Friday, March 25, 2005

End Of The Line

NC State was beaten by Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament tonight. Since the Wolfpack had a nine point lead at halftime, the loss was particularly disappointing.

State opened the game by making its first six three-point attempts, then missed 15 of its next 18 three-pointers. As I outlined in a post early in the season, State's weaknesses were a lack of rebounding prowess and the tendency of Julius Hodge to hog the ball even when his shot is cold.

In the past few weeks, State had worked harder on rebounding, and Hodge had done a better job of distributing the ball to his teammates. Tonight, the old problems returned, as Wisconsin had a rebounding edge of 12 and Hodge shot 4-16 from the field.

And, what the hell was with Bill Raftery referring to State's coach as Herbie all night?


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