The NC State Wolfpack have officially seen their season come to an end with their loss at UAB. I would be hiding my face like Sidney Lowe is in the picture above if I had loss to UAB by 20.
The game against UAB was absolutely the worst game of the season for the Wolfpack, outside of Dennis Horner the team shot a combined 12 of 41 (29%).
I know what your thinking, that this is just another article that is going to smash Sidney Lowe, but on the contrary, I would like to say that he did a fantastic job in the ACC tournament and against South Florida.
Sidney Lowe's crew had a rather shaky year, they finished the season with an overall record of 20 wins and 16 losses. Their conference record was a sub-par five wins and 11 losses, but they had good wins against: Duke, Florida State (twice), Akron, Clemson, Wake, and Marquette.
The common theme in the majority of their wins is that they limited turnovers and shot above or around 45%. Dennis Horner was also a major key player because when he scored 15 or more points the Wolfpack were 15-2 in terms of wins.
Tracy Smith was probably the best player on the NC State squad, he was in the top ten of scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage in the ACC.
He really came into his own this year as he was a force inside, despite his size—6'9"—he was still effective, even against the ACC's taller guys.
This season really showed that with experience the guys Sidney Lowe has bought in can get it done. This was epically evident later in the season with their run in the ACC tournament.
Next season was looking to be the best season the Wolfpack has had since the 2004-2005 season, when Herb Sendek was the coach and Julius Hodge was the ACC Basketball Player of the Year.
Unfortunately that hope dismissed a bit in the past few weeks, when Luke Cothron decommitted from NC State. He was the second player to decommit, after C.J. Lesie, but there is still hope that Lesie will come back.
Fortunately Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown are both still expected to be on their way. Both Harrow and Brown are much needed guards who can dribble, drive, shoot, and create for themselves and others.
They are much needed because Farnold Degand is a senior and will be graduating this year, and let's face it, Javier Gonzalez will never be able to run Lowe's system with great success. He will have his good games but Lowe's system has everything going through the point guard and Javier just isn't capable of running that style.
I think that if I were to grade this year on a grading scale of A to E, I would give them a B. I think they deserve a B because they played well above everybody else's expectations, including mine. They also made a deep run into the ACC tournament and they made the NIT.
Hopefully next year Sidney Lowe will be able to take the Wolfpack into the Big Dance, and not only to the tournament but far into the tournament.