Lowe Silent on Changes

Raleigh, N.C. – NC State head coach Sidney Lowe held a press conference today at the Weisiger-Brown complex to discuss tomorrow's game against Georgia Tech. Here are some major comments from today's meeting with the media.

A sleep-deprived Sidney Lowe addressed the media Friday in preparation for Saturday's home showdown against Georgia Tech. Lowe was in Birmingham, Alabama last night, watching potential recruit DeMarcus Cousins take on Derrick Favors, who committed to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

Though the Pack lost the recruiting battle for Favors, the Pack must defend its home court against the Yellow Jackets, whose aggressiveness has impressed Lowe in the early ACC season.

"They'll get up in you defensively. But also offensively they're going to run at you and come at you and try to pound that thing in," Lowe said. "Let's face it. That's what it comes down to in these games is being aggressive. Who is the aggressive team?"

In its home loss to Florida State, the Pack seemed to lack that aggressiveness, particularly from its veterans. As a result, Lowe went to a young and unusual lineup that may continue to earn minutes against the Yellow Jackets. Though Lowe would not specify, there will be a change to the starting lineup for Saturday's game.

"I can't tell you right now," Lowe said. "I was going to say I don't know, but I do know. I'm honest about it. I'd rather not say right now. But there is a decision that has been made."

Lowe said redshirt junior Trevor Ferguson will "suit up," though he is uncertain of how much he will play due to a lingering injury to his shooting hand. The anticipated move will likely involve more playing time for the team's freshmen.

"I'm fortunate that I have some young guys that deserve to play," Lowe said. "Not just because you're looking towards the future. Julius Mays has worked his way up there to play. C.J. [Williams] has played well for us. He's done what we've expected… Johnny Thomas is healthy. He brings a totally different dimension to our team with his athleticism and his aggressiveness.

"It's about trying to win the games and they're going to be in there."

Mays, in particular, has impressed Lowe with his play at the point.

"He knows how to run that position," Lowe said. "His strength isn't his quickness. His strength is his mind. And now his mind has got to get to the point where he can take advantage of that over guys that are quicker."

According to Lowe, the Pack will have to dig deep defensively and crash the boards hard against a formidable GT front line featuring Gani Lawal, Alade Aminu, and Zach Peacock. As Lowe said after the loss to Florida State, a win will require his veterans to step up.

"It's going to be a great test for our big men," Lowe said.

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