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Powell’s Point No. 7

Feb. 1, 2000

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Journal Entry #7, February 1, 2000

The loss at Duke was disappointing Saturday. We played a good second half, but it was to little to late, the half time deficit was too much. But as a young team, it was encouraging to see us come out and continue to fight in the second half. It is always exciting to play at Duke, and since North Carolina State has closed Reynolds Coliseum, it is probably the best road game of the year. The students there are very loud and they always have something entertaining to say.

The game against Georgia Tech Wednesday is HUGE. Tech is 2-5 in the ACC right now and if we win, we will be tied half way through the conference. Above Tech, there are three teams with only three wins, Maryland, Wake Forest and Florida State. I look for us to have a second half much like last year when we went 4-4. We get UNC, Duke, Maryland and Florida State at home which helps out.

Adam Allenspach health is still unclear, but he will probably miss the Georgia Tech game. If he is out an extended period of time, depth will become a factor in the post, just as it was a factor at the guard position earlier this year. With Adam out and Javtokas’ departure, we are down to only three post players in Chucky Gilmore, Tomas Nagys and Ray Henderson. We also have Dustin Braddick and Ray Henderson and Tomas Nagys will have to play big roles until Allenspach returns.

Look for big performances by Pasha Bains and Edward Scott to also help Will Solomon during Allenspach’s absence. Wednesday’s game is very big and a great home crowd can only be a plus.