Hope for a big basketball season probably is all but gone at N.C. State after Tuesday's collapse at Clemson.
But with a game at North Carolina on Saturday and a few weeks left for improvement, here are three options coach Sidney Lowe should consider:
1. More inside-out looks for Scott Wood.
If the 6-6 sophomore wingman is the team's only real 3-point shooting option, which seems to be the case, he needs to spot up more often on jumpers.
Wood perfectly meets the definition of a streak shooter, and most streakers simply don't shoot as accurately when working off moving screens as when they establish perimeter position and then shoot off kick-out passes from double-teamed post men.
2. Constrict the rotation.
Lowe used nine players for at least eight minutes each in the 60-50 loss at Clemson.
That's good for building depth and keeping fresh legs.
But it's not particularly good for on-court chemistry, and especially when freshman C.J. Leslie is such an on-ball defensive liability.
With only 10 regular-season games left, Lowe should give thought to settling on his best seven and see whether that group can mesh.
3. Rev the tempo.
The Pack should be a productive half-court offensive team, but it just isn't -- possibly because Tracy Smith missed most of the non-league schedule.
But again, it's getting late, and Lowe needs to capitalize more on the team's quickness, even if that means risking a few 2-on-3 and 3-on-4 situations in transition.
The half-court sets aren't producing enough points to shun other offensive tactics.