North Carolina State Basketball can surely define their season so far as successful. With a new coach and playing philosophy, this program has seen a complete overhaul compared to the prior two seasons. The ultimate goal left to officially accomplish will be a bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament. If you simply look at the Wolfpack’s wins and losses, it is easy to see they are more than qualified to be in this year’s tournament. With this being said though, some would disagree saying that the Wolfpack is still on the outside looking in.
The question regarding the Wolfpack and their critics is what else do they have to do to be considered a NCAA Tournament team this season? I believe the final piece of the buzzle to ensure their bid in this year’s tournament would be finishing the remainder of their schedule with a 4-1 record. Having significant wins against ranked opponents by the names of Arizona, North Carolina, Clemson, and Duke is quite impressive when comparing the Wolfpack to the teams within the top 25. Like most teams, the Wolfpack has had hiccups within their season with a bad loss to UNC Greensboro and Notre Dame who was missing their star player in Bonzie Colson.
If North Carolina State can get wins against Florida State and Louisville in their final five games of the regular season, this should propel them to a top six finish in a highly contested ACC. Without a doubt, this should put them in the NCAA Tournament as long as they do not fold early in the ACC Tournament. For not only fans of North Carolina State, it is hard to understand why the Wolfpack is not being taken seriously by the committees this year. This Wolfpack team has taken down some of the best teams in college basketball this season and if given the chance to play in March, this team could be a dark horse in the tournament and has the capability to make a deep run. It is ultimately up the Wolfpack to take matters into their own hands. Finishing out the season strong is a necessity in their hopes for a NCAA Tournament bid.