Saturday, February 05, 2005

Hello, NIT

NC State men's basketball team had very high expectations this year, and they were ranked in the top ten for a brief time early in the season. After dropping seven of their last ten games, they now find themselves 3-5 and tied for eighth in the ACC.

As a general rule, a team must not have a losing record in its own league to be considered for a bid to the NCAA tournament. This means that State must win five of its last eight games just to reach an even mark of 8-8. Since five of those games are against ranked opponents, State will have to win against three unranked opponents and pull off two major upsets to even gain consideration for the NCAA tournament.

Unless that unlikely scenario unfolds, this will go down as the most disappointing season for the Wolfpack in decades.


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