Miami, Pack Basketball “in middle”

Don’t look now…but NC State has a very important basketball game against the University of Miami on Sunday in the RBC Center.

Gregg Doyel ranks the game as one of the ten best of the weekend, also stating that the games this weekend are “crummy”. Herb Sendek is 0-1 against Miami after losing in Miami last year, providing the historic first ACC win to the Hurricane program.

As for this year’s encounter, Section Six does a super job of previewing the game.

Doyel also shares some insight into the national view of the Atlantic Coast Conference and NC State’s position this year of being one of the “gelatinous mass in the middle”. It wouldn’t be as frustrating to any fan base to be “in the middle” of the conference in the 1oth year of a coaching tenure if said coach would have won at least a single championship and earned an ACC Tournament bid better than 4th more than a single time in 9 previous attempts. But, after finishing 7-9 last season (7th in the ACC), it would be nice to be competing at the top of the conference and not in the “middle” of the conference….again. Don’t argue with me about it; argue with Doyel.

Miami at No. 21 North Carolina State: The ACC’s gelatinous mass in the middle continues to take shape in the league opener for both. Miami point guard Anthony Harris (foot) is back after missing all three of the Hurricanes’ non-conference losses. Is he good enough to lead Miami past the Wolfpack? Probably, if the game were played in Miami. Let’s see … where is this game being played? Pick: Raleigh.

I can’t emphasize enough how important the next two weeks are going to be for NC State’s 2005-2006 basketball season. The Miami game is the first step in eradicating the foul taste of the Iowa game and building some momentum for January.

More Miami Game Links —

Previewing Miami by Pack Pride

Ready for ACC Opener by

General Media NCS Basketball

5 Responses to Miami, Pack Basketball “in middle”

  1. Sam '92 12/17/2005 at 1:30 PM #

    Go Wolfpack!

  2. VaWolf82 12/17/2005 at 5:49 PM #

    If we make the assumption that Miami is not tremendously improved over last year, then this game can highlight problems but won’t tell us much good. A loss would be very, very bad.

  3. TVP 12/17/2005 at 6:45 PM #

    I don’t sense a lot of buzz about this game but in my mind it’s a huge, important contest. Miami has struggled but they get their point guard back from injury and their overall backcourt can get hot and hurt anyone. Hopefully the RBC will be packed.

  4. Jeff 12/17/2005 at 7:08 PM #

    TVP, I totally agree with you. I think that I agree with you in the context of VaWolf’s comments — “this game can highlight problems but won’t tell us much good. A loss would be very, very bad.”

    A win is as ‘expected’ as could be in Wolfpacknation…a loss would be HUGE and put us on the road to ANOTHER losing ACC season.

  5. TVP 12/17/2005 at 8:35 PM #

    ^No doubt – losing this one would put us squarely behind the 8 ball in ACC play.

    Also, I really want to see us w/ only one loss going into the GW game, which could then be a matchup of two top 15 teams.

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