Lowe: Patience Is Key Against Syracuse's Zone

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe met with the media today to discuss the upcoming game against Syracuse.

Sidney Lowe

"The first thing is you have to lose confidence in order to restore it. I don't think our team lost any confidence. Certainly we were not pleased with the way we played, but it's not going to bother our confidence."

"We had a great practice today. Our guys were very upbeat, positive talking about this next game. I think you have to be able to do that. You have to certainly be disappointed in a loss and not playing well."

"I've said it about this group, they are a positive group. They still believe in themselves and we believe in them. They know that we believe in them. They know to look forward to the next game. It's a long year, so I'm not really surprised that they came back with that kind of attitude."

"C.J. Williams, Deshawn Painter has been great. Tracy was good with the guys yesterday talking... I think that's something that started with that group last year and just carried over to this year."

"You never forget about it, but you have to move on, you have to learn from it. You've got to be realistic. We have to take the positive things that we did well."

"We have to learn from every game."

"Defensively, we've got to get better. That's what we worked on again today, our perimeter defense. We've got to keep the ball out of the paint, too much dribble penetration."

"It's one game. The reality is we went in there with a very young team, a very tough game, against an experienced team that hasn't lost a lot of games there. We didn't play as well as we wanted to, and they made everything, they made absolutely everything. So we have to take the positives from it and get better."

"I don't know if it's a good thing to play a tough team like this, but it could work out that way."

"Having these games, hopefully down the road it will help our guys be prepared for conference play."

"They are going to play zone. They are long and athletic, and we have to be patient with it. I think that's one of the toughest things, especially for a young team, is to be patient when you are playing against a zone because the first thought is threes."

"They are thinking we want to move it and jack up threes, but we have to be patient and move it and know that against a zone we still want to get the ball inside."

"Then the guys have to know who really can shoot the threes. You have to be patient enough to work the ball around to the guys who are three-point shooters. Patience is the first thing, and then we have to defend them. We have to keep them out of the lane and rebound the basketball. We don't want to get into a halfcourt set where we have to run against their zone."

"We want to push it up the floor."

"The key is not how many things you can run, but which you can run effectively."

"At times we actually executed well and had open looks, they just came out. Even to start the game we came out and executed, we missed a couple of guys that were open, but we executed it right."

"We stayed too much on the perimeter with it."

"The effort was there. They executed well and they made shots. This is how they cause teams problem. When their guards penetrate, their bigs don't roll, they roll out to the three-point line."

"We didn't keep the ball in front of us on penetration, that's what hurt us the most."

"You keep working at it. As coaches, we say you can't teach toughness, but you can, you can definitely work at it. I think that comes from your practice. If you're working in drills and doing things to make them battle, don't settle for anything less than that. If they don't do it you have to stop and correct it. You just keep working at it.

"There's a difference from being tough in high school and being tough in college. We have to teach them how to be tough. A lot of coaches say that and it's only because there are certain players who come with that, it's their makeup, but I think your practices can help make guys tough. That's what we're trying to do."

"Make it competitive. Make everything count. If you don't win, there's a price to pay in practice."

"I don't think it's hard to do. We've got to work at it. We've got to stay on it everyday. Again, the experienced guys... those guys have been there before. They sort of understand it a little more."

"I kept saying it early, let's not put too much on these guys. They are good basketball players but they have a lot to learn and they are going to be very good. But, there is more than just the basketball part of it they have to learn in terms of how to win. There is a lot more to it, but they will get it, and the returning players have been good in talking with them about it."

"There's nothing like a little humble pie, and I think that happens all across the country."

"It's tough to lose... there's nothing worse than losing. This is the worst feeling, but at the same time there could be something positive from it."

"It's his character. It's his upbringing. It's the way [C.J. Williams] was taught from his high school coach to his dad, to his mom. He's always been grounded, well-grounded, and a team guy, and that's been very good for us."

"He understands that as coaches we are going to lead.. but he knows there's a difference with it coming from within the guys."

"It's the situation we're dealing with right now. We're missing a 16-point scorer, someone that would settle us down, but at the same time, as we told our guys today, if Deshawn is ducking in and he's got the guy on his back, you've got to give him the ball. If C.J. Leslie is ducking and he's got the guy on his back, you've got to give him the ball. That's the right basketball decision to make."

"That guy has to decide whether he can make a move or not or kick it back out."

"If you're not going to go north-south after two or three dribbles than it's time to move the ball, and that's a part of learning."

"He's trying to run the team. When he's not aggressive, it's not to [Javi's] advantage, it's not to our advantage, but he's trying to get everyone going, everyone off."

"That's why from the beginning I said let's not put too much on these kids, our kids in particular, they are not the saviors. They are coming in to be a part, they are coming in to be a part of something. There are very few special, special high school players that come in... now tehre are some very good players, but the special ones are those that come in and dominate. We have some good freshmen, we do. They are talented, but they have a lot to learn."

"I don't think it's quite fair because they are trying to live up to expectations that someone put on them and that's a lot of pressure for a young man."

"I think certainly part of what makes good players good is they do have confidence in themselves."

"[C.J. Leslie] was great. He came in and said coach I understand. That's what is important. It's important that he and I, and not just C.J., but any of our players, they understand and accept responsibility and then we move on. This morning he was great, he was very talkative, and we move on. It goes beyond, that stuff goes beyond basketball. It goes beyond that particular day or night. It's for later on, down the road, growth."

"I'm not going to take a guy out for just a bad decision and not play him again? I'm not going to do that."

"I want to see [C.J. Leslie] continue to grow and play as hard as he can. That's it. Play as hard as he can and continue to improve, continue to get better. My expectation for him is not carrying this team, my expectations from him as a freshman is to play as hard as he can and do what he can to help this ballclub... continue to get better and learn. That's it from me."

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