Lowe: 'I Don't Let It Worry Me'

RALEIGH, NC -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe spoke to the media today about his team and the upcoming game against Florida State.

Sidney Lowe

"We were hanging in there, it didn't turn out well. [FSU] hurt us, the bigs hurts us on offensive rebounds and second shot opportunities. We turned it over a couple of times. It was guys like Shannon really played well for them, those guys really made the difference in that ball game."

"As a coach, you are always trying to figure out what you could have done better. You look at doing different things, you look at lineups, defensively, offensively, that's just something you do as a coach. That's a tough question because that is an every day occurrence for coaches."

"I really haven't. We've got one more game in the regular season and we're going to go out and try to win that ball game and do some of the things we have done well a couple of games ago and see if we can get a win. Take care of this one Sunday and then go into the tournament."

"Tracy [Smith] has meant a great deal to this program. He's grown over the years, it's unfortunate that he gets an injury like this his senior year, but he's come in and done everything we've asked him to do. He was patient as a freshman, he waited his turn, which is hard to for a lot of players. When he got his time he took advantage of it. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to coach him."

"Javi [Gonzalez] could not have come at a more difficult time, in other words, as a freshman, being thrust into that situation. Without question it's the toughest position on the court to play and then he's playing against very good players. For a lot of guys, that can cause some doubt in your mind about your ability to play on this level. It didn't with him, he got better. He's been good for us, he's fought the entire time."

"[Deshawn Painter] is healthy, it's just a difficult thing to play three centers. That's just hard to do. Just seeing more from Jordan and he's done well. Jordan, just like Deshawn, is the future of this program. He's taken advantage of it."

"Jordan is a really good teammate, he doesn't worry about scoring. If he gets it, fine, but his thing is he wants to get his teammates off. He wants to give them help. When you have a guy that takes pride in doing those little things and that's where Jordan is going. He's going to be more involved and more important to this team than people think."

"No I haven't thought about that, because it's not about me and I've never been one to think short of anything, so I won't start now. It's about my players, it's about the seniors, their last day and hoping we can send them off on a good note. That's what it's all about."

"My every day life gets me away from that. When I wake up in the morning and I walk out my door and I'm healthy, that gets me away from it. This is a job. I'm not going to say that this is not important, but being able to wake up and see people and do things, that's important to me. I don't let it worry me."

"You can't take one negative thing that happens, unless it's something devastating, and let that control your life when you have 25 positive things. That's not the way it is. If one door closes, he'll open another one."

"They lose that size and that energy, [Chris Singleton's] help is from his energy and the running and rebounding and defending. Certainly he can score the ball but just in a different way. But they've done a great job, they are still good. They are getting their points in a different way from different people."

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