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NC State Men’s Basketball Denied NCAA Tournament Bid

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The 2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket is officially out, and NC State was denied a bid.

Apparently the new NET Ranking system was pointless.

NC State ranked 34th in the supposedly new and improved system, that did in fact take into consideration strength of schedule. The Wolfpack were ranked higher in the NET than any of the other “bubble” teams.

NET Rankings for he First Four In

Belmont – 47th
Temple – 56th
Arizona St. – 63rd
St. John’s – 73rd

Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma took 3 of the other bubble spots the Wolfpack needed.

The NCAA Chair stated they selection committee ultimately wasn’t as concerned about NC State’s strength of schedule, but rather their lack of Quadrant 1 wins.

“NC State had so many opportunities in the Quad 1 but they just didn’t win them. That was a concern for us.”

The Wolfpack were 3-9 against Quadrant 1 teams.

No big deal…5 of those 9 losses came against teams that ended up being #1 seeds in the Brackets.

How did the other Bubble teams do against Quadrant 1 teams?

Belmont – 2-2
Temple 2-6
Arizona St. – 3-3
St. John’s – 5-7
Ohio St. – 4-10 (NET – 55)
Ole Miss – 4-10 (NET – 36)
Oklahoma – 4-10 (NET – 37)

It’s rare that a team goes 9-9 in conference play in the ACC and finds themselves on the outside looking in at the Big Dance.

Could NC State have improved their chances?

Sure.

The losses to Wake Forest and Georgia Tech were inexcusable. The Wolfpack wins those, they should have been in. If not, it would have been criminal.

With that being said, you will have a hard time convincing me that all 7 of those “bubble” teams are more deserving.

 

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The NEW & HUGE Video Board at PNC Arena has been Raised!

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Back in the Spring, news broke that a new video board was going to be hung up in PNC Arena before NC State’s upcoming Men’s Basketball season, and today we got our first look at it raised up in the rafters.

The video board is a whopping 4,000 square feet hanging in the air.

That’s 180% larger than the old one.

 

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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