Basketball schedule coming into focus

The hype continues to build for the 2012-2013 basketball season. On the ‘heels’ of this related entry, NC State’s 2012-2013 basketball schedule could be released as early as this coming week…but, a large portion of the schedule has come to shape and was reported by the N&O this week:

The Wolfpack will play home-and-home games with North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest during the 2012-13 season.

Coach Mark Gottfried’s second team also will play two games against ACC tournament champion Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Boston College next season. The Pack will play Miami and Virginia Tech only at home, with road-only games against Maryland and Virginia.


N.C. State’s nonconference schedule includes a spot in the Puerto Rico Tip-off in November, with Oklahoma State and Tennessee, a Big Ten challenge game at Michigan and a return home game with Stanford.

The N&O omitted the great news that NC State will play in Madison Square Garden this December against UConn in the Jimmy V Classic! (Click here)

In addition to all of the obvious things to LOVE about playing in the Jimmy V Classic, I particularly like THIS specific game for us as we get to play a national name, Big East opponent in a year that they should be pretty bad, or at least not nearly as good as their annual reputation.

NC State doesn’t necessarily ‘need’ another ‘Top 20′ style opponent next season as the blend of our pre-season ranking, ACC slate and overall scheduling difficulty (just with the names mentioned in the aforementioned quote) is more than acceptable. So, having the opportunity to be positioned to WIN a big game on the big stage over a big name couldn’t be more welcome!!

I guess we should look at the Jimmy V Classic like this — NC State defeated both Texas and Georgetown on neutral floors last season. So, their game is kind of the ‘losers bracket’ and we’ve already advanced to what we can call the championship 🙂

SFN’s Basketball Message Forum has been the home of a lot of ‘real-time’ conversations about our upcoming schedule in recent months, including this thread from last month specifically designed to de-construct the schedule.

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7 Responses to Basketball schedule coming into focus

  1. JEOH2 06/24/2012 at 10:41 AM #

    – We shouldn’t have any RPI questions this year. we have 8 (out of 18) opportunities to get (what should be) quality regular season wins in conference compared to only 5 (out of 16 last year). Not to mention if a team like BC or Clem perform better than expected in their OOC.

    – My only disappointment is that we don’t get UMD twice as well considering the mutual disdain we have for one another. Not a big deal though, would love to beat them in College Park. I think we are the only NC school that plays all its in-state rivals twice which is awesome…

    – PNC should have some good games on tap UNC, Duke, FSU, Miami (who should be very good this year), an-improved Stanford…

  2. UpstateSCWolfpack 06/24/2012 at 11:27 AM #

    Hearing that Brown has injured his knee and needs surgery. Is this true?

  3. BlackHole91 06/24/2012 at 12:23 PM #

    Yes, it was reported on Pack Insider this morning, and the good news is that it’s not an ACL tear and he should be back playing basketball within 2 or 3 months.

  4. tuckerdorm1983 06/24/2012 at 4:04 PM #

    they say he will have it scoped Tuesday

  5. Wulfpack 06/24/2012 at 4:56 PM #

    Obviously hope Lo is ok. Going to be an awfully fun year with 4 games against our rivals. Can’t wait!

  6. JSRy2k 06/24/2012 at 5:08 PM #

    Nice Wulf, “4 games against our rivals” (not 6). Haha. You know who you are that can’t cut it in the ACC these days.

  7. Wufpacker 06/24/2012 at 8:03 PM #

    If he only has a torn meniscus, Lo should be back relatively quickly. That being said, while a meniscal cartilage can be torn without other damage, often there is instability from another injury first. They wouldn’t be calling this exploratory if they knew for certain nothing else was wrong. The likely something else’s at this point would be either a partial ACL or MCL tear (a complete tear of either could be detected without scoping).

    If there is a partial ACL or MCL, the good news is that correction and recovery are much less “taxing”.

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