When Charles Dickens penned the classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” he alluded to “the best of times, the worst of times.” That literary double could be applied to the plight of North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball this very moment.
Coach Mark Gottfried saw immediate national success last season with a Sweet 16 appearance, then the Pack was picked in most publications to win the ACC this season. They started out 14-2 with a resounding win over Duke to add to that mix.
Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried has seen his squad lose four ACC games by a total of seven points. (NC State Athletic Media Relations)
However at Maryland in mid-January Alex Len tipped in a Pe-shon Howard miss with 0.9 second left and the Wolfpack began a consistent pattern of nightmarish close losses with that 51-50 loss in College Park.
Nearly a week later at Wake Forest, NCSU had a 16-point first half lead as the Deacons had no answers for the more talented Wolfpack squad. However, out of halftime, Wake erased a 4...