N.C. State Wolfpack (14-9, 5-5) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-12, 2-7) | 8pm @ Lawrence Joel Coliseum | TV: ACC Network (WRAL locally)
Ok, we all know what’s at stake. A win keeps the Pack treading water and trending slightly upward with consecutive road victories. A loss won’t sink the ship, but it would leave her listing badly.
Wake is having a tough season with respect to the W/L column, but the Deacons have shown that they are capable of playing quality basketball in spurts. They have no doubt improved since State played them last, and most likely view tonight’s game as a good opportunity to pick up a win. Wake Forest has been mostly close and competitive against quality competition since facing the Wolfpack in late December.
Hopefully, the Wolfpack will come out with the focus and discipline necessary to pick up a key victory. As always, Barber, Turner, and Lacey have to be big – but getting the post guys involved early and keeping them involved throughout the game would be a great sign. A better rebounding effort would be good, as well 🙂 .
Ordinarily I’d link the ACC standings showing the respective RPI ratings, however today I’ll steer everyone towards this fantastic ACC mid-season review. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do yourself a favor and get over there … The review has all the information you need to prime yourself for what State and other ACC teams need to accomplish over the second half of the ACC season in order to get where they want to go.
After tonight, the Pack do not play again until next Wednesday evening – at home against Virginia. After that, there’s plenty of road games as we draw in on some must win games. There are so many ‘at’s left on State’s schedule that I think of the AT-ATs from Star Wars. Hopefully we won’t get slaughtered in those road games like the rebels did in that AT-AT battle. Enjoy the game everyone.