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Three Points: Injuries, respect and Plan B

Three Points from N.C. State's 58-55 loss at Virginia:

1) Margin of error

N.C. State's rotation in ACC play has consisted of six players with only freshman forward T.J. Warren averaging more than 5.8 minutes off the bench.

Coach Mark Gottfried is more comfortable with fewer moving parts and clearly defined roles. He relied on a seven-man rotation last season and he has had success with that formula. When Gottfried was an assistant coach at UCLA for Jim Harrick, the Bruins won the national title in 1995 with a seven-man rotation.

It's a ride-or-die mentality and when an injury or foul trouble happens, the results are predictable. When you use only six players, not matter how good those six are, there's no margin of error.

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