Observations From the Game: Virginia

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some thoughts and observations from NC State's 76-45 loss to Virginia.

NC State fell behind early and never made it much of a game, falling to Virginia 76-45 in PNC Arena.


From the start, it wasn't pretty for the Wolfpack and frankly it never got better. There wasn't a positive statistic in the game.

NC State's 36.8% shooting in the first half was better than the pathetic 23.1% they shot in the second half. 16 turnovers with just seven assists. 28.9% for the game. 20% from 3. 4 fastbreak points.

NC State's offense was stagnant and no one was able to get going. Even T.J. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, struggled, as he hit just 1-of-9 field goals and the four points he scored was the lowest total for the sophomore all season.

"They were physical with [Warren]," said Gottfried. "Sometimes you start hunting for fouls and mentally it can take you out of the game.

"The bumps, we let it affect us... we just stood around as if we didn't want to cut through physical defense."

First-Half Defense
Compounding the problem for NC State was they had no answers for Virginia in the first half.

The Cavs shot 60% from the field and 90% from the free throw line. They used their defense to score 16 points off turnovers and had 10 fastbreak points. Even when NC State had a good defensive possession a UVA player seemed to knock down a contested jumper.

"In the first half, I don't know that they could play better and I don't think we could play any worse," said Gottfried. "So a perfect storm. We were pitiful in the first half and offensively basically the whole game. We were better defensively the second half.

"In the second half we defended them better but we still couldn't score. We couldn't make up any ground."

Post Defense
Virginia came out and established the tone early by going right at NC State's big men, and they did so with sophomore center Mike Tobey.

Tobey had his way early on with Jordan Vandenberg, finishing at the rim or taking him to the perimeter. He totaled a team-high 16 points and also added seven rebounds while forward Akil Mitchell totaled eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Sure, NC State blocked eight shots, but that didn't stop Virginia from continually attacking the rim and the paint. The Cavs finished the game with 38 points in the paint to just 16 for the Wolfpack.

It was just another area where NC State struggled.

"You can talk about every aspect of the game, and I'm not sure we were very good in any of them," said Gottfried.

PACK +/-
+/- is essentially the points scored by a team minus the points allowed by a team while a certain player is on the floor.

So, as you can see below, Tyler Lewis had a +/- of 0. That means NC State scored the same amount of points as Virginia with Lewis on the floor. Cat Barber was -32... State was outscored by 32 points when Barber was on the floor.

Tyler Lewis: 0
Lennard Freeman: -11
BeeJay Anya: -13
Jordan Vandenberg: -15
Ralston Turner: -16
Kyle Washington: -18
T.J. Warren: -22
Desmond Lee: -28
Cat Barber: -32

Freshman forward Kyle Washington played 20 minutes and finished the game with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. He also tallied five rebounds and four blocks.

NC State finished the game with 13 made field goals and 16 turnovers. It's never a positive when you have more turnovers than baskets in a game.

Mark Gottfried:
"We won at Notre Dame, it's one win – that's all it is. We lose at home, that's one loss. We got to get it back."

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