After top-ranked Stanford lost to Colorado on Sunday, everybody else in the top five moved up. For NC State, that means a No. 2 ranking for the first time since 1990. Louisville ascended to No. 1, giving the ACC the top two teams in the country.
The Cardinals received 20 first-place votes, while NC State received five. UConn, South Carolina, and Stanford round out the new top five. The Wolfpack’s win over the Gamecocks remains the best resume win of any school in this group.
The Pack is due a shot at the Cardinals on Feb. 1, and if those two teams were still 1-2, that’d be pretty exciting! But State has three games to play (we hope) prior to then, including a pair of road games, beginning with a trip to FSU on Thursday night.
The matchup later this season with Louisville could also determine which school gets a top seed in the NCAA tournament. NC State is a one-seed and Louisville is a two in ESPN’s latest bracketology.