Success for North Carolina State this season can be defined by a strong finish in conference play and ultimately, a bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Wolfpack has shown promising signs as to what is to come in the future. Boasting three top 25 wins and a chance to finish in the top half of the ACC is a drastic turnaround from a season ago. In the mist of the most crucial part of the season, North Carolina State must stay focused and continue to improve on a daily-basis.
With already facing some of the most difficult opponents in the conference, the Wolfpack has an opportunity to solidify themselves in the top half of the conference. Unfortunately, they have previously shown a lack of focus and intensity against teams that they should beat. It has resulted in a sense of not knowing what Wolfpack team viewers are going to see on that given day. Even with a few slip ups, this Wolfpack team has turned a lot of heads this season and can continue to do so. Since the implementation of Kevin Keatts’, North Carolina State has shown constant signs of progression and a promising future well beyond this season.
North Carolina State poses a threat to whomever they play and could be a very dangerous team in the NCAA Tournament this year. The Wolfpack has an opportunity in the remainder of the season to solidify themselves as a postseason team, but they must take action in the games remaining. It is important for the Wolfpack to not leave their fate up to the selection committee on selection Sunday. The definition of success for North Carolina State this season will be how they close out the regular season. This team has the potential to be a dark horse in postseason play if they decide to take the necessary steps to get there. With all the tools necessary, it is ultimately up to the players and coaching staff to define success for themselves heading into March.