It's perfectly NC State S***. This season is a pure example of the phenomena that is NC State S*** because we still have hope that we can reach our goals only to likely watch them die in front of us. See it hurts less when you're either really good or really bad, because there'd be no worry about games leading to Selection Sunday. Yet now we're back to where we were 2 years ago, when we fret over every win and every loss in a season that may come down to winning/losing a big game in the ACC tourney.
- All That Glitters Is Not Gold: At the time, our wins over UT/ND on the road and over FSU at home appeared to be resume building victories. Now ND has fallen completely off the map, FSU never regained its footing, and UT has slipped too far in the SEC to matter. If at least 2 of those teams had remained consistent, we'd be in good shape
- Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In: Frankly, losses to NCCU & Wake should've killed us. Those losses should've dashed all hope by this point. Yet NCCU proved themselves to be solid and dominate their conference and, while Wake stumbled, the quality of their ACC schedule plus earlier wins have prevented them to falling too deep RPI-wise. If Wake and NCCU were in the 150+ we could write off this season much more easily.
- Heartbreaker, You Got The Best Of Me: Syracuse, Missouri, & Wake. Three games that came down to a final possession or two. Obviously had Syracuse gone our way, everything else would be elementary. Though I believe winning the other two alone, while not doing much for the Top-50 resume wins, would still have us garner much more consideration from the prognosticators. You see, 19-8 (8-6) is a much more attractive cover letter for a resume than what we have right now. So of course, in classic State fashion, they were losses that ripped our hearts out Mortal Kombat style.
- Hope Springs Eternal: U*NC is rising in the RPI. Pitt has remained in the Top-50. Losing both eliminates us unless we at least make it to Sunday. Winning both almost has us in barring a poor showing against the two lesser teams we'd play. SO NC State S*** dictates we'll win one (prob Pitt, cause NCSS won't let us beat UNC), win on Thursday at the ACC tourney, and Friday play a team like Duke or Cuse to the final few possessions only to face the probability of losing due to inconsistent reffing or free throws. What else would we expect?
Biggest problem with all this? It won't answer any questions for us in the long run. We'll make the NIT as predicted before the season. Some folks will question Gott for poor defense & not winning the close ones, while others will praise him for taking a team with one reliable scorer further than they probably should've gone. We'll mull over who's transferring until it happens (or doesn't) and lament that UNC/Duke/ACC is probably going to be just as good or better next year. And guess what? With the Martins/Abu & Lacey coming in, Tyler playing at a high level, the emergence of KW as a scorer/rebounder/zone buster and, plus the role players getting better...we won't fear for next season or be apathetic, we'll believe again...all this, while NC State S*** concocts new, more innovative ways to screw with us again next time. NCSS finest season, indeed