NC State Wolfpack Basketball News – 2013 North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball Updates
NC State basketball has always been a distinguished force in the ACC
, as the Wolfpack was a founding member of the conference. They have two national championships and ten conference championships under their belt. Mark Gottfreid is in his third year of coaching and has taken the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament
each of his years (once to the Sweet 16). The season he has a young group of men eager to prove their skills when they take court to claim their division, a title they have missed since 1979.
This year, the Wolfpack opens at home with a game against Appalachian State on Nov 8. They will open ACC play against the Pittsburgh Panthers
at home (Jan 4), followed by a schedule lined with tough opponents: #21 Notre Dame
, #4 Duke
(Jan 18) and #12 North Carolina (Feb 1). They are pitted against rivals North Carolina Tar Heels
in February, last year they split their heated meetings, but things may not be so even this time around, as the Coaches Poll ranks North Carolina No. 11 while NC State did not cut the Top 25.
Gottfried has a team that is currently ranked 9th in the ACC, but has a lot of new players to make up one of the youngest squads in the nation. Five of their six scorers gone: two were lost to the NBA draft (CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown), two more graduated, and Rodney Purvis transferred over to UConn. Only two players are returning this year, and both are sophomores: forward Raleigh-native T.J. Warren is the new go-to scorer, who will get support and assists from point guard Tyler Lewis. Both made a good showing during the Wolfpack’s exhibition match against Pembroke, up 96-85. In what some are calling a rebuilding year, Lewis believes the team will “surprise” many when they look to make waves in the NIT
. Go Pack!