NC State’s 2012-2013 Basketball Schedule

We previously discussed what we could piece together of the NC State Basketball schedule…but, now we don’t have to speculate anymore. The schedule is here!!

Lots to discuss, but we wanted to get it on the site for you.

* The entire Atlantic Coast Conference schedule can be seen by clicking here.

* I have already gone on record as to which game personally excites me the most — read more.

* Mark Gottfriend’s immediate elevation of the NC State Basketball program is evident by the national television attention we are receiving. It was learned a couple of weeks ago that (1) State’s trip to Michigan in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge had been picked up by ESPN; (2) State would host College Gameday for the January 26th match-up with UNC. Today we learned that 9 conference games will be televised by scheduled to be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.

* State hosts Wake Forest on Senior Day which is a Wednesday night. That kinda sucks compared to a weekend Senior Night.

* The 8 game stretch book-ended by games with UNC-CHeat (from January 26th through February 23rd) will define the level of success that we have this season.

* State plays Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Miami only once.

* State plays a Sunday night game against Clemson on February 10th and then travels to Wake Forest on February 12th. This is one of those “NCAA Tournament-like” short turnarounds. It is very nice that we get to experience this with Wake Forest as our second game.

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25 Responses to NC State’s 2012-2013 Basketball Schedule

  1. LRM 08/22/2012 at 5:25 PM #

    Gonna be weird trying to get used to PNC Arena…especially for those of who still call it the ESA half the time.

  2. Wufpacker 08/22/2012 at 6:07 PM #

    Really looking forward to UConn in MSG on 12/4.

  3. tuckerdorm1983 08/22/2012 at 6:58 PM #

    I have very low and modest expectations for MR. CJL. I am ready for CJL to be the NCAA player of the year. I am ready to see him dominate in the ACC against all foes. I want to see him take it to the next level where he is unstoppable. I want him to abuse the heels and devils with fade aways and jump hooks. I want to see him develop a hook shot. We will be hanging his jersey in the rafters.

    Calvin J. Leslie
    ACC player of the year
    NCAA player of the year
    top five pick in the NBA Draft (he passes of course and returns for his senior year)

  4. packalum44 08/22/2012 at 7:24 PM #

    I’ve heard that CJ’s jumper is much improved. You can see how much it improved throughout last year. With that facet of his game now a threat, I anticipate him to be one hell of a player, perhaps the best we’ve had since Hodge and some.

  5. mak4dpak 08/22/2012 at 9:42 PM #

    The PNC will take some getting used to. But I have always referred to it as the RBC Center.

  6. xphoenix87 08/22/2012 at 10:06 PM #

    Well, just on a surface look, I count 19 wins that should be automatic, and frankly I’d favor us in the other 12 games. The rest of the ACC is so down this year, I’d honestly be kind of embarrassed if we lost to any ACC team other than UNC, Duke, Miami or FSU. Even if we just split those 12 (which would be a letdown in my opinion), then we’re looking at 25-6.

    I think we’re better than every team on this schedule, and even with some growing pains and slip ups, I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think this team could end up with 3-4 losses. Obviously, there are lots of things that could go wrong, but this team has the talent and the opportunity to push 30 wins.

  7. 61Packer 08/22/2012 at 10:20 PM #

    I don’t know about a hook shot, but I’d like to see CJL develop a 10 to 15-foot jump shot, off both feet, and not the usual off-balance one-hander. No reason to me that he shouldn’t be able to do that since he seems to be a decent free throw shooter as well as a fairly decent 3-point shooter. He won’t make it in the NBA if he doesn’t.

    That said, I like this schedule and believe that although we might not win the ACC, I believe we should finally get an ACCT bye and become a really tough out for someone in the post-season.

    I like this team and the attitude I saw at the end of last season. It’s really great to be a Wolfpack fan!

  8. WilmyWolf 08/22/2012 at 11:45 PM #

    How about Miami on CBS? Been a while since i’ve seen us in a network tv regular season game

  9. Wufpacker 08/23/2012 at 12:34 AM #

    Had to chuckle at this headline in the Charlotte Observer:

    “ACC schedule highlight: UNC vs. Duke on Coach K’s birthday”

    For a gift, may gold medaled Ratface hang 100+ on ‘em that night.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/08/22/3471739/acc-schedule-highlight-unc-vs.html

  10. xphoenix87 08/23/2012 at 12:56 AM #

    “No reason to me that he shouldn’t be able to do that since he seems to be a decent free throw shooter as well as a fairly decent 3-point shooter.”

    CJ is, in fact, neither of those things. He shoots less then 60% from FT and less than 30% from 3. He doesn’t need a three-point shot, but if he can improve his FT shooting to even 70%, he’s going to be a monster.

  11. Wufpacker 08/23/2012 at 1:18 AM #

    ^ Ain’t that the truth.

    And I would love to see him develop a nice little jump hook. With his length it would be very difficult to defend.

  12. 8pack 08/23/2012 at 1:47 AM #

    Looks like everyone will post on the schedule in this thread…so I copied from my forum comment:

    The more I look at this schedule, the more I realize how tough it is.

    A schedule like this is clearly built to prepare a team for a deep run in March. There are really very few, if any, cupcakes…Of the 31 regular season games, only UNCG and Norfolk State MIGHT be in that category(however, even Norfolk has been pretty good in recent years).

