PC: Lowe Meets the Media

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Sidney Lowe met with the media today to discuss the Wolfpack's 5-2 start.

Sidney Lowe

On playing in Reynolds:
"Our red-white was really the initiation of the fact that I'm back in the building where I played. Certainly the feeling and the atmosphere brought back some memories. This ballgame is going to be a good one for us to be there, it gets pretty loud out in there. We know our fans will come out and support us, I'm looking forward to it."

On Savannah State:
"We have to be ready to play. They are very guard dominated and they push the ball up the floor. They try to penetrate, try to create and cause problems for you. They are quick and small, we have to defend the perimeter first. Keep those guys out of the lane, make sure we contest shots. We should control the boards, we have to give them one shot and take advantage on the other end."

On players response to two-straight losses:
"It's disappointing obviously, to lose games. But the way we've played and the effort that these guys put out there, I'm still just proud of them. With injuries, with guys not playing with us, they haven't complained. We went on the road and played a good Virginia team and played them well, felt we had a chance to win. Then we went and played a good West Virginia team. That's good experience for us, hopefully it will help us down the road."

On Brian Neiman:
"Brian has been a pleasant surprise. That he's played and handled it the way he has. The way he's handled the entire experience – his work ethic, coming in early to shoot around and work with coaches. He stays after to make sure he gets his shots in again. It's been a lot on his part, realizing this is an opportunity for him to play and he's been taking advantage of it."

On Engin Atsur's status:
"He's slowly coming. We still don't know when, there's a prediction date but he's still day-to-day. We'll see how he feels."

On the 'prediction date':
"We're hoping maybe by the Alabama game that he might be able to come back. That's a might."

On how injuries have affected the team:
"It's a frustrating thing from a coaching standpoint, but not to the point where we use it as an excuse. Injuries are something you have no control over. But our guys just continue to play – we go out and play the best we can and the hardest we can. We don't look back."

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