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Maryland 75, NC State 67
   Posted by Backing The Pack at  3/11/2011 5:28:28 AM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
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GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Lorenzo Brown #2 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack rebounds against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Maryland won 75-67 in regulation.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Four Factors NCSU UMD
eFG% 35.0 48.3
Turnover Rate 10.2 21.7
Off Reb Rate 32.8 20.0
FT Rate 22.5 41.4

 

  Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
UMD 75 78.5 95.6 85.4
NCSU 67 78.5 85.4 95.6

 

Box Score

State did tonight what it has done all year--took care of the basketball but shot poorly and lost. There was some irony to this outcome; the turnover and rebounding problems that plagued the majority of the Sidney Lowe era were not issues tonight, but the end was as obvious as ever. The Pack finished the night with a +9 turnover margin and attempted 80 shots to Maryland's 58. A couple of years ago, these results would have meant an easy win for NC State.

Tonight, this year, they made little difference because the shooting wasn't there. It wasn't there because they could not execute the open looks they had and wasted too many possessions with horrible, contested shots. Javi Gonzalez, Ryan Harrow, CJ Leslie, Lorenzo Brown ... each made room for laughably contrived scoring opportunities, and that is not the sort of avalanche from which the team's defense could recover.

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