The ACC Tournament brackets are out and the Pack is a #5 seed. They will play at 2pm on Wednesday.
Actually, that’s not that bad considering the ups and downs this team faced over the course of the season. With two losses to the basement-dwelling Tar Hells and a loss to Boston College, you’d think that the Pack wouldn’t have a great shot of playing into March, but wins over #6 Duke, a win over Wisconsin (who tied for 1st in the Big Ten), and a win over UVA has them squarely on the bubble.
The ACC Tournament
NC State (5 seed) plays on Wednesday at 2 pm. They will face the winner of Tuesday’s Wake vs. Pitt game. If they were to win that they’d face off against Duke.
Actually this is a pretty decent draw for the Wolfpack. They have beaten Wake pretty handily twice and beat Pitt in their only meeting. Then they’d be on to Duke, who of the top 3 teams, State matches up best against them.
So what does this mean for the NCAA Tournament?
NC State was left off of the last Bracketology, but Lundardi did say that three wins assured them a spot. One problem is that one of those wins was always going to be against a top tier ACC team.
The win over Wake this past weekend was necessary and they’ll have to win over Wake again or Pitt in their ACC Tournament opener. That would, in our opinion, put them in a position to be a ‘Last 4 In” or “Last 4 Out” team. However, they control their destiny and a win over Duke would surely have them dancing.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
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.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
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.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
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.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
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.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
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.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
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.
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.