Tomorrow night NC State plays Delaware State. Big whoop.
But did you know that last year we beat them 72-70? A few weeks earlier powerhouse LaSalle had beaten them 65-61. Only a week prior, in-state rival Delaware had beaten them by 11 points. Yet they come to Raleigh and lose by one possession.
This made me want to take inventory. In the win=loss column, what did we look like at this point last season.
Some similarities are scary. And I do not mean scary as in interesting, I mean scary as in I really thought we had done better this season compared to last.
Losses up to Jan 3, 2011 : at #20 Georgetown, at Wisconsin, at #8 Syracuse, vs Arizona. I’m am sure we hung our heads high about these 4 “good” losses. Or, conversely, we had no “bad” losses. The same sentiment many, including myself, have been evangelizing about this season. We have beaten everyone we should and our losses were against better teams. One difference is we beat Texas this year. Last year we had no respectable victory to this point.
A splash of cold water in the face is healthy I suppose. We are still unproven. But are the numbers lying? Last year on this day our RPI was 111. Flash forward to this year and we are at 44 in the RPI with the 15th toughest schedule in the nation. At least one number says we are better!
It is difficult to be objective when you are a fan. I want to say we are better, I want to say we look better, I want to say the coaching is better. We should beat Delaware State by double digit points. We should beat them by 20 or 30 points! Please prove what we have been saying right Wolfpack. We are a better team… aren’t we?