NC State Basketball

N.C. State vs. Wisconsin: Experience and Maturity Downs the Wolfpack Again

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 13:  Members of the North Carolina State Wolfpack stand during a timeout against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in their semifinal game in the 2010 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on on March 13, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Allen LoppCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2010

The N.C. State Wolfpack traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, as part of the Big Ten-ACC challenge.

The Wolfpack stayed with the Badgers for about seven minutes until the maturity and experience got to be too much for the young Wolfpack as they fell to the Badgers 87-48.

The Badgers had no problem scoring on the Wolfpack's lackadaisical defense, they shot 54 percent from the field and 61 percent from beyond the arc.

Jon Leuer scored 22 points on seven-of-11 from the field and also had 11 rebounds. For the Wolfpack the top scorer was Scott Wood with 13 points, on 50 percent shooting from behind the arc.

The Wolfpack showed no effort on defense, and on offense they weren't much better. They played selfishly, taking bad shot after bad shot. C.J. Leslie was benched for taking too many selfish shots—he had more turnovers then points.

This Wolfpack team has a long way to go if they plan on competing with the likes of Virginia Tech and Maryland in the ACC.

They are a young team and should show signs of improvement soon, espically when Tracy Smith comes back from injury. He will provide some veteran leadership to a team that really needs it.

The Wisconsin Badgers are a solid team, with lots of experience and good coaching, similar to the Georgetown team the Wolfpack recently lost to.

The schedule doesn't get any easier any time soon for the Wolfpack as their next game is against the Syracuse Orangemen.

The only positive is that Tracy Smith may return for that game, and they will need him because the Orangemen look to dominate the Wolfpack like Wisconsin.

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