Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the 90-79 win over East Carolina.

Mark Gottfried

"Jeff (Lebo) has a good team. That is a good basketball team we beat today. He has done a great job. They are quick, they spread the floor and they are hard to guard. I thought the first 10-12 minutes of the game they were phenomenal and we had all kinds of trouble guarding them. I think our team beat a good team today. "

"I think (Vandenberg's return from injury) helps a lot. It puts T.J. (Warren) back at his natural position. We had those first four games of the year (prior to Vandenberg's return) and I wasn't comfortable playing two freshmen at the same time. With Jordan and even BeeJay (Anya) coming along now. It allows T.J. to play on the wing, get ahead on the fast break and guard a wing player instead of a post player. He is just more comfortable there. We are a better team with that lineup."

"I thought BeeJay in the first half changed the game. He changed the game. He gave us a great lift, blocking shots. I thought that changed things for us. BeeJay generated that for run for us early."

"Every year is different. Every team is different. I do really like this team. I like the energy every day. There is a real eagerness in practice every day. I like that. It is fun. They are youthful and they're anxious to learn. The most important thing right now—I think our team is improving. I think we're getting better."

"Our Wolfpack Nation, they want to win. They don't care how young we are. They don't care. I get it. I like that. I like that we have a fan base that wants that from their teams. So hopefully we can get better. You just take it day-by-day."

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