N.C. State announced their non-conference schedule on Thursday, and while there are a number of good teams on the schedule, the Wolfpack won’t have a chance to grab a marquee win until ACC play starts.
That’s not to say their schedule is poor. Hofstra might be the best team in the CAA. Wofford is the favorite to win the Big South. Richmond and Boise State are both going to finish in the top half of the Atlantic 10 and Mountain West, respectively. Louisiana Tech might actually be the best team on their non-conference schedule when it is all said and done.
The biggest issue for N.C. State is that the toughest teams on their schedule are all looking at a bit of a down year. Purdue, Tennessee, West Virginia and Cincinnati could all end up in the NIT this season.
Anyway, here is the full schedule:
- 11/14 Jackson State
- 11/17 Hofstra
- 11/20 Jacksonville
- 11/23 South Florida
- 11/26 Richmond
- 11/28 Boise State
- 12/2 at Purdue
- 12/6 Wake Forest
- 12/12 Charleston Southern (Reynolds Coliseum)
- 12/14 Wofford (Reynolds Coliseum)
- 12/17 Tennessee
- 12/20 vs. West Virginia (New York, N.Y.)
- 12/23 Louisiana Tech
- 12/30 Cincinnati
Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.
Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.
Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.
South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.
They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.