It’s the middle of the week and all of this anticipation for the Wolfpack’s game at Georgia Tech on Saturday is not easy to handle. It’s been a LONG time since were 3-0…and it is fun to see people enjoying it and have campus buzzing.
With this said, it is a perfect day to turn a little attention towards the basketball side of the ledger! We recently posted an entry detailing and discussing the NC State’s 2010-2011 Basketball schedule that can be viewed by clicking here. Today, Rivals.com takes a very detailed look at the Wolpack’s roster heading into the season and focuses on Coach Lowe’s need to get his squad into the Big Dance this season – everyone agrees that the talent exists to make it happen.
The comparison is too obvious to ignore.
After Georgia Tech finished in the ACC basement in 2008-09, the emergence of the nation’s fourth-ranked recruiting class helped the Yellow Jackets advance to the second round of last season’s NCAA tournament.
So now that the fifth-ranked recruiting class from 2010 has arrived on North Carolina State’s campus, could the Wolfpack end the ACC’s longest NCAA tournament drought?
"They definitely made a big impact on Georgia Tech’s team last year," North Carolina State senior forward Tracy Smithsaid. "They were at the bottom of the ACC and went to the tournament the next year. Freshmen can have a lot to do with it, especially good freshmen.
"We’ve got three good freshmen. I think it’s going to be the same as [it was] with Georgia Tech."
Smith has plenty of cause for optimism.
As a team that went 20-16 and reached the NIT last season, North Carolina State isn’t nearly as far down the ACC pecking order as Georgia Tech was before its revival. The Wolfpack’s 2010 recruiting haul is almost as highly touted as the Georgia Tech 2009 class that featured NBA lottery pick Derrick Favors.
"There’s no question about it," Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe said. "You look at teams that bring in top freshman players who can get it done – you can do it, but you still have to do it. You have to play better and get the job done. You still have to go out and do it.
"Just because you have a good class doesn’t mean you’re going to make a jump. Those guys have to be taught and have to go out and do it."
Lowe’s future at North Carolina State could depend on whether the Wolfpack make a Georgia Tech-style leap this season.