Putting the Pack Back on the Map!!

WOW!! What an amazing morning of attention for the NC State Basketball program!!

We’ve got two “REQUIRED” items for you this morning to go with everything else on the main blog and a ton of great threads on our message forums (click here)

First is the following video from NCAA.com is a MUST SEE for everyone!!

Second is this this article on CBS Sports from Tony Barnhart – ‘After long lapse, coach Gottfried makes N.C. State relevant again’

Draw near, dear children, and I will tell you a story that you’ll find hard to believe.

Once upon a time, long before you were only a gleam in your mother’s eye, North Carolina State was the dominant college basketball team, not only in the state of North Carolina, but the ACC as well.

Yes, I know. In your lifetime all you have ever known is the dominance of Duke and North Carolina. Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke forever, or at least it seems that way, and has won more games than anybody else. Dean Smith retired at North Carolina in 1997 and Roy Williams eventually picks up the baby blue mantle and they just keep rolling. It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when red was the dominant color — or even a relevant color — in the Tar Heel state.

But that time did exist.

Everett Case came to N.C. State in 1946 after winning four Indiana state high school championships and turned North Carolina into a basketball crazy part of the world.

N.C. State won the first three ACC tournament championships (1954-56). In an effort to keep up, Duke would eventually hire a Case disciple, Vic Bubas, as coach. North Carolina would go to New York and hire Frank McGuire in 1952 because its boosters were tired of losing to N.C. State.

And we were off and running.

N.C. State has won 10 ACC tournament championships, second only to Duke (19) and North Carolina (17). The Wolfpack won the national championship in 1974 with David Thompson, Tom Burleson, and Monte Towe and then won another one with Jim Valvano’s miracle team of 1983.

But here is the present reality of N.C. State basketball. The Wolfpack hasn’t won an ACC Tournament since 1987. It hasn’t been to an NCAA Tournament since 2006. The glory years of the Wolfpack are now far, far, away.

On Friday, however, first-year coach Mark Gottfried took a big step toward making N.C. State basketball relevant again as the Wolfpack beat fourth-seeded Virginia 67-64 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament at Philips Arena.

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22 Responses to Putting the Pack Back on the Map!!

  1. BJD95 03/10/2012 at 11:39 AM #

    Competence leads to relevance. I look forward to seeing the next steps in the program’s growth.

  2. old13 03/10/2012 at 11:47 AM #

    The PACK is BACK! The pieces are now in place IMO to climb that hill.

  3. ScottieJ2000 03/10/2012 at 11:47 AM #

    So here is what we want today:
    NC State over UNC!

    But assuming this doesn’t happen:
    Memphis over Marshall is a MUST
    Vanderbilt over Ole Miss is a must
    New Mexico State over Louisiana Tech

    We win today… THEN WHO CARES!?!?! We are in! Go State!

  4. BJD95 03/10/2012 at 11:49 AM #

    You also want a St. Louis/Xavier A-10 final.

  5. beeeejay 03/10/2012 at 11:49 AM #

    So say we lose today, and somehow get left out of the tournament, do all these articles and things just kind of disappear until hopefully we become a certified lock next year?

  6. Sweet jumper 03/10/2012 at 11:54 AM #

    Thanks Coach Gott and staff and team for the strides made this year. We are on the way back to the upper crust where we belong. The sleeping giant is stirring. Thanks also to Chancellor Woodson and AD Yow for all you both do. The State fan base is incredibly loyal and has continued strong support through 20+ long, lean years, and we deserve this ray of hope. I was fortunate enough to witness the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, so I know what State can do with the proper foundation and guidance. Go Pack!!

  7. ScottieJ2000 03/10/2012 at 11:55 AM #

    @BJD95 Xavier and St. Louis are meeting each other in the semifinal so they couldn’t meet each other in the final if that is what you mean, or one will be in the final whether you want it or not if that’s what you mean. That game today really means nothing to us. Tomorrow we need Xavier/St. Louis to win it all.

  8. wufpup76 03/10/2012 at 11:57 AM #

    Fantastic video.

  9. BJD95 03/10/2012 at 12:02 PM #

    Doh. It’s possible that UMass could get on the bubble, plus we beat the Bonnie’s…so let’s hope for SL to face and beat the Bonnies on Sunday.

  10. ScottieJ2000 03/10/2012 at 12:07 PM #

    Added to the list:
    St. Bonaventure over UMass

    I didn’t even realize UMass has 3 wins against Top 50 teams which includes a Top 25 team.

  11. StateFans 03/10/2012 at 12:26 PM #

    ^ Big difference in a couple of things —

    (1) Lowe had a ‘run’ to the Championship game on the heels of a crappy record. Gottfried has put together a very good overall season.

    (2) Gottfried had at least 3 McDonald’s All-Americans coming in next season with recruiting in the future years looking even better

  12. imstillhere 03/10/2012 at 12:42 PM #

    Are we really this starved for attention? Let’s keep this in perspective. We haven’t done anything yet.

  13. StateMan 03/10/2012 at 12:46 PM #

    In greenville, Pulling for the pack. I bet sammys will be rocking today

  14. StateMan 03/10/2012 at 12:49 PM #

    Ugh, i sit down and 2 tables of unc fans surround me, come on pack!!

  15. ScottieJ2000 03/10/2012 at 12:59 PM #

    @Stateman There were a lot at Buffalo Wild Wings in High Point yesterday! Ugh… I just wanted to eat something. So annoying hearing them cheer when they were up like 20 points against Maryland. Only they would be cheering that…

    Memphis getting it done!

  16. paul 03/10/2012 at 1:03 PM #

    Lowe recruited well too. I’m not saying that I am unhappy about the current state of NC State basketball. Rather, I just think people should recall that many of the same things that are being said now were said in 2007.

  17. 1.21 Jigawatts 03/10/2012 at 1:04 PM #

    StateMan…don’t you know that everyone in greenville is either a UNX or Duke bball fan? A lonely town for us Pack fans. In fact, my house is the only one in my neighborhood with a State flag out front.

  18. Tau837 03/10/2012 at 1:10 PM #

    That is a great video. Hope Amile sees it.

    Go Pack!!!

  19. choppack1 03/10/2012 at 1:27 PM #

    Paul- I think you make a fair point.

    Time will tell whether or not this is the beginning of a return to national relevance or if its just another tease.

    The good news is that gott appears to really know his stuff….and at this point appears to be coaching well from an individual motivation point of view. Remember, coach k isn’t a great coach because of his x and o’s. He’s the best motivator in ncaa basketball history.

  20. ScottieJ2000 03/10/2012 at 1:30 PM #

    @Paul I was very exciting after Lowe’s first season. I won’t disagree with you there but that was tournament excitement. After Lowe was fired, it was clear that there big cracks in the system. MG has done more with less than Lowe did his last season. We lost Tracy Smith, Ryan Harrow, and Javier Gonzalez while the freshmen class has not had much immediate impact. We should have done worse or the same this year but we did better.

    All I know is that MG is actually making the players go to the gym, watch what they eat, reaching out to alumni, renovating the practice gym, making in game adjustments, scheduling tougher non conference opponents, and more. All these mean much more than tournament excitement to me.

  21. choppack1 03/10/2012 at 1:40 PM #

    Scottie …lowe had to be fired for you to see that? Lowe was a horrid hire. I loved him as a player and he was a true wolfpacker….but he has never been a successful head coach for a reason.

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