NC State

Pack hype shifting to reality with season opener

Posted November 6, 2012
Updated November 7, 2012

— The North Carolina State basketball team played in Spain this summer and has been in two exhibition games, but Friday is when the conversion from hype to reality begins as the Wolfpack plays host to Miami of Ohio in their season opener.

Coming off a strong NCAA tournament run a year ago and with a top recruiting class coming in this season, the expectations for NC State are as high this fall as they have been in a long time.

On Tuesday, NC State was tabbed No. 5 in the preseason Sports Illustrated Top 25. The AP and USA Today have each placed the Wolfpack No. 6 in their preseason polls. In all three prognostications, NC State resides ahead of their in-state rivals, Duke and North Carolina. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

But the Wolfpack said Tuesday that they are careful not to get caught up in the hype.

“We’re not satisfied. We made it to the Sweet 16, we had a nice run, we’ve added some nice pieces and we want to get better,” said senior Richard Howell. “We want to get further than the Sweet 16. We want an ACC Championship; we want to go to the Final Four.”

NC State players said that the early start to the promising year in Spain could pay big dividends in the coming months.

“The chemistry, everybody came together as a group and we formed a strong bond that teams need to make it and survive in the tournament,” Howell said. “I feel like that was something that got us further in the tournament last year and something that definitely is going to help us this year.”

The wait is nearly over now. NC State’s journey took them to another continent, now the real work begins Friday at home in their season-opener against Miami of Ohio.

“You really only have a couple chances to do it in college,” junior Lorenzo Brown said. “You have four years and this is going on my third year. I feel like I should be one to push my team and help us win a national championship.”

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  • OGE Nov 8, 11:39 a.m.

    Four more years baby!! Woooohooooo OBAMA!!!

    — Posted by Obamacare lives on

    Yes, more high unemployment, taxes going up, debt going to sell us out to China, messed-up... View More

    — Posted by wjuliang

    sorry you lose!

    Fully two-thirds of the national debt is owed to the U.S. government, American investors and future retirees, through the Social Security Trust Fund and pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel. China, it turns out, holds less than 8 percent of the money our government has borrowed over the years.

  • OGE Nov 8, 11:30 a.m.

    Hussein is our president for another long cold miserable four years and he loves the tar babies... View More

    — Posted by THETRUTH79

    bitter much?

  • duane11 Nov 8, 7:00 a.m.

    (Sigh) . . . Anyone else got the feeling that this just isn't going to end well?

    — Posted by eaglewolf

    nope, just you!

    — Posted by senor wuf

    and hans

  • senor wuf Nov 7, 8:15 p.m.

    (Sigh) . . . Anyone else got the feeling that this just isn't going to end well?

    — Posted by eaglewolf

    nope, just you!

  • acc_rules Nov 7, 7:39 p.m.

    Poor hole fans,The spotlight is not on you this season. Cry Cry Cry

    — Posted by kkevin7048

    The spotlight is always on us...we're just accustom to it so it doesn't bother us. State on the... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    The spotlight has certainly been on you UNC this year. Sorta like the spotlight I see whenever I drive by the prison.

  • Aint ur day Nov 7, 5:48 p.m.

    Its gonna be a competitive season in the triangle, and thats a good thing. We will see how it unfolds beginning in Jan. I am looking forward to some great ACC b-ball.

  • eaglewolf Nov 7, 5:04 p.m.

    Can the political comments go to a political thread? Election wsa yesterday. This is about... View More

    — Posted by Got Peart

    ^Best screen name and avatar EVER. You rock, professor.

  • eaglewolf Nov 7, 4:59 p.m.

    (Sigh) . . . Anyone else got the feeling that this just isn't going to end well?

  • unc70 Nov 7, 4:04 p.m.

    I see Duke, State, Carolina as being relatively close this year, closer than any time recently. teamranking.com has State as one of their three most-overrated teams preseason. We won't really know much until January for any of us.

    Good luck to all the ACC teams until conference play begins.

  • Packman24 Nov 7, 3:40 p.m.

    This team is still no better then last's year team. But should do well in the ACC, only see... View More

    — Posted by cctlallen

    Spoken like a true blue hater! Go Pack!!

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