RTC: ACC preseason review

basketball

On the heels of yesterday’s fantastic (must read) post by VaWolf, Rush the Court is taking a look back at its pre-season

Part One can be seen by clicking here.

Part Two came out today and includes some comments about the Wolfpack.

10. NC State (9-3)

Significant Wins: at Tennessee

Significant Losses: North Carolina Central, Missouri

Reasons for Optimism: TJ Warren is having an ACC Player of the Year caliber season offensively, with only a three-point shooting slump hurting his efficiency from last season. Desmond Lee and Cat Barber have proven ready to join the rotation immediately. Transfer Ralston Turner’s sharpshooting has lessened the graduation of Scott Wood. This team was a minute of competence and decent luck from knocking off Missouri in Raleigh, but its bad free throw defense has to get better (NC State is currently allowing opponents to shoot just shy of 80 percent from the line, good for worst in the country)!

Reasons for Pessimism: One bad loss and one good win otherwise leave a schedule where the Wolfpack look like a mediocre team on all accounts. This year’s offense doesn’t have the firepower to cover up the team’s defensive lapses. There’s still some talent here, but Warren’s likely departure makes next year look like a continuation of Mark Gottfried’s rebuilding effort. Forecast: Look for this team to improve as it gets more experience under its belt, but a middle of the pack conference finish and a trip to the NIT are about all NC State fans should hope for this season. Who knows, though, the Belmont/UAB/Texas Tar Heels might make the trip to the PNC Center this year, so a rivalry split may be in play.

I don’t understand how you can write anything about NC State’s season at this point and not include commentary about the impact of the presence of Jordan Vandenberg in NC State’s line-up. State’s two losses before the Missouri game both came with an injured Vandenberg sitting on the bench. I can’t over-emphasize the importance of that until we start losing to teams not ranked in the Top 25 with him in the line-up.

Based on yesterday’s work and what appears to be obvious to the naked eye – my primary macro observation would be that NC State has clearly moved into a ‘tier’ of competitive ‘comparableness’ with Notre Dame, Virgina, Maryland, Boston College and Georgia Tech – all of whom were considered to be clearly superior to the Wolfpack heading in the the season.

About StateFans

'StateFansNation' is the shared profile used by any/all of the dozen or so authors that contribute to the blog. You may not always agree with us, but you will have little doubt about where we stand on most issues. Please follow us on Twitter and FaceBook

13-14 Basketball ACC College Basketball

Home Forums RTC: ACC preseason review

This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  StateFans 11 months, 2 weeks ago.

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #35126

    StateFans
    Keymaster

    On the heels of yesterday’s fantastic (must read) post by VaWolf, Rush the Court is taking a look back at its pre-season Part One can be seen by click
    [See the full post at: RTC: ACC preseason review]

    #35181

    john of sparta
    Participant

    we’re not superior to any ACC team.
    we’re a surprise to any ACC team.
    when when we surprise Gott?

    #35187

    redcanine
    Participant

    This year’s offense doesn’t have the firepower to cover up the team’s defensive lapses.

    Neither did last year’s offense. I’ve been quite pleased with our improved defensive effort.

    #35207

    StateFans
    Keymaster

    This year’s offense doesn’t have the firepower to cover up the team’s defensive lapses.

    Neither did last year’s offense. I’ve been quite pleased with our improved defensive effort.

    I never thought about it like that. Couldn’t agree more.

    #35208

    StateFans
    Keymaster

    This article that re-sets/re-ranks the ACC heading into conference play from the Fayetteville Observer is a perfect fit right here.

    1. Syracuse (13-0, second in preseason poll) – As one of seven teams to make it into the new year unbeaten, the second-ranked Orange enter league play as the clear favorite.

    2. Duke (11-2, first in preseason poll) – Duke may have some faults, but with freshman Jabari Parker living up to his billing as a future superstar, the Blue Devils are still very dangerous.

    3. North Carolina (10-3, third in preseason poll) – With troubling losses and impressive wins, the Tar Heels are college basketball’s most perplexing team.

    4. Pitt (12-1, sixth in preseason poll) – Sure, the Panthers have a nice record, but it’s worth noting that they’ve faced a fairly easy schedule and have yet to play a true road game.

    5. Florida State (9-3, ninth in preseason poll) – At this point, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Leonard Hamilton has his Seminoles playing better than anyone expected.

    6. Virginia (9-4, fourth in preseason poll) – Losses to Tennessee and Green Bay raise questions about what should be a solid Cavaliers squad.

    7. Notre Dame (9-4, fifth in preseason poll) – The loss of leading scorer Jerian Grant deals the Fighting Irish a major blow.

    8. N.C. State (10-3, 10th in preseason poll) – With a roster overhaul, the Wolfpack faced several questions heading into the season. It appears to have found at least a few good answers.

    9. Wake Forest (10-3, 13th in preseason poll) – The young Demon Deacons haven’t had any terrible losses yet. But with a soft schedule, there haven’t been much in the way of signature wins either.

    10. Clemson (9-3, 14th in preseason poll) – The Tigers are off to their best start under Brad Brownell. But is that a result of a favorable schedule or actual improvement?

    11. Maryland (9-5, seventh in preseason poll) – Losing to Patriot League teams – like Boston University – at home is never a good look.

    12. Georgia Tech (9-4, 11th in preseason poll) – The addition of transfer guard Trae Golden has given the Yellow Jackets a boost, but will it be enough to make a move in the ACC? Robert Carter Jr. being sidelined by a torn meniscus doesn’t help.

    13. Miami (8-5, 12th in preseason poll) – After losing nearly everyone from last year’s ACC title team, the Hurricanes have understandably struggled.

    14. Virginia Tech (8-5, picked 15th in preseason poll) – The Hokies have lost to both USC-Upstate and UNC-Greensboro at home.

    15. Boston College (4-10, eighth in preseason poll) – The Eagles entered the season with realistic NCAA tournament hopes but saw them vanish before the end of November.

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.