Mark Gottfried did a lot of things right last year in his first season as NC State’s Head Basketball Coach. One thing that I liked is that he went out and took care of business by beating down programs that we SHOULD beat but have failed to exert dominance over in recent years. One of those programs is most definitely Boston College.
Gottfried did exactly what he should last year by posting a 3-0 record over the Eagles, including a 21 point win in the first round of the ACC Tournament (where the Wolfpack program historically excels the most).
Today, Coach Gottfried’s Wolfpack has a chance to continue to “get back” some of our lost glory by stopping an awful losing streak highlighted
1. Packing for a road trip
N.C. State opened its ACC schedule with home wins in 2011 and 2012, but when’s the last time it started league play with a road victory?
The answer is the 1997-98 season, when C.C. Harrison hit a 14-foot runner as time expired in overtime to give the Wolfpack a 71-69 upset of 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech.
In the next 14 seasons, N.C. State was 0-7 in league openers away from home. That list features losses at Duke (1998-99), Virginia (2000-01), Miami (2004-05), Virginia (2006-07), North Carolina (2007-08), Clemson (2008-09) and Wake Forest (2009-10).