RALEIGH, NC --- North Carolina State needs leadership. Richard Howell said so.
And he's right. The Wolfpack has all of the tools in the shed to develop into an outstanding team that sticks around for a while in the NCAA Tournament, but it isn't going to happen if this club doesn't identify a capable leader, soon.
That was apparent in NC State's 20-point loss to Oklahoma State last Sunday and again Friday night at home in an 82-80 victory over UNC Asheville. Friday's performance was more perplexing than last week's because of the opponent and how one would have expected the Pack to come out and play.
Second-year coach Mark Gottfried said it would have been easy to expect to "blow 'em out of here right from the get-go," but that wasn't the case. He believes his team was wound too tight, though their nonchalant ball handling and passing, laissez-faire defensive effort, and overall body language for most of the first 34 minutes of the game told a different story.
It spoke of a te...