NC State’s women’s basketball team finished the regular season with a 12-4 ACC record after beating Virginia on Sunday afternoon. Prior to that, they beat UNC by a lot of points, avenging a fluke defeat in Chapel Hill.
Funny thing about this basketball season for the Pack—they’ve beaten all of the teams above them in the league standings and endured losses at UNC (UNC is real bad now) and at home to Wake Forest (Wake is also not real good). State handed ACC regular season champion Notre Dame its only league loss and will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC tourney this week.
But State also balanced out the universe last week by clubbing the hell out of the Tar Heels in Raleigh. NC State probably has some work to do in order to host for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament (that is, earn a four-seed or better in the NCAAs), but they are not far off.
So that’s the thing to watch as the ACC tournament progresses this week. NC State is in the NCAAs without a doubt; the question is how much they need to do in order to secure a spot in the top 16 and therefore play at home the first weekend. By earning the No. 4 seed in the conference tourney, State has already earned a double bye in the conference tournament.
That’ll create good opportunity, and I’m guessing the Pack needs at least one win in the league tournament to get back onto that four-line. Anyway, here’s the Pack beating Carolina by a lot: