What a great weekend in Wolfpack Athletics!!
Both the basketball program and the football program took advantage of their opportunities over the weekend and logged solid wins. Yeah….I think “solid” is the perfect adjective for the wins.
On Friday, I called the weekend’s games an “opportunity” for both programs “not to screw up”. Both programs succeeded with flying colors on that mission. In fact, had football exercised more offensive proficiency when given the opportunity, both programs could have elevated themselves from “not screwing up” to “making a helluva statement”.
By all accounts, football’s win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl was boring. Who cares? It was a win. It was a shutout win against a team that beat Louisville by 30 points. (I’m sure some of our friends remember Louisville.
Basketball’s win over George Washington was more impressive.
Of course, I am tempted to ask just how good GW really is? Who wouldn’t be after watching that performance last Friday night. I know after watching them that they aren’t a fundamentally sound basketball team; I also know that their record is grossly inflated against horrible teams as evidenced by their current computer records – #94 RPI; #50 Sagarin; #297 strength of schedule But, who really cares right now? We will find out how good GW is by the end of the season.
The key element on which fans should focus is that for only the second time in ten years, NC State has performed acceptably well against our non-conference basketball schedule. State has avoided the inexcusable losses that have plagued us in the past and succeeded in building a record that produces confidence on the team and cushion in their quest to play for NCAA Tournament seeding throughout the year (as opposed to playing just to get into the NCAA Tournament).
At this point, I am not as concerned with how strong/weak the OOC schedule has been. We have the ACC to help us with more tests against good competition. I want to focus on the fact that to this point – we’ve lined ’em up, and we’ve knocked them down. We haven’t been able to say that nearly enough in the Robinson/Sendek era. The Wolfpack is now being rewarded for consistency with a #12/#13 current national ranking, a #43 RPI, and a #16 Sagarin. Time to focus on the ACC.
There are tons of thoughts to share from the experiences of the weekend….so, I hope I get the time to get to the computer this week.
Happy New Year!