TELECONFERENCE: Mark Gottfried

NC State head coach Mark Gottfried fielded questions from the media on the ACC's weekly teleconference.

Opening Statement:
We feel a little better about ourselves because of our game against Clemson last Saturday. At the same time, we know we have to get ready to play an extremely talented and very good basketball team in North Carolina.

We need to have a couple of good days of practice and make sure we're ready to go on Wednesday night.

Cat Barber was more of a facilitator against Clemson. Was that something defensively or just one of those games everybody has?
I think it was one of those games. Clemson is very good defensively, and I'm sure that has something to do with it, but Cat has seen all sorts of defenses. He's played against teams that have defended him differently.

I don't know there was anything unique Clemson did. I think it was more along the lines that he had a tough day.

You did win the game when he had his worst offensive outing in the ACC season.  Other people stepped up.
I think that was a good sign for our team, on a night when Cat struggled, we had other guys offensively contributing. We rebounded the ball really well, especially our offensive rebounding.

We had different guys step up and make big shots at key times. A lot of times for us that's been Cat that's made those shots.

I think that's a great sign for our team.

One of those guys that stepped up was Maverick Rowan. He should still be in high school... can you talk about his development and growth?
I think Maverick has had a really good freshman season. We've asked him to play a lot of minutes, he's had a lot of responsibilities this year. I think he's done very well.

Like some freshmen he's been up-and-down, but if you step back, you say, "Wow, what a terrific freshman year he's had."  He's got better, and he'll continue to get better here in the future.

I'm really proud of what he's been able to do for a young guy.


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