Back-to-back excellent defensive games from the Pack, who have been playing inspired defense since the Miami game in the regular season. For a team that struggled defensively out of the gate, this prolonged stretch of success is pretty amazing and speaks to the overall growth of the team.
(Note to the stat nerds out there, I took out the middle three columns of calculated values to fit everything else in and make it more legible)
NC State vs San Diego State, March 16
Brown was stellar, which is nothing new. What's fascinating when watching Brown is the defense he doesn't play - he gives people room and dares them to take the long 3-pointer a few feet behind the line. Sometimes they make them but its always a bad shot for the opponent. It's certainly better than allowing his man to go buy him and create off the dribble.
NC State vs Georgetown, March 18
Williams was the victim of a lot of the late 3-pointers that Georgetown hit as it tried to make its comeback. I got the sense the CJW was trying very hard not to foul and was giving his guy a little too much room in the process. Had he applied a bit more defensive pressure I'm not sure the last 90 seconds would have been so dramatic.