North Carolina State University has released the NC State non-conference mens basketball schedule. They have also announced their first conference home game. That game will be an early meeting with Wake Forest on December 6.
Highlights of the schedule include games against the Richmond Spiders, Purdue Boilermakers, West Virginia Mountaineers, Tennessee Volunteers, and Cincinnati Bearcats. Most of State’s nonconference games will be home games this year. They will also play West Virginia at a neutral site, Madison Square Garden, for the Gotham Classic.
Here is State’s schedule here (all games at PNC Arena if not otherwise noted):
11/8 – Exhibition Game
This is how the State information desk referred to this game. There is only one of them, which suggests State has scheduled a ‘secret scrimmage.’ One of those secret scrimmage partners in the past was East Carolina.
11/14- Jackson State
This HBCU’s most famous sports alumnus was Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton. In basketball they produced former NBA guard Lindsey Hunter. Neither will be suiting up on 11/14.
11/23- South Florida
The Spiders were one of a series of good Atlantic 10 teams last year and have always offered a challenge to the big schools when they play. This is the closest thing to an early season test that State has. We might learn a fair amount about State’s season from this game.
11/28- Boise State
This game is in Raleigh, so no fear of the blue turf or high altitude. Wait, basketball? Boise has actually been decent in bball the last few years, but is no Richmond Spiders.
12/2- AT Purdue
A battle of the big state engineering schools in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. Both schools have been retooling lately, although State had the better season last year. This is State’s only true road game, and the only way to gauge how they will handle road conditions before the ACC season.
12/6- Wake Forest (ACC)
The random early conference game. Sort of an odd ball on the schedule. Hopefully State will remember that this game is a bit more important than Purdue or Charleston Southern.
12/12- Charleston Southern (Reynolds Coliseum)
12/14- Wofford (Reynolds Coliseum)
After the transitions at Tennessee, no one is really sure what Vols team will show up. They had players leave for the draft and their coach leave for California-Berkeley. Not to mention their old coach Bruce Pearl is now at Auburn where they will have to face him. Hopefully this will be a good game by two teams generally believed to have snuck into the NCAA Tournament last year.
12/20- West Virginia (Madison Square Garden)
This is the Gotham Classic. State will face a WVU team in its second year of Big 12 basketball.
12/23- Louisiana Tech
The last test before big time conference play will be the Bearcats under Coach Mick Cronin. From here on out it will be one or another of the members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.