NC State is headed to the Bahamas to play in the Pink Flamingo Championship over Thanksgiving, which is a pretty good vacation idea if you ask me. It’s a star-studded event, too.
The Wolfpack will face Maryland—definitely a preseason top-10 team—on Thanksgiving day, and will play Washington State two days later. Indiana and Stanford are also participating; the Hoosiers reached the Elite Eight last season, though I totally forget how, and Stanford won the title.
It’s not a tournament (there are only seven teams involved) but rather just a showcase for these teams to pick up some good non-conference games. The Wolfpack is trying to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs for the second straight year, and beating Maryland early would go a long way in helping it do that.
NC State also will host South Carolina this season, and I’m assuming there will be a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game announced at some point. Should be a strong schedule.