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Sun will have to rise elsewhere for Gottfried

Sun will have to rise elsewhere for Gottfried

The dismal end for North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was a lethargic 75-61 loss to Clemson on Tuesday in the ACC Tournament’s first round. The fired coach walked off the court in Brooklyn with players guilty of lacking fire.How could it end this way for a coach with a...

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

The ACC enters the postseason with the potential to have 10 teams earn NCAA bids. The conference has a good chance to end up with two Final Four teams for the second straight year. Here’s what was to like and not like about the 2017 ACC basketball season. ... Click here for...

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

UNC-Wilmington’s Chris Flemmings is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association pick that grew up in North Carolina State’s backyard, although he was lightly recruited at Green Hope High in Raleigh’s suburban Cary.Not bad for a fifth-year senior that has developed into a nice...

NC State unable to change culture of program

NC State unable to change culture of program

If Phil Jackson were around Raleigh these days, he’d have posted a Twitter message that read, “you don’t change the spot on a leopard.”North Carolina State’s 88-58 humiliation at Wake Forest on Saturday has confirmed this is all but a lost season. The Wolfpack dropped to 14-12...

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfried apparently missed the Arizona-Stanford game on ESPN with Bill Walton aired on Jan. 29, 2014. That’s understandable since his own team made the NCAA Tournament that year.Had Gottfried been watching, he would have learned a...

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

A North Carolina State big man provided the difference in the Wolfpack’s 84-82 upset of Duke on Monday night with a double-double, but the surprise was both who he was and wasn’t.Actually, it was two big men that Duke acting head coach Jeff Capel praised in his postgame comments....

NC State starting to play to its potential

NC State starting to play to its potential

North Carolina State sometimes looks like a team that can beat anybody in the ACC. But the Wolfpack also can get beaten by any team in the conference as it seeks consistency.N.C. State routed No. 21-ranked Virginia Tech 104-78 behind a triple double from Dennis Smith (27 points,...

North Carolina State starting new season

North Carolina State starting new season

North Carolina State’s record is listed at 8-2 following a 97-64 victory over Appalachian State Thursday night at PNC Arena. Actually, the Wolfpack is 1-0.N.C. State essentially started its season with the App State victory. It was the first time this year the Wolfpack had its...

Dennis Smith still gaining his college legs

Dennis Smith still gaining his college legs

North Carolina State fans waited the past year for the debut of freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a player projected as high as the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.They’ll have to wait at least a couple more days to see what Smith really has to offer the program. He was...

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Six years ago at the start of the 2010-’11 season, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski declared unequivocally that Kyrie Irving was his starting point guard. He considered him one of the best players in the nation.Irving didn’t disappoint. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...