Gottfried talks hoops with NC State Lawyers Alumni Society

November 2, 2012
By Bill Krueger

More than 60 lawyers, all of them alumni of NC State, gathered at the Park Alumni Center today to hear from some of the university’s top professors on subjects like forensic examinations and the potential legal impact of the 2012 elections.

But first they had a chance to talk a little basketball.

Head basketball coach Mark Gottfried talked with the group over lunch, telling them he was excited about the upcoming basketball season. But he also said he has to make sure his players don’t get caught up in the preseason hype for the Wolfpack team, which has been picked by many to win the ACC and be one of the top teams in the country.

“It’s easy to drink the Kool-Aid and get all up up in all of that,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t let that happen.”

gottfriedtalks42But Gottfried said he likes the players on his team, from the four returning starters to the three freshmen. “I like my team, I do, but I have questions like every coach does,” he said.

Gottfried said the team has benefited from preseason games in Spain and a private scrimmage earlier this week against East Carolina. “Our team is a little father ahead at this point that in past years,” he said.

But he said NC State faces a tough schedule this year, with games against strong mid-majors like Cleveland State and Norfolk State as well as games against more traditional powerhouses like Michigan, Stanford and UConn. And then there is the newly expanded 18-game ACC schedule.

“We have a good schedule this year,” he said. “We need to play well.”

Gottfried said the expanded ACC schedule will be harder for all the teams, but that the extra two conference games will help raise the RPI ratings for each team, increasing their chances of getting into the NCAA tournament.

Gottfried also said he was pleased that NC State will be playing in the Jimmy V Classic in New York. He said Adidas has made special uniforms for the event that will highlight NC State’s ties to Jim Valvano. That will include having Valvano’s phrase, “Never Give Up,” on the backs of the jerseys instead of player names.

“It’s important for us to play in that event,” he said. “It’s great for our program and great for our university.”


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