Gottfried: "We Have To Get It Back"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Virginia Tech.

Mark Gottfried

"Great day today, we had a ton of energy, and we recognize that we didn't play very well at all. We have to get it back."

"It's a good opportunity for our guys, and we're taking it one game at a time. We understand our backs are against the wall and our guys had a great day today. I'm excited about that."

"[We played well] for about a quarter. That's not going to cut it. We know it. We peed down our leg. We didn't play and we gave away an opportunity. We have to find a way to get it back."

"T.J. is just a rare player that makes so many different shots. I don't know that those are things that he practices, he's just kind of natural, it's how he grew up playing. It makes him a great scorer."

"They played Virginia tough, they've played really well at times. They've struggled some at times too, but I think for us the most important thing is we have to play our best, regardless of who we are playing."

"The focus is more on us and how we're playing right now. That's more important to us."

"The Clemson game was disappointing. We didn't play well, we didn't rebound the ball well, we couldn't make a shot, we couldn't defend."

"We have played well on the road before. We have to get that back here against Virginia Tech."

"T.J. is as good as anybody in the league or better, and I think he's proven it night in and night out. We'll see. I think a lot of those things are determined by how our team does and we have to finish strong."

"They are all must-wins. Every game is a must-win. You have to win your way into the tournament. You can't trick the committee. You better find a way to get it done, and that's our job right now, to get it done on the court. That starts on Saturday."

"He's concentrated better, and he's spent extra time after practice... I think he's going to finish really strong."


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