"In the four years before Sendek arrived, N.C. State finished last in the ACC three times, and next-to-last the other season. With one exception, the Wolfpack have equaled or increased their ACC victory total in each of Sendek's eight seasons, going from three league wins in Les Robinson's final season in 1995-96 to four wins to five to six, six, five, nine, nine and finally 11 ACC wins this past season.
While Duke remains the ACC's clear No. 1 program, N.C. State is on roughly even footing with the league's next tier that includes 2002 national champion Maryland, 2004 NCAA runner-up Georgia Tech, vastly improved Wake Forest and rebuilding North Carolina.
N.C. State isn't going anywhere, either. Its run of three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, after an 11-year absence, is no fluke. With Sendek recruiting long, versatile players like Brackman, Fells and incoming 6-10 freshman Cedric Simmons for his position-less system, the Wolfpack will get better as they master a Princetonian system that had never been run, until now, with these kinds of athletes."