Locker Room Report: Sidney Lowe

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NC State Head Coach Sidney Lowe discusses the Pack's performance against Miami in the 2008 ACC Tournament.

Sidney Lowe

"The scoring has been our problem. The scoring has really been our problem, and that's something we had last year. That's something we had last year. We always shot a pretty high percentage from the field and we didn't do that this year."

"I didn't start [J.J. Hickson] because of a team rule that he broke, so I didn't start him. He understood that. I talked to him beforehand. That's part of being a team and a part of having rules. He didn't do it intentionally, but he did it. You've got to deal with that."

"He did a great job. I told him don't force anything because I'm going to keep coming to you."

"As far as him leaving, that's something we're going to sit down and talk with J.J. and talk with his grandmother and talk with his people and see what's best for J.J. My concern is him #1 and then our team second. I told him that when I recruited him that he's going to have a great opportunity, but personally I'd like for him to take advantage of his ability, and he knows, and not to sell himself short by just going just to go. That's something we'll talk about and then we're going to wish him well."

"Our defense I thought was pretty good. Holding these guys to 36% shooting and Jack McClinton to eight points, that's a heckuva job."

"If you think back and watch probably our first six perimeter shots, we were wide open. We were wide open... it makes it tough because it puts that strain on your defense where you have to get a stop every single time."

"We just need to get better. We all need to get better. We're a team. We all lost today and we need to get better. I think this summer is going to be very important to a lot of our players... the summer program and getting ready for next year."

"We have to make shots. We can't go the entire season and have maybe six games where we're shooting 48%, 47%... we're just going to have to get better. All of us, everybody."

"You're here to try to win a game. That's the object of it. You want to win basketball games, and you want to play the guys that you feel are playing well. It's not fair to play a guy just because it's his last game if he's not having one of his better games."

"I'm just a competitor. I want to win. I want to win, and that is what I was thinking about."

"I think we didn't have throughout the year that real leader. That guy, that Engin, who kept everything together on the floor."

"As a coach you can only do so much. You've got to have somebody, one or two players, that are going to control the team."

"You're asking me if I'm going to leave? [Laughs] You're asking me if I'm going to leave? I've never quit in my life. I've never quit in my life."

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