2008-2009 NC State Baketball Schedule Released (Updated 8/28)

Four games in historic Reynolds Coliseum, including two regular season contests, highlight the 2008-09 NC State men’s basketball schedule that was released Tuesday by the ACC.

ACCNow has analyzed the Pack’s schedule in this blog entry.

You never want to go into a season thinking NIT (certainly not when your neighbor is blocking off hotel rooms in August for the Final Four) but N.C. State needs to reach the postseason in Sidney Lowe’s third season.

If you give State a 6-10 ACC record, that means the Wolfpack has to go at least 9-4 outside the ACC to qualify for the NIT. Given what happened to Wake Forest last season — left out of the NIT at 17-13 — State needs to shoot for 18 regular-season wins and then another win at the ACC Tournament.

On paper, Florida and Davidson look like losses. That leaves no margin for error against Marquette, Winthrop or Loyola, a competitive MAAC team under former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.

This schedule doesn’t look like much, and it has its share of filler, but if Lowe’s not careful, he could be swimming up stream by 2009-10.

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16 Responses to 2008-2009 NC State Baketball Schedule Released (Updated 8/28)

  1. michelletack 08/26/2008 at 1:27 PM #

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  2. DRW 08/26/2008 at 1:55 PM #

    First gut reactions:

    A midweek afternoon game? Really? Guess I’ll be trying to sell those tix.

    Another piss poor home non conference schedule for us lifetime ticket holders.

  3. BJD95 08/26/2008 at 2:51 PM #

    I suppose the “TBA” games can be picked up for TBA eventually, but that’s still between 1-4 ACC games that will not be televised, which really sucks.

    I can see why the OOC won’t get much airplay. Thank God we added Marquette – Davidson and Florida are the only other decent foes.

  4. daughtry 08/26/2008 at 3:32 PM #

    Just for fun.. and if my quick count is correct (and I am sure I made at least one error)…

    We play 2 major conference OOC games, 1 division 2 game, and 10 minor games. And, at least one of those is against a team that is spending their first year as division 1.

    In contrast, UNC is playing 5 games against major conference teams, 1 against a division 2 opponent, and 8 against minor conference teams. But, UNC only has two good home games (and its a real stretch to call Rutgers a good home game).

    More striking to me is the geographic differences: we play 6 games against NC teams and 6 against teams from 5 other states. UNC plays a single game against an NC team and 13 against teams from at least 10 other states. Further, their games are distributed around the country and not concentrated on one region (i.e. – mid-atlantic). Certainly, being in the Maui Invitational helps UNC achieve the distribution. But, even if you ignore Maui, they still spread the continental US and cover almost twice as many states.

  5. john of sparta 08/26/2008 at 5:39 PM #

    NCSU vs. TBA.

  6. ncsuftw01 08/26/2008 at 6:02 PM #

    DRW: Well it is New Years Eve, and the Hurricanes play that night.

    RBC Doubleheaders:
    Sun Nov 30, UNCG/NC State 2:00pm & Anaheim/Carolina 7:00pm
    Wed Dec 31, Towson/NC State 2:00pm & Atlanta/Carolina 8:00pm
    Sat Jan 31, UNCCH/NC State 3:30pm & Atlanta/Carolina 8:00pm

    UNC-CH for my birthday. Cool.

  7. redfred2 08/26/2008 at 7:07 PM #

    Um, I thought I had seen earlier where people were expressing concerns over what might be too tough of an OOC schedule?

  8. Primewolf 08/26/2008 at 7:44 PM #

    I am not sure if I will renew my season tics at $560 a pop. The schedule is so weak. I have complained for years about the schedule. They raise the price and continue to have a weak who cares OOC schedule.

  9. Noah 08/27/2008 at 8:25 AM #

    Considering the quality of the team we’re going to roll out this year, why on earth is anyone complaining about the strength of schedule?

  10. happypackdad 08/27/2008 at 9:09 AM #

    because some fans want “big names” to go see at home no matter if it’s in the best interest of the program or not.

  11. b 08/27/2008 at 10:42 AM #

    On a positive, we play GT and BC twice as opposed to Duke and Clemson. Two against Miami are likely losses, and our annual two with UNC and WF. All in all, this a NIT ready schedule.

    If there is a turnaround however, its the type of schedule that keeps you on the bubble.

  12. WolfpackSteelersFan2 08/27/2008 at 3:20 PM #

    What’s this trip to Canada? I see two articles on Packpride about Ferguson and McCauley calling it a “great opportunity”, but I couldn’t find any article describing the details of the trip.

  13. redfred2 08/27/2008 at 4:24 PM #

    “because some fans want “big names” to go see at home no matter if it’s in the best interest of the program or not.”

    Yeah, it’s much more in the interest of the program to play all the “small names” at home in Raleigh, just so that the new players can get a good feel of how spacious, and quiet, the RBC can really be.

    Plus, with all of the LTR’s, who needs the ticket money anyway? Let some other school rake in the money and publicity for a change.

  14. redfred2 08/27/2008 at 4:39 PM #

    This is one of those season schedules that the “FIVE IN A ROW” crowd just has to love.

  15. happypackdad 08/28/2008 at 9:48 AM #

    I hope we start a new FIVE IN A ROW stretch. Until we can beat who’s on our OOC schedule, no need to beef it up.

  16. redfred2 09/01/2008 at 1:51 PM #

    Um, I’d rather play some real teams, real D1 competition, just to gauge the status of our own program. What’s the sense in promoting and prolonging a complete hoax, you either have a tournament level team, or you don’t. It might also be nice to enter conference play ocassionally, with a good taste and an idea of just what we’re getting into beforehand.

    I’m old school, I think you ought to at least be able to compete with the teams in your own conference, before you are granted the privilege to play in a tournament that determines The National Champion. The “tournament” itself, would seem to be kind of a politically correct sham, or a hyped up money making machine, if every unworthy team out there was allowed into the fray, don’t you think? Oh, wait a minute, that’s exactly what the NCAA tournament has become these days. No need to look any further than NC State’s own FIVE IN A ROW to prove that FACT.

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