Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the win over Boise State.

Mark Gottfried

"Well, my first thought is we beat a well-coached, well-disciplined, veteran team that has a lot of poise."

"It was a tough game for our post players because of how they play."

"We went small and had to adjust how we traditionally try to play."

"The small lineup helped us defend them better... they didn't get as many open looks from the 3-point line."

"Our guys did a nice job of just hanging in there and fighting through all of that."

"It ended up being a good win for our team."

"They didn't shoot the ball well in the first half, and I'm not sure a lot of that had to do with our defense."

"They had good shots and just didn't make them. At halftime we felt like they were going to make shots."

"We had a hard time staying with him. BeeJay, that's just foreign territory for him. He's out there running around trying to guard that guy."

"Trevor stepped up and made big shots."

"They showed that we have something to us a little bit."

"I don't know for sure, I don't have a crystal ball, but that's a good basketball team."

"That's a veteran team that's won a lot of games."

"You hope that you're not on the bubble, we seem to live on the bubble, but if you end up in the conversation where your team is getting compared to other teams... those games all end up being in your favor."

"I think they are going to win 18, 20, 25 games."

"Tough games like this make you learn who needs to do what... how do we need to play?"

"In a 25-point win you don't learn as much... we're learning right now about our team."

"I think I know him as well as anybody, watched him in high school, watched him play for Alabama. He's made more big shots at big times than most anybody I've been around."

"It doesn't surprise me. He stepped up when our team needed him to and he made two huge baskets... he delivered at the right time for our team."


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