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5 Reasons Why NC State Doesn’t Belong in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why NC State Doesn’t Belong in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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There were plenty of snubs in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, and NC State should have been one of them. The Wolfpack are coming into the first round with 13 losses, more than enough to keep them out of the tournament and use the No. 12 seed for a team that deserves it.

5. Basketball Power Index

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5. Basketball Power Index

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Compared to a team which was snubbed, SMU, NC State had a worse BPI. The Mustangs were ranked 33rd in ESPN's BPI and the Wolfpack were 66th. The ranking in the BPI was worse than Green Bay, LSU and West Virginia.

4. Conference Standing

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4. Conference Standing

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Although NC State got a big upset win against Syracuse in the conference tournament, the Wolfpack still finished with a 9-9 record in the ACC and lost to Duke in the tournament semifinal. For a team that only finished in the semis, the Wolfpack cannot compete with some of the top teams in the big dance.

3. Losses vs. Ranked Opponents

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3. Record vs. Ranked Opponents

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The Wolfpack went 1-4 against opponents who were in the Top 25 during the season, although all of those teams were in the ACC. The fact that NC State could barely compete against the nation's top teams is bit concerning as to why the committee selected them this year.

2. Record vs. Teams In Tournament

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2. Record vs. Teams In Tournament

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NC State has nine losses against the teams that were selected into to the tournament this year. Their three wins came against Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. A bad loss to North Carolina Central in the beginning of the season should not be overlooked.

1. Double-Digit Losses

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1. Double-Digit Losses

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It is tough to see teams with a losing record and double-digit losses make the tournament. NC State does not represent one of the best 68 teams in the nation.