NC State may well be back on the top seed line once we get to the NCAAs—wild to imagine after what happened last year. The Wolfpack is a one-seed in ESPN’s most recent bracket projection, with a resume that includes two standout non-conference wins (UConn, Colorado).
State is ninth in the NET as of Wednesday morning, with a 4-2 record in Q1 games. If the resume is lacking a bit somewhere, it’s in Q1 wins, where I count 11 other teams with more of ‘em to this point. Not exactly a huge flaw, and anyway the ACC will help with that shortly: State welcomes UNC (NET 32), Louisville (23), and Virginia Tech (16) to Raleigh over the next eight days. The Wolfpack can do a lot to cement a case for a No. 1 seed with a successful home stand.
The non-conference will continue to be a standout plus in the Pack’s favor when it comes to seeding—UConn and Colorado are both projected two-seeds. State’s win over Vanderbilt, which is 17-4 and a projected nine-seed, ain’t hurting, either.