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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.

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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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NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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