We’re looking to jump back into the predictions game, so place your bets! Actually, never gamble on NC State, only bad things will happen to your money.
Rather than doing predictions per game, we are going to predict for the week. This week, we’ve got Notre Dame and Virginia Tech on the schedule. Yes, we’re breaking the coach’s rule of looking ahead on the schedule, not taking it one game at a time. But that’s whey we’re clown bloggers, not Division 1 athletes.
BTP contributors chipped in with their score predictions, plus their thoughts on how they think the games will go.
Opponent: Notre Dame
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Prediction: 83-77 (W)
Comment: “CJ Bryce returns, Pack bounces back to calm the tide of hysteria”
Prediction: 74-71 (W)
Comment: “ND’s looking a lot better of late. Pack pulls through in tight game”
Prediction: 88-81 (W)
Comment: “State plays much better at home, keeps the Irish at bay”
Prediction: 75-67 (W)
Comment: “I’m gonna assume that State is a little angry, and more focused. If not, then expect trouble.”
KenPom Projection 77-71 (W)
Comment: “beep boop boop beep” (I tend to disagree with that opinion but you’re entitled to it)
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 79-73 (W)
Opponent: Virginia Tech
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Prediction: 74-81 (L)
Comment: “Shooting shows up to put to bed all 24 point jokes, but half court defense does not”
Prediction: 68-64 (W)
Comment: “Pack starts fast, slows in the middle, but knocks down enough FTs at the end”
Prediction: 74-72 (W)
Comment: “Close game throughout, one of Hellems/DJF proves the difference...a Q1!”
Prediction: 66-72 (L)
Comment: “I need ‘em to prove to me they can win a game like this before I go all crazy expecting them to.”
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 71-72 (L)
As you can see, we’re a little more bullish on Keatts and company correcting recent mistakes than the rabble rousing that is very common after a loss. The team wasn’t going to go undefeated, and they also will not go the rest of the season fully defeated either. As we begin the back half of the season, we likely still have some turbulence on this flight as we begin our descent and approach the runway, so let’s enjoy it together.
How far off base are we? Give us your predictions in the comments below!