I’ve had to do some work overnight for the past two nights. As such, sleep has been completely disrupted. I spent 10 minutes staring blankly at my computer before realizing I hadn’t turned it on.
So, I’ll keep this brief and possibly coherent.
Both Pitt and NC State are 1-4 in ACC play.
Pitt is injured, short-handed and light on talent. In the last three games they have gone through long spells of being completely outplayed. Pitt is yet to win an ACC road game. At this point, expectations keep sinking.
NC State is probably third in the ACC in terms of pure, raw talent. But they are poorly coached, sloppy, and piss off everybody. Not just their own fanbase, but anyone who knows anything about basketball. It is maddening to see a team this talented not have any clue how to play as a team. To play so badly for entire games.
Mark Gottfried is the living embodiment of fantastic recruiter/horrible coach. He has been trying to put on a happy face for all of his team’s struggles. At least until their last loss to Georgia Tech. Then he finally made a big show in his press conference about how upset he was.
So, with the Wolfpack at home. Their coach publicly calling them out. Their talent level. Humiliation suffered in their last couple losses. I fully expect that, like last year, Pitt will get their best effort. Just because of the timing and be beaten fully and thoroughly.
And I’ll likely watch the whole damn thing.