    With the addition of two extra conference games, now 18 of 31 are against the league. Add to that the tough non-conf slate, and you have a schedule filled with Top 100 RPI games (many of which will be Top 25/50). This is in sharp contrast to more recent schedules, though Gottfried and staff did do some last minute scrambling to improve last year’s schedule.

    Overall, its a great plan, and its what winning programs need to do. Staying healthy will obviously be key, due to our slim, but very talented roster.

  13. sequoyah 08/23/2012 at 8:08 AM #

    ^totally agree with 8pack

    we will know what kind of team this is, and what kind of season we can accomplish, by the time ACC play rolls around. The back-to-back high profile/ESPN games vs. Michigan & uconn are bigtime-buzz-generators. If we somehow go into league play with no losses, everyone from Harrelson Hall to Honolulu will be heaping great expectations on this squad.

  14. blpack 08/23/2012 at 8:35 AM #

    This looks like a good schedule. I believe this is the year the ACC will begin its climb back to being the best conference. It won’t be this year, but will show progress. We can’t have a GT moment, like we did once last year. Obviously that will happen, but maybe we can play through it. I like our team and I think us and Duke will be top dogs. The Cheats, MD, and Miami hanging around the top somewhere too. It will be fun season and someone like a UVA will be better than anticipated. Let’s win the regular season and the Tourney!

  15. JasonP 08/23/2012 at 9:07 AM #

    If you like basketball, that’s a great schedule.

    Best quality non-conference slate I’ve seen in a long time!

  16. Pack Leader 08/23/2012 at 9:10 AM #

    The true test doesnt come until Jan 12.

    The pack could accidentally win 13 games before this point…

    I see 10-14 wins in the ACC a VERY possible.

    With those assumptions NCSU is a 25win team going into the ACC tournament. 3-5 seed in the NCAAs.

  17. BJD95 08/23/2012 at 9:30 AM #

    Purvis will be the difference between being pretty good (but fatally flawed) and VERY interesting. No matter what, I look forward to hopefully watching all of these games (provided TWC 518-520 pick up the cupcake feeds).

  18. MattN 08/23/2012 at 10:34 AM #

    Those 8 games in the middle of the ACC slate are brutal. UNC* at home to start, @ Clemson (where we NEVER win), @ Virgina, @ Duke, and ends @UNC*.

    Brutal.

    Need to come out of the gate swinging for the fences. We need to be 5-1 going into that stretch.

  19. MP 08/23/2012 at 11:58 AM #

    “I don’t think it’s unrealistic to think this team could end up with 3-4 losses”

    Easy there Gavin Grant! :)

  20. nav 08/23/2012 at 12:43 PM #

    CJL improving his FT percentage will alone save me a lot of gray hair this year. He was freaking dreadful the last half of the year at the line.

  21. xphoenix87 08/23/2012 at 2:07 PM #

    I’m not saying I’d predict 3-4 losses. Lord knows I’ve been a state fan long enough to know better. However, I don’t think it’s out of the question for this team if they don’t get injured and they continue on the path we saw last year. Like I said, if we take care of business and even just split the tough games (almost all of which we should still be favored in), we’re looking at 6-7 losses (if you want to throw in @Clemson and @Maryland as tough games). Given the strength of this team and the weakness of the ACC, I think 6 losses is probably a safe prediction, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we bettered that.

    @Michigan will tell us a lot about this team. Michigan has a great team this year, and if we can win that game or even just play it close, then the sky’s the limit.

  22. wolf90 08/23/2012 at 2:24 PM #

    I think Nov. 27th at Michigan is the earliest “real” test. And probably a good barometer for how this team will respond against a difficult opponent. I just hope they prove to be the wise, mature, and consistent team that I know they can be.

    There should be no more “I’m lost” “I’m panicking” or “I’m frustrated” play from returning guys. No sulking from Leslie. No Howell bumps 25 feet from the basket. No “MIA on the court” from Scott Wood just because the other team has a decent perimeter defender. No passing up the responsibility from Lo Brown (one-on-one against a lesser defender, he should penetrate with an eye towards the basket every time). I just hope they play hungry and focused on a consistent basis. We very well could have conference stat leaders in all these categories: scoring(Leslie), assists(Brown), rebounding(Howell), offensive rebounding(Leslie/Howell), three point shooting(Wood),and blocks(Leslie). Everything is in position for them to be confident but not cocky. As long as they play smart defensively, The ACC crown is theirs for the taking.

  23. ryebread 08/24/2012 at 4:13 PM #

    If NC State wants to make big national noise, then we really need to go 2-0 in our games against Michigan and UConn. It doesn’t matter that UConn can’t go anywhere this year. They’re still UConn and we can’t have the national media going on about how a middling Big East team beat one of the favorites in the ACC. We could easily lose that one given how UConn likes to bang, particularly if we get caught up in the lights at Madison Square Garden.

    Michigan is the same way. That is going to be an extremely difficult game given Beiline’s offense (remember our weakness at guarding the perimeter last year) and 1-3-1 trapping defense. I don’t think that style is going to win a conference or national tournament though. We need to beat them, that game is on the road and they’ll have a top 15 ranking.

    There are trap games through the rest of the non-conference slate, but I honestly think we’ll be favored in all of them with Purvis. Without Purvis, the whole thing is a crap shoot.

  24. cowboyjkly 08/26/2012 at 12:57 PM #

    Can’t wait to kick some Carolina Ass

  25. cowboyjkly 08/26/2012 at 1:02 PM #

    To be honest, I’m confident that the Pack will go all the way this year

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