So far it’s been not so good for NC State basketball in ACC action. The Pack has lost its first three games in the conference against Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Wake Forest. And although the scores were relatively close, a loss is still a loss.
The game tonight against FSU is big for the Wolfpack, and a win is essential. Both teams are looking for an ACC win and another loss for the Pack could take away all hopes for a NCAA tournament bid. FSU has struggled this year with slow offensive starts and NC State will need to capitalize on that and maintain momentum.
Terry Henderson’s unfortunate absence has put some pressure Cat Barber as the only ball handler. Although Maverick Rowan and Caleb Martin have stepped up, Martin is not as natural handling the ball, while Rowan can be inconsistent. You could argue that whether we win or lose will depend on how well Martin and Maverick contribute offensively.