On the positive news front, the Pomeroy Ratings are more optimistic about NC State basketball than they have been in a while. The Wolfpack will begin the 2019-20 season at No. 28 overall, which is its highest preseason rank since it started the 2012-13 season at No. 24.
There are five ACC teams ahead of State in the ratings, and you can probably guess them: Louisville, Duke, UVA, UNC, and FSU.
Here’s a look at the entire league (KenPom rating in parenthesis):
Florida State (14)
NC State (28)
Notre Dame (42)
Virginia Tech (54)
Georgia Tech (66)
Wake Forest (80)
Boston College (119)
Of note in the non-conference portion of the Pack’s schedule: Auburn is No. 22, Wisconsin is No. 45, and Memphis is No. 50 (computer ain’t buying the hype there yet). NC State is projected to finish the season 20-11 (11-9).