"Our concern right now is making sure we get better," North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried said. "I don't think we're a great basketball team right now. I thought our guys battled and we played pretty hard but we've just got a number of situations where it's a key play and a key time and a team has to learn how to make key plays at the right time."
"We respect Villanova, but we've seen good teams," Gottfried said. "We've seen a lot of them in our conference. You see them about every night. So a league like that prepares you for games like tonight."