Lowe: 'We Need Brandon'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State's Sidney Lowe met with the media today to discuss the game against Maryland. Much of the press conference focused on sophomore forward Brandon Costner.

On whether or not Brandon Costner will play Saturday at Maryland:
I don't know if he'll be able to play tomorrow. I know he went and had X-rays done yesterday. We'll see how he feels today. If he's not feeling really good I just don't think he should. We need to look out for Brandon more than anything, make sure he's healthy.

While we're on Brandon and that subject. I've been hearing some things, questions and comments, things made about Brandon and our team and ‘are we better off without Brandon' and all this kind of thing like its Brandon's fault. That's really unfair. Not than any of you guys are saying that but I've had some questions asked to me about that kind of thing. That's not fair, it's not fair. He's hurt. We definitely are not better off without Brandon, so that's a stupid question if anyone has ever asked that question. That's a stupid question. Brandon is a good basketball player and when he gets healthy he's going to come back and help us. But this negative stuff that I'm hearing is just not fair. He's doing what we've asked him to do. Is he shooting the ball the way he was last year? No. But that's just one part of the game. Some games he's had 10-11 rebounds or 10-11 free throws at the half but there was no talk about stuff like that. I just wanted to get that out there that no, we are not better off without Brandon Costner; and we look forward to him coming back.

On if he had talked to Brandon about the criticism:
Absolutely. I've talked to him. He knew that we didn't feel that way, but as a coach I think it was important that I let him know that I'm hearing it. And if I'm hearing it I'm assuming that he's hearing it. And it's not fair. It's not fair to him at all. I hope that whoever is making those comments or statements or whatever, that they understand that it's not fair. It bothers me that they're going to try to pick on this young man when he's hurt and focus on him. Let's focus on our team. And to make it clear, that question of ‘are we better off without Brandon.' No. Period. We need Brandon.

On where coach Lowe heard or read some of the said criticism:
Radio. Heard it on the radio, something was said and it's just questions, just things beings said and it's just not fair. That's not the most important thing right now, to talk about Brandon Costner and what he's not doing or whatever. Talk about his injury, yeah, the fact that it hurts us and the kid wants to be out there playing, yeah. But let's talk about our team and what we're doing and what we're trying to do. That's what you want to hear.

On who went to who first:
I went to Brandon. If I hear something I'm sure, because they read the paper, I don't read the paper or Internet or anything like that so I'm sure something could've been said or written. I just wanted to make sure that I got to him before he heard anything.

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