Gottfried: "It's Not Acceptable"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media following the loss to Cincinnati.

Mark Gottfried

"Well, first of all Cincinnati outplayed us. Period. You have to give those guys credit and I don't want to take anything away from Cincinnati. They outplayed us. End of story."

"I'm disappointed we came out with very little energy and very little enthusiasm."

"We were not sharp at all to start the game. We got ourselves in a hole early, and it's tough to claw your way out of a hole all the time."

"Truly and sincerely apologize to our fans. If I'm a... first of all it starts with me. I get it. It's my job, it's why I'm here. It's why I'm paid to be the basketball coach here, to be better than we were today, period."

"We have some guys that need to understand it's a privilege to putt he uniform on and a privilege to walk out in front of 17,000 fans. You cannot walk out there casually and expect to be a really good basketball player or really good basketball team."

"We have to do a better job in practice."

"I'm disappointed in our approach and our energy early in the game."

"We struggled to guard them all day."

"Defensively we were a step slow."

"Offensively... the ball stuck in our hands and the guards didn't want to throw the ball inside. So the defense just stayed matched up on us on the perimeter and every shot was a hard shot."

"The ball has to move better."

"Got to do a better job Joe. I look out there, and I've got some really good ball-handling guards. I've got to do a better job of teaching what we're trying to teach to attack the pressure."

"We start the game and they trap Cat and he threw it right in the guys hands and he layed it in. Trevor ended up with five turnovers, and those are our two ballhandling guards."

"We should not struggle against pressure with the two terrific ballhandlers we have on the floor. We have to do a better job... there's no doubt in my mind."

"[Ralston has] had three games in a row that he's struggled. He looks tired to me, doesn't look like he's got a lot of energy.I have to figure out with him why that is. He played phenomenally well against Tennessee, and he's struggled since. We have to get him back to playing well. Defensively today he really struggled as well."

"Nope, we played them last year. They did the same thing. We just weren't mentally locked in as much as you have to be as a college basketball player. You have to understand everybody you play is really good."

"To come out and play casual to me is just not acceptable... it's just not acceptable."

"Our perimeter guys played catch with each other [in the first half]. They just threw the ball to each other, rarely threw the ball inside... on the perimeter they just matched right up with us and every play became a difficult play off the dribble. They have to trust our inside guys... throw the ball to them some."

"It just became very difficult to get a good shot because we didn't move the ball well, didn't throw it inside, didn't throw it to the high-post... everything became a difficult shot."

"Is it trending? Yeah, it's two games in a row we've played like that. It's not acceptable."

"I need to figure out who I need to play. We'll see."

"I'm concerned about getting our team to play its best basketball. That's what we need to do. I'm not worried about trending... I'm not worried about all that."

"We need to start winning in practice. That's the first thing for me. I'm going to find guys that have great passion and energy. We need to play better."

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