Q&A with NC State’s Mark Gottfried

Coach Mark Gottfried
Coach Mark Gottfried

The Wolfpack Men’s Basketball team will play all home games at the PNC Center while Reynolds Coliseum undergoes massive renovation.

NC State’s season kicks off against Cal State Los Angeles November 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $7 (parking passes cost $10). Team members will sign autographs on opening day.

We talked with head coach Mark Gottfried about the 2015-2016 season.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge you anticipate?

A: We need to replace our 3-point shooters. The question will be if we can be a good 3-point shooting team.

Q: What are some of the team’s biggest strengths this coming season?

NC State basketball game
NC State basketball game

A: I do think we are athletic, and we have some quickness. We also have some very versatile players.

Q: What would your players say is your “catchphrase” in the locker room—something you say all the time to motivate?

A: “They gotta guard us too, pal!” Although I save that for our bigger games.

Q: Do you have a favorite after-game spot in Raleigh?

A: That’s a really tough one. I have a lot of favorites in Raleigh and a lot of great friends in the restaurant business here. That’s one of the great things about Raleigh. There are so many great choices.

Pack plays Broughton

The women’s basketball team will play all home games at Broughton High School during the Reynolds reno. Well-heeled basketball aficionados know that some good bball has been played at this historic Raleigh high school. NBA players Pete Maravich and Shavlik Randolph were graduates as was former NC State player and NCCU coach Phil Spence. We feel sure the women Wolfpack will honor the tradition.

The men and women will play a doubleheader Friday, November 13 at the PNC Center—the men against William & Mary; the women against Villanova. Gopack.com

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