Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the Pack's win over Maryland on Sunday night at the RBC Center.

Mark Gottfried

"We're excited. We lost to Maryland nine straight times so you get to change the course of your path. We like that a lot."

"A lot of guys did key things at different times. Calvin was really good at certain times around the rim. If we can keep him around the basket he's just a difficult player to guard."

"Lorenzo Brown was super. Nine assists, one turnover. I thought he was sensational."

"Good win I think against a good team. I think by they are going to get better and better. When we get to the end of February we are going to see Maryland as a really good basketball team with what Mark is doing."

"Late in the game even when he gets the funny bone hit – he still hasn't miss a foul shot yet. He's been really, really good."

"We threw a couple of things at [Stoglin]. He's a really good player. He's a good 3-point shooter, good driver. He's strong so when he gets into the paint he leans in and there's some contact there and its really hard to guard him. He initiates it."

"CJ Williams, Alex, Lorenzo – those three guys I think collectively did a really good job on him. He still gets 25 but I think its a tough 25. He had to earn them."

"They were really excited to play. The last couple of days our practices were terrific. Zoned in, really listening to what you were saying. You can tell when there is that pep in the step and there was some of that the last couple of days."

"We did lose our concentration just a little a bit, that's where we have to be better. We have a nine-point lead I think with three minutes to go and we have to take that nine to 12 or 14 or 15 instead of down to four or five."

"Outside of that I think our guys were really focused in."

"I'm not going to hide from my dreams. That's our goals – I'm not afraid of it and I'm not afraid to say it. Now I've also said its a tall order for our team. Let's be real honest. Keep our eye on the ball now and remember where we've been. And I think we all in this room know where this program has been."

"I didn't come here to play in anything but the NCAA Tournament. Now whether we can get there or not that's a whole other story. And we probably do have a long, long way to go. But I'm not going to hide from that."

"Our guys understand, and we talk to them all the time about it. Each game counts as one."

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