Four games in historic Reynolds Coliseum, including two regular season contests, highlight the 2008-09 NC State menâ€™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 â€” left out of the NIT at 17-13 â€” 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.