NC State Wolfpack Basketball 2013-2014 News and Updates
2/7/14 – With just five weeks left until Selection Sunday, the Wolfpack are going to need to make some major moves to get into the NCAA Tournament. NC State’s first chance to prove they are ready to dance, will come Saturday against 2013 ACC Champion Miami Hurricanes. Vying for one of the last 10 at-large bids that makes up the 68 NCAA field, NC State wins against Syracuse and Pittsburgh on the road and versus North Carolina at home, will give the Wolfpack their best chance to jump in the RPI and get on the other side of the bubble come selection time. NC State vs North Carolina Tar Heels basketball tickets are by far the most expensive, averaging $135 for the rivalry game. All three other games left at PNC Arena this season - Wake Forest Demon Deacons (avg. $16), Miami Hurricanes (avg. $39), Boston College Eagles (avg. $29)- have North Carolina State Wolfpack tickets available for under $10.
1/9/14 - The North Carolina Wolfpack upset the Fighting Irish to win their first conference game on the road over Notre Dame, pushing them up to No. 7 in the ACC standings. The win granted NC State a much-needed boost to get them back on track after losing their conference opener to Pittsburgh, collapsing in the second half at home this past Saturday. Now, with a 1-1 record in the AAC, the Wolfpack can improve their standings with their first conference win at home when they take on the #3 Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday. Sophomore wingman T.J. Warren helped take the squad to victory, and remains the ACC’s top leading scorer with 23.8 avg ppg, while Anthony Barber provided stunning assistance in the team effort. NC State won’t be back home until Jan 20 against Maryland, so grab your tickets now for this weekend for just $19!
NC State Wolfpack Basketball 2013-2014 Season
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,
… morea 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!