NC State postgame: On charters, the Pac-10, rebounding, etc.

2010-12-19T21:35:00Z 2010-12-20T08:38:41Z NC State postgame: On charters, the Pac-10, rebounding, etc.Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Some postgame notes from Raleigh (the full game story and notes have also been posted):

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Here's a link to the boxscore and play by play on N.C. State's website.

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A charter flight didn't do NAU much good the other day but it made life much easier for Arizona.

The Wildcats left town shortly after the game on a charter flight with 70 of the UA's biggest donors, who were invited along for the ride in exchange for belonging to the diamond Wildcat Club level (a $50,000 annual donation).

Miller thanked UA AD Greg Byrne for setting it up, since the flight allowed the team to fly in directly Saturday afternoon and get home tonight instead of having to wake up early Monday and then change planes in Dallas or Houston.

"It helped," Kevin Parrom said. "I think it was the difference. We got here early and we got the W. Just in and out."

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Between UCLA's win over BYU, USC's near-miss at Kansas and now UA's win at N.C. State, the Pac-10 Conference received a much-needed boost this weekend.

So much so that Derrick Williams nearly bristled when asked about the league's struggles.

"I could see last year people were talking about that," Williams said. "But our conference is a lot better this year. Everybody is playing well. Our progress is really good this year and I think people underestimate the whole process.

Williams said the Wildcats do feel it's important to represent the conference as well as themselves.

"All the time. Every time you play out of conference, you want to set an example for the whole conference and that's what we did," Williams said. "Watching the game yesterday, USC played Kansas real tough and that's good for our conference."

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Williams and Parrom both said Sean Miller told the Wildcats before the game they had to take advantage of North Carolina State's poor defensive rebounding.

Well, they did get more defensive rebounds (23) than the Wolfpack (22) did, while Jesse Perry and Williams each had three offensive boards.

"Coach talked about their lack of rebounding," Parrom said, "and told me, Jesse and Solomon what we'd have to do as far as rebounding and it worked out, especially Jesse. Jesse had a great game on the boards."

But it might not have been enough if the Wolfpack shot better than the 31.8 percent it did from the field. NC State outrebounded UA 45-31 overall and had 23 offensive rebounds.

"They really took advantage of us on the glass," Miller said. "For a while there I didn’t know if we could finish the game and win because we didn’t get a stop or a rebound.

"NC State got 23 offensive rebounds and lost. That's a problem for us."

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With the Wildcats at 10-2, the hard-driving Parrom wasn't about to take a breather.

"This is a good road win, but we can't get fat and happy. We have a long season," Parrom said. "We have Robert Morris at home. Gotta get another win at home."

 

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