NC State jumped out to a big lead on #1 Purdue and held that lead for 39 of the first 40 minutes before it all came crashing down. Some of it was due to missing shots, some was due to poor decision making, some was due to missed assignments and some was due to poor coaching. In the end, however, NC State let slip away what would have been a season-defining win.
At the same time, this team was picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC, and that was WITH Manny Bates. Without him, it seemed as if the season may be lost. However, this team is playing some amazing basketball as of late. Sure, there are some really bleak moments where nothing seems to be working, but there are some really exciting moments too. The fact is, this team plays hard and they play together. It’s hard to figure out where they’ll end up, but they’ve now shown that they can play with any team, on any night.