Friday, December 5, 2008

How will N.C. State defend Curry?

At noon Saturday, N.C. State (4-0) faces national scoring leading Stephen Curry of 22nd-ranked Davidson (5-1) at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

Wing Courtney Fells, the Wolfpack’s primary defensive stopper, will draw the main assignment of guarding Curry, who is averaging 29.2 points per game.

Here is how N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said he plans to deal with Curry:

1. No junk defenses. “I don’t think you change your defense. You just have to be more aware. You have to be solid. Mentally you can’t have a breakdown, because he can burn you.”

2. Keep Fells rested, even if it means using other defenders on Curry: “I think you have to try to stay fresh, because he’s constantly moving to get open. No shot is a bad shot (for Curry), and when you’re playing against a guy like that you can’t afford to relax.”

3. Stop Curry’s teammates: “We can’t pay so much attention to Curry that we ignore the other guys. (Bryant) Barr can shoot the basketball. They have guys that can score the ball. They played against a team (Loyola, Md.) that doubled Curry the entire ballgame, and still (Davidson) won by. . .30 points.” – Ken Tysiac


Chris said...

How will N.C. State defend Curry?

Not very well.