North Carolina State continues to silence their doubters. Once again, the Wolfpack completed another upset to add to their resume this Saturday by beating a top 10 ranked North Carolina team. This is another statement win by the Wolfpack and cannot go unnoticed by the rankings committee. With four wins over top 25 opponents, I believe it is time for North Carolina State to begin receiving votes for a spot in next week’s NCAA basketball top 25 rankings. They continue to show signs of progression and tend to play their best against top teams in the nation.
In conference play thus far, North Carolina State has already beaten premier teams within the ACC. Wins against Duke, Clemson, and North Carolina are quite substantial. With missing the prior two NCAA Tournaments, Kevin Keatts’ and his team continue to prove as to why they cannot be denied of a bid on Selection Sunday. As stated in previous articles, the Wolfpack would need to accomplish an upset or two and win games against lesser of opponents to become a postseason team this year. They have completely shattered these expectations and have shown what they are truly capable of.
The most frightening factor for North Carolina State’s opponents is the fact that they are not phased or intimidated by anyone. They have and will continue to push each and every team to their limits. Being in their easiest remaining stretch of ACC play thus far, the Wolfpack has a golden opportunity to solidify themselves as not only a top eight team in the conference, but a chance to finish within the top five. This may be considered ambitious thinking and many would have turned their heads if you were to tell them what has become of North Carolina States season before it had begun. With this being said though, I thoroughly believe this is an obtainable goal and one of the biggest turn around stories in NCAA Basketball this season. As a viewer and spectator, I would not continue betting against a resilient and determined North Carolina State team that tends to feed on its doubters.