth game in a row easily over Wake Forest 105-72 (nice knowing you Jeff Bzdelik) and travel to Raleigh this week to face NC State. This is really a must win for the Wolfpack, who do not have a signature win this year and are hovering on the NCAA bubble. Three of their last four games at home.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second Daytona 500. Ten years after his first, and the same year the #3 returns to NASCAR.

The man who wrote classics such as Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, died on Monday, he was 69.

…and breakfast is coming to Taco Bell, say hello to the Waffle Taco