State is ACC’s #4 Seed

Boston College came back to defeat Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles’ victory served to lock NC State into the #4 seed in this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament regardless of the outcome of the Wolfpack’s game against Winston-Salem later in the afternoon.

The Pack will face the winner of the #5 vs #12 game (FSU vs Wake Forest) in the ACC Tourney’s Friday afternoon session (2:30 p.m).

Herb Sendek is wiping his brow with relief right now as the Wolfpack’s seeding guarantees that State can’t play Carolina in the semi-finals of the Tournament on Saturday. Instead, if the Pack advances to the semi-finals on Saturday the odds are strong that State will play Duke, whom Sendek has lost to in 5 of his 9 ACC Tournament appearances (1-5 overall).

This works out much better for Sendek’s psyche since many State fans don’t even pretend to think that the Wolfpack should compete with the Blue Devils now. Heck, NC State’s own Athletics Director doesn’t expect State to compete with Duke. (Sidebar: I wonder how public comments like these impact things like ticket sales to the Tournament for Wolfpackers? If you were a State fan living near the Tournament, why would you spend your time and money trying to get a ticket to such a game when the administration is so honest about its “goals”?)

NC State will finish behind Big Four “rivals” North Carolina and Duke AGAIN in the ACC Standings despite Lee Fowler’s expectations and predictions last year expecting State to take advantage of a young UNC team. In addition to Fowler’s comments last season, before this season began Fowler said:

“I think this team has a chance to really do something special�

I guess this team’s ‘specialness’ will have to come in the ACC or NCAA Tournament. (Then again, we are talking about the standards of Lee Fowler here. For all we know, #4 could be very special to him).

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5 Responses to State is ACC’s #4 Seed

  1. Tom Gray 03/04/2006 at 6:31 PM #

    I think our athletic department is satisfied with Herb Sendek running a clean program, even though we are below average in graduation rate.
    You are right in saying that we have met Fowler’s expectations and that is all that counts as far as he is concerned.

    I really don’t care for Coach Sendeks style of play or his ability to motivate young men to perform at their best, but it does not matter to the athletic department because we are the sixth most profitable program in the NCAA and that is all that matters. If you want a change then don’t buy tickets!!

    Herb Sendek

  2. lumberpack 03/04/2006 at 8:27 PM #

    The AD and Herb are a pushmy-pullyou.

  3. WufPacker 03/05/2006 at 4:35 AM #

    Before the season started I would have said that a top 4 finish and not having to play a thursday ACCT game would have been a good thing. And while it beats HAVING to play a thursday game, I now find it hard to get excited about the thursday bye.

    The way the season has progressed and has steadily gone south over the past few weeks, however, I think we see that this team has the TALENT to have been something special. Unfortunately they do not have the VISION (read: coaching) to maximize the talent they possess. I believe that unless we shoot lights out against the 5/12 winner, we will lose (not a huge prediction there, I know) whether it is Miami, FSU or even Wake again.

    I guess we shall see.

  4. Jeff 03/05/2006 at 2:02 PM #

    ^ Those are great comments.

    Unfortunately, I think almost every one of State’s last 7 teams have “had the tealent” to have been something (if not special) better than they achieved. We’ve consistenly achieved Top 25 recruiting rankings every year, I don’t see how anyone could think that we haven’t had the talent to compete on a higher level than we have.

  5. Fish 03/07/2006 at 8:28 AM #

    Do we even have a basketball program? Oh that’s right–Coach Yow and Coach Sendeck run those two programs.

    Trust me folks–Start your yard work early or get caught up on other activities. You are merely wasting your tine investing any time in these two dreadful programs.

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