Back when NC State’s basketball schedule was originally released, I noticed some fans referencing/complaining about the out of conference schedule. Making a subjective observation in a vacuum without comparing the relative strength of the schedule just doesn’t add up. Who am I (or an fan) to boldly proclaim the magnitude of strength or weakness of a schedule without taking some time to compare the schedule to others.
Of course I know that some people are going to complain about anything, but I didn’t necessarily understand the complaints at the time. Now, I really don’t understand the complaints as Sports Illustrated has ranked NC State’s Out of Conference schedule as the 7th toughest in all of college basketball.
As we highlighted in this entry earlier in the week, NC State’s Atlantic Coast Conference schedule also projects to be exceptionally difficult this season. So, when you marry these schedules together, it appears that Coach Lowe did not do himself any favors on the scheduling front in this all-important year for his future at the helm of the NC State Basketball program.
The text in between the lines below is quoted from Sports Illustrated. (Link)
7. N.C. State
12/1 at Wisconsin
12/4 at Syracuse
11/18 vs. East Carolina (Charleston Classic); 11/19 vs. Mason/Charlotte (Charleston Classic); 11/21 vs. Georgetown/Coastal Carolina/USC/Wofford (Charleston Classic)
12/19 vs. Arizona
1/11 vs. San Diego
In the first four days of December, we should find out whether this Wolfpack team — newly loaded with elite freshman point guard Ryan Harrow and power forward C.J. Leslie — is capable of playing its way onto the NCAA bubble. Wisconsin’s Kohl Center is as difficult to win in as any ACC venue, and Syracuse has the front line (in Fab Melo, Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph) to do battle with State’s Leslie, Tracy Smith and Richard Howell.
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