Stetson Observations

Basketball seemed to start well last night for the Wolfpack, but please forgive us if we don’t spend too much time on the weekend’s lineup of Stetson (10-17 & RPI of #255 last year), The Citadel (12-16, #296), and Deleware (11-20, #233).

If you are interested, some observations about Friday night can be found by clicking here. Additionally, Ken Tysiacs of the The Charlotte Observer was in attendance and logged some byte-style observations this morning that inlcuded some of the following:

• The RBC Center is too big for basketball — especially when N.C. State plays weak opponents — and the seats are too far away from the floor. It’s a great arena for hockey, though.

• Herb Sendek didn’t go out on a limb when he scheduled Stetson, The Citadel and Delaware over three days in the Hispanic College Fund Classic. This is a good enough N.C. State team that Sendek could have scheduled stronger.

Tysiac has historically expressed various levels of sympathy/support for Herb Sendek, and you can see that for yourself in the way he tip-toed around any real criticism for this (AGAIN) embarassing opening 3-game weekend of basketball. Tysiac is one of those original thinkers that is convinced (and has made it known on multiple occassions) that NC State fans simply won’t accept or like Sendek because of his lack of personality; and conversely, Wolfpackers love Chuck Amato only because of his personality.

I wonder how that theory is working for these Einsteins now? I guess the reason that Chuck got booed this year was because his personality suddenly changed?

Related: Understanding State Fans, I

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7 Responses to Stetson Observations

  1. BJD95 11/19/2005 at 3:20 PM #

    I don’t care if you think Herb Sendek is the greatest coach in the world. Doesn’t EVERYONE agree that we could at least pencil in a semi-decent, top 100 RPI opponent for the Sunday finale? Ridiculous.

  2. Cardiac95 11/20/2005 at 5:13 PM #

    Just a sad excuse for us to play 2 extra regular season games so our total wins look more impressive to the NCAA Selection Committee.

    Can’t argue with the logic… got us a bid last year at 19-13 that we probably don’t get at 17-13 and a sad RPI.

  3. SaccoV 11/20/2005 at 5:21 PM #

    The real issue is here isn’t that Sendek’s schedule is weak (although it is). It’s whole RPI system which gives way too much credit for marginal team to have a .500 or even a .450 in-conference record. The larger conferences are eating up these spots in the NCAA tournament with decent RPI schedules getting left out because they lost in the conference finals. If I was the head of a small conference (Patriot, Southern, etc.), I would do away with the conference tournament because I would rather my best team throughout the season having its chance in the big dance. Luckily for us, the ACC is at the top of the RPI and we don’t need a big season to put us in anymore.

  4. Trout 11/21/2005 at 7:45 AM #

    I”m gonna go out on a limb and predict Delaware will be a contendor for the Colonel Conference title, and will have a decent RPI. I could be wrong, but I was impressed with former Duke player David Henderson’s squad. Very solid on defense. If they had one more outside scoring threat, they would be a very good team.

  5. Rick 11/21/2005 at 10:04 AM #

    The problem as I see it is the team learns nothing about itself from these games. I can see no benefit from playing these games, other than it gets us enough wins to get into the NCAA tournament.

  6. Class of '74 11/21/2005 at 12:24 PM #

    Wins over nobodies equals zero. These were glorified practices which the public has the opportunity to pay to witness.

  7. Jeff 11/22/2005 at 8:57 PM #

    Weekend of Gluttony from Section Six

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