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Predict the 2013-2014 NC State Basketball Record

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I am curious: where do the BTP denizens think this team ends up?

I'll start: 18-13, 8-10 in conference. I tried to pick the best and worst reasonable scenarios, and split the difference. Best reasonable case, the team is about as good as last year - 22-9, 11-7, and an 7/8/9 seed. The D is much better than last year with more depth, more height/rim protection (from Anya later in the year after he shapes up plus a greatly improved Vandy who bounces back quickly from injury), and a major upgrade on the wings (from Wood/Purvis/fat TJ to Turner/Lee/Barber/skinny TJ). The offense isn't a top 10 unit like last year but does not fall off too much - TJ blows up, Tyler is a master a running the show, Lee/Turner/Barber provide timely shooting/slashing, and one big (Washington?) steps up as a viable option.

Worst reasonable case, 14-17, 5-13. The frontcourt gets overwhelmed on both ends of the court (Vandy hampered all year by injury, Anya a non-factor, Washington/Freeman too raw to do much). TJ has to play too much 4, limiting his effectiveness, and he fights double teams all year. Tyler gets abused on the defensive end, and the remaining wing players are OK but nothing special. A young team loses a bunch of close games. This record already is a game worse than the two worst Sidney Lowe teams, so I cannot justify going any lower (now watch us win 11).

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