Over the past few years, there has been plenty of discussion of the Wolfpack’s out of conference strength, or lack of strength, of schedule. Even as Sidney Lowe upgraded the top end teams that the Pack played, such as Arizona, Syracuse, Florida, etc., it was the other games that drug the OOC RPI down, way down. Instead of playing several teams in the 150-200 range, the Wolfpack played teams with RPI numbers greater than 300. And when you play too many of those teams, just getting to .500 in the ACC won’t be good enough to get into the NCAA Tournament. Look at Seth Greenberg. 10-6 in the ACC isn’t automatically good enough anymore.
One of Mark Gottfried’s first goals was to improve the schedule:
Gottfried, speaking to the board of directors of the Alumni Association today, said the schedule that was in place for next season “was way too easy.”
“We want to make it more challenging, more high profile,” Gottfried said.
Well, today it became official.
New NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried vowed to strengthen their schedule and he didn’t waste any time doing so.
NC State is one of four schools in the 2011 Legends Classic that will host regional rounds from November 13-17. Texas, Vanderbilt and Oregon State will also be hosts in the field.
The four host schools will advance to the Championship rounds which will take place at the IZOD Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex, November 19 & 21. The remainder of the field will take part in subregionals held on various campuses.
My first thought is that I want to see who the teams are that will play against in Raleigh so I will hold judgement on that. However, two of the other host three teams are definitely very good teams. Vanderbilt and Texas are quality teams. I am not so sure about the strength of Oregon State. In fact, I don’t know much about Oregon State basketball outside except that head coach Craig Robinson has a pretty well known brother-in-law. The Pack sure owes Vanderbilt one after the debacle in the 2004 NCAA 2nd round game. And Texas…well we all know about the Wolfpack Nation’s fascination with Rick Barnes.
It has been a good week for Coach Gottfried. First, Torian Graham commits and now his scheduling improvements are taking shape.