I thought we’d throw just a little more of a conclusion on what a large majority of State fans are calling the program’s biggest win since Jim Valvano roamed the sidelines in Raleigh. I hope that you’ve reviewed our entire front page of the blog and checked in on everything. If you haven’t been participating in our message forums, then today is a fantastic day to jump in a get a whole bunch of news and commentary that we don’t have the time/ability to put on the main blog.
- NC State (14-2) is on a 10-game winning streak and has 3-0 record in the ACC for the first time since the 1988-89 season. State won the mythical ‘regular season ACC title’ that year before imploding in perhaps the worst defeat in ACC Tournament history by losing to last seeded Maryland in the conference tournament’s first round.
- As for State’s future opportunity to remain atop the ACC? Well, it sounds like Duke could potentially be without Ryan Kelly longer than they had hoped. And, don’t sleep on Miami (also 3-0 in the ACC) who currently holds at Top 5 ranking the RPI.
- This commentary is fantastic. Thank you, LRM.
- This is ‘interesting’ how the N&O’s headline reads, “Matchups favored N.C. State in win over Duke” just a day after the paper ran an article proclaiming that Duke held the advantage in most of the individual match-ups at each position. Hilarious.
- Scroll down in this thread to see how these ‘famous’ Wolfpack fans have now gone national in both football AND basketball season this year! You really have to give them credit.
- The N&O had a couple of observations in linked here:
Mark Gottfried is the 14th coach to defeat the Associated Press No. 1 teams at two schools. While at Alabama, he upset No. 1 Stanford, 76-67, in the 2004 NCAA tournament. Before Saturday, the Wolfpack hadn’t beaten a No. 1-ranked team since Feb. 15, 2004. That also was a home win against Duke, 78-74.
The big game in PNC Arena drew several notable attendees with N.C. State connections: American Idol winner and current student Scotty McCeery, Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams and Robert Gibbs, the former press secretary for President Barack Obama.
- I’ll leave you with this video that ran on the PNC scoreboard prior to player introductions on Saturday. I have always loved the ‘boys from the South’ aspect of this song; especially when you juxtapose it with playing the boys from New Jersey on Saturday.