In case you've forgotten, there's more than one basketball team on campus with exciting prospects for the 2016-17 season. The Wolfpack Women are coming off a good year that ended with an NCAA tournament snub and are loading up with a talented recruiting class led by Aislinn Konig, who should be an immediate impact player at guard.
The Pack's full schedule was released on Thursday, and below is the conference portion of it. (The women still play a 16-game league schedule.)
|Thursday||Dec. 29||7 p.m.||No. 1 Notre Dame||Raleigh||ACCNE|
|Monday||Jan. 2||7 p.m.||at No. 15 FSU||Tallahassee||ACCNE|
|Thursday||Jan. 5||7 p.m.||No. 18 Miami||Raleigh||ACCNE|
|Sunday||Jan. 8||2 p.m.||at Wake Forest||Winston-Salem||RSN|
|Thursday||Jan. 12||7 p.m.||at No. 20 Syracuse||Syracuse|
|Sunday||Jan. 15||3 p.m.||Duke||Raleigh||RSN|
|Sunday||Jan. 22||2 p.m.||Clemson||Raleigh||ACCNE|
|Thursday||Jan. 26||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh||Raleigh||ACCNE|
|Sunday||Jan. 29||3 p.m.||at UNC-CH||Chapel Hill||RSN|
|Thursday||Feb. 2||7 p.m.||at No. 2 Louisville||Louisville|
|Thursday||Feb. 9||7 p.m.||at Georgia Tech||Atlanta|
|Sunday||Feb. 12||2 p.m.||Virginia Tech||Raleigh||ACCNE|
|Thursday||Feb. 16||7 p.m.||at Boston College||Chestnut Hill|
|Sunday||Feb. 19||2 p.m.||Wake Forest (H4H)||Raleigh||ESPN|
|Thursday||Feb. 23||7 p.m.||UNC-CH||Raleigh||RSN|
|Sunday||Feb. 26||2 p.m.||at Virginia||Charlottesville||ACCNE|
(ACCNE = ACC Network Extra = ESPN3)
State dropped resume-defining games it probably should have won on a few occasions last season and will have an early opportunity to prove that won't be the case in 2017. Tough start to league play, and Notre Dame and Louisville are on a tier above everybody, but with Duke and Carolina fading this is not an especially deep league.
Wes Moore's crew has a pretty good shot at improving on their 10-6 ACC record last season, and if they do, there shouldn't be any doubt about their place in the NCAAs.