Want to See State-Wake Play Tonight? You Better Go To The RBC

While I am perfectly aware of the state of NC State basketball, I have to admit that I am quite surprised that a Big Four hoops matchup is not being televised in North Carolina.  That’s right, no TV coverage for tonight’s Wake Forest – NC State game, unless you count sitting in front of your computer and watching the game on ACC Select as “television.”  I don’t, and I have an Internet connection and computer equipment as good as anyone out there.

Joe Ovies of 850 The Buzz put it best when he says:

“Lost in all the hype for tonight’s Duke-UNC game — NC State hosts Wake Forest. Apparently the contest is by invitation only, with no television for the 7pm tip-off. The only way to see this game is if you have tickets, or settling in front of your computer and use “ACC Select”. It’s easy to chalk this aberration up to the Wolfpack sucking and the Demon Deacons not really having any fans outside of Winston-Salem, but there is a larger issue at work. The ACC has allowed the overarching basketball history of the conference to be pigeon-holed.

“The importance of the Duke and North Carolina on a national level can not be denied, but let’s stop acting like it’s the only rivalry in the ACC. Why the conference doesn’t use the final weekend of conference play to promote the other intriguing rivalries is mind boggling. Never mind that NC State and Wake Forest have been playing since 1910, these teams are a huge part of the “Big Four” mystic and helped build the conference into a phenomenon. And it’s not like these teams don’t have history. Do I have to remind everyone about Julius Hodge and Chris Paul? Da Jules scoffs at bloody noses.”

I take this snub as yet another sign of how far NC State hoops has fallen and also how the ACC has essentially become a two-team league in hoops.  Someone actually went so far as to post a thread on Pack Pride suggesting that the ten teams in the ACC not named “Duke” or “UNC” consider leaving the ACC and leaving the fifty-five year old conference to the only two teams that matter to Conference Headquarters.  I have to admit that there are times when I feel the same way — it seems that there are two Chiefs and ten Indians in the ACC and little else.

Consider also the title of the HBO documentary: “The Battle For Tobacco Road” — a documentary that focuses exclusively on the Duke-UNC rivalry.  I’m not going to be ignorant and say that the Battle of the Blues is not a huge rivalry or that State and Wake are consistently on par with the two schools, but the fact is that Tobacco Road starts in Raleigh, travels through Durham and Chapel Hill and ends in Winston-Salem.  In other words, State and Wake Forest are as much citizens of Tobacco Road as Duke and UNC ever were, thank you very much.  Any look at a “battle” involving this mythical road simply must include State and Wake or it is bogus and inaccurate.

Still, it is what it is and the only thing that NC State can do is exactly what Wake Forest is doing: step up, get better and kick some Tar Heel and Blue Devil ass long enough that the national press has to admit that there are more than two teams in the twelve team ACC.

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96 Responses to Want to See State-Wake Play Tonight? You Better Go To The RBC

  1. Rochester 02/11/2009 at 6:28 PM #

    Would be kind of fitting that they win on a night when none of us can see it.

  2. john of sparta 02/11/2009 at 6:34 PM #

    no TV = not enough ad $ for support.
    no TV = eliminate programming conflict.
    (if WFU v. NCSU goes overtime?)
    no TV = not a stadium sellout.
    no TV = see NHL.
    no TV = finally, if this doesn’t FORCE
    season ticket holders’ attendance
    at the RBC…well, bring on the
    Monster Trucks.

  3. Wufpacker 02/11/2009 at 6:52 PM #

    “….and the pain of Wolfpack basketball has never left me curled up in the fetal position.”

    Give it time.

  4. inhoc... 02/11/2009 at 7:28 PM #

    ok girls, 9 point lead…how long til it withers away?

  5. inhoc... 02/11/2009 at 7:31 PM #


  6. txpack 02/11/2009 at 7:35 PM #

    Any radio link? Please.

  7. inhoc... 02/11/2009 at 7:36 PM #

    gamecast says official TV timeout………….?

  8. Wufpacker 02/11/2009 at 7:39 PM #

    Gopack.com’s PackPass is allowing free listening for tonite’s game

  9. txpack 02/11/2009 at 7:40 PM #

    Not sure why we can score 40+ the first half, but not much the second half in past two games.

  10. Sw0rdf1sh 02/11/2009 at 7:42 PM #

    Holy smokes…both Javi and Farnold are looking good. That last TO at the end of the half was a good dish by Javi.

    CJ Williams making people wonder why he hasn’t played more.

    We are an enigma.

  11. Wufpacker 02/11/2009 at 7:43 PM #

    A lot has to do with pulling out of our offense with 10+ minutes to play and trying to protect a lead.

    Conditioning could contribute as well, I suppose. (Not necessarily the whole team…but Gonzalez definitely was NOT ready for the minutes he got last game).

  12. txpack 02/11/2009 at 7:44 PM #

    Thanks, Wulpacker.

  13. BJD95 02/11/2009 at 7:45 PM #

    Degand and CJ came up huge that half offensively, and Fells sounds great on both ends. Dear God, please let them keep it going for the full 40 minutes. We really need a confidence booster as we push for an NIT/CBI bid.

  14. Sw0rdf1sh 02/11/2009 at 7:45 PM #

    When you watch that half, you can easily see that we are trying to push the ball and run up-tempo.

    I hope John Wall is watching and I hope we wax the Deacs.

  15. Dr. BadgerPack 02/11/2009 at 7:47 PM #

    There is now a game thread– not that we don’t like your TV thread Alpha…

  16. Sw0rdf1sh 02/11/2009 at 7:48 PM #

    Gary Hahn is just now commenting on the “penetration off the dribble” that we are displaying.

    It is what I really expected from us all year based on what I thought we were focusing on. Glad to see it has peeked it’s head out…I hope it sticks around.

  17. hoop 02/11/2009 at 8:44 PM #

    We have more than 3 minutes to give up 8 points. That will be no problem (for us)!!!

  18. hoop 02/11/2009 at 8:51 PM #

    Wait a second. We’re up by 6 with a minute left. We might win!!!!!

  19. hoop 02/11/2009 at 8:52 PM #

    Oh shit, now we’re up only 2 points with a minute left. It’s hard to get accurate data from this sportsline.com web app thing.

  20. hoop 02/11/2009 at 8:57 PM #

    WE WON!! WE WON!!

  21. Wolf Dog 02/11/2009 at 11:11 PM #

    Good Old southern sweet = kidney stone.

    A Man, a vacume hose, and a bottle a jack daniel = man that can’t take the pain anymore and wait for it to pass.

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