In a less that stellar performance yesterday afternoon, NC State's basketball season came to a dreadful end after dropping the ball - no pun intended - against Temple 76-72. State played with zero motivation, lacked intensity, and surely did not play team basketball. For some reason this has been a trend throughout the whole season. There are only two, possibly three games where State really played a complete game - Duke, UNC, and UVA wins. It is a mystery why this team could not pull it together this year.
With all the talent that Gottfried inherited last season, and then having a top-5 recruiting class this year, State should have blazed through a weak ACC conference - in comparison to years past of course. The media and athletic department at NCSU had everyone believing that this was the year that they would finally win the ACC championship and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. State was given respect that, to be honest, was not deserved when they were preseason ranked #6 in the AP polls and predicted to win the regular season ACC title. C.J. Leslie was supposed to have his breakout season and was a preseason ACC player of the year candidate and possible national player of the year candidate after deciding to not go pro and come back for his junior year.
With all of the great things that were supposed to happen this year, yet again, State fans were let down. The Pack finished 5th in the conference this year and lost to Miami in the third round of the ACC tournament. They earned a dreadful 8-seed in the NCAA tournament, and embarrassed themselves in front of the whole country when they lost to Temple yesterday afternoon. C.J. Leslie was given the "great honor" of being named third-team All-ACC, averaging 15 points 7 rebounds for the year. It is sadly obvious that neither State nor CJ met the expectations that they set for themselves before the season started.
So, as we come to the end of another forgetful basketball season, I have to say what all State fans say at the end of every season..."wait till football season." I hope Doeren can bring a revival to the football program this year by giving Wolfpack fans something to cheer about in the fall.