You cannot—you just cannot—mess around when your season is in the balance. Maybe it was fitting that NC State lost at home to Georgia Tech at home thanks to a last-second lapse that led to an easy dunk. I can’t argue at this point that State should be in the NCAA tournament, or that there was anything raw about the deal tendered on Wednesday night.
State simply wasn’t any good. State almost bailed itself out from being not very good, thanks to Torin Dorn’s go-ahead three with 5.5 seconds left, but it never should have come down to that moment. It never should have taken that sort of heroism to get rid of a bad Georgia Tech team.
This sucks. This sucks a lot. NC State’s at-large chances took a significant hit, and now the game at Boston College is a must-win for sure, and probably there will need to be a win or two beyond that one. All of this is possible, but at this point? Why think that’s doable? Why is that doable after dropping a home game to Georgia Tech on senior night?
The better team didn’t win, but see here is the thing with that: if you fuck around for 35 minutes, then the difference between you and your opponent is basically irrelevant. State about near found another save-ass win. Clemson was the first one. State would have been lucky as hell to go 2-0 in games like this. State ended up 1-1. It just never should have gotten to this point.
If State doesn’t end up in the NCAAs after this, I don’t know how we could complain. I wish we could figure out a better way to get our best players shots in more advantageous positions. I wish we could find a way to get Markell Johnson invested in the first, I don’t know, 25 minutes. I don’t know why Braxton Beverly plays 35 minutes without making a shot. Maybe they can figure that out during this long offseason.