Dan Jennings anchors Long Beach State’s front line. (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY) Long Beach State that is, this Saturday at 2:00pm on RSN (likely Fox Sports South). The 49’ers of LBSU, or The Beach as they like to be called, aren’t doing very well this year. They are sporting a 1-8 record so far and ranked […]
A little something from Andy Katz and the ESPN College Basketball Blog that every Pack fan should take the time to read.
NC State rebuilding for the future (ESPN.com)
NC State was staring at a potential NIT bid in Mark Gottfried’s first season with two games left in the 2011-12 regular season.
The Wolfpack won both to get to 9-7 in the ACC and then won the first two games in the conference tournament.
A tight loss to North Carolina in the ACC semifinals and upsets of San Diego State and Georgetown in the NCAA tournament propelled NC State into the Sweet 16, Gottfried to being a beloved Wolfpack coach and the team to hyped expectations entering last season.
The last was too much, too soon.
“People forget where we were [at .500], and then we wake up and we’re ranked sixth in the country,” said Gottfried, whose Wolfpack were picked to win the 2012-13 ACC title in the preseason. “I said, ‘Timeout now.’ We were missing key players from that season.”
NC State sputtered at times, but it did rise up to knock off No. 1 Duke, beat archrival North Carolina and earn a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid before losing to Temple in an 8-9 matchup in the round of 64.
“We still won 24 games,” Gottfried said. “You have to put it all in perspective. I wanted to do a lot more. I wanted to go farther, no question. But at the same time, when I took the job two years ago, if I had said [to the fans] you’ll go to two straight NCAA tournaments, get to the Sweet 16, reach the ACC tournament semifinals in both years, and said who is taking that right now, raise your hands? There would have been a lot of hands up in the room.”
Please do click the link and read the whole thing (here it is again for those to lazy to scroll back).