RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State started last season ranked in the top-10 in the preseason and a consensus pick to win the ACC. Neither of those things happened and the Wolfpack ended up exiting the NCAA Tournament a round earlier than in 2012 when Mark Gottfried's program went to the Sweet 16 with nearly the same roster.
But the base of those two teams -- both the pleasantly surprising 2012 Wolfpack and the up-and-down 2013 team -- is gone.
The 2013-14 Wolfpack will be starting over again, returning just 21.8 percent of last years minutes, 21.1 percent of the scoring and 16.3 percent of the rebounds.
Through a mix of transfers, freshmen and veterans that all need to prove themselves, N.C. State will try to get to a third straight NCAA Tournament under Gottfried. Oh, and it will somehow replace the production of those departed players with six freshmen, a junior college transfer, two D-I transfers and four walk-ons.
Try to make a highlight film of the returning players, its three g...