N.C. State coach compares Wyatt to World B. Free

North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried watches practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. North Carolina State plays Temple on Friday. (Al Behrman/AP)

DAYTON, Ohio – North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried is the latest to compliment Temple’s Khalif Wyatt for his old-school playing style.

The ninth-seeded Owls (23-9) face the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (24-10) here Friday in NCAA tournament East Regional second-round game at University of Dayton Arena.

“As we watched more and more film of him on tape, you’re trying to find that old-school guard that you can compare him to, and we had a hard time,” Gottfried said during Thursday’s press conference.

“We were hunting for World B. Free and John Bagley or all these guys that were great players because he’s a crafty guard. He really knows how to play, knows how to get to the line. We’ve got to do a good job on him.”