"Our scheduling is going to be very challenging for us this season," said head coach Sidney Lowe. "I think we have some very tough non-conference games including a hard road schedule, and once again the ACC is going to be one of the top conferences."
NC State will open its 2008-09 campaign on November 15 with a trip to New Orleans. The Pack will be opening its season on the road for the first time since the 1997-98 season when NC State faced Georgia in New Jersey, and the Pack will open a season on an opponent's home court for the first time since a trip to Florida International in 1990-91.
The Pack's non-conference schedule also features three contests against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, two on the road and one at home. NC State will return to Bobcat Arena in Charlotte on December 6, when the Pack faces last year's NCAA Elite Eight participant Davidson. The Pack will also travel to Gainesville on January 3, and face Florida in its final tune-up before ACC play begins. NC State will host Big East member Marquette on December 22, its final game before a week-long Christmas break.
For the first time since moving into the RBC Center in 1999-2000, NC State will play multiple regular season games in Reynolds Coliseum. The High Point (Nov. 22) and Winston-Salem State (Dec. 13) games will both be held in the former home of the Wolfpack.
NC State will also be playing two exhibition contests, this year both will be in Reynolds Coliseum. The first will be against Fort Valley State on November 6, then on November 11 against Catawba College.
"I think the fans will love the opportunity to see our team in Reynolds Coliseum this season," said Lowe. "Our players have always loved playing in that atmosphere, and I'm glad it will give the students the chance to just walk over from their dorms and be part of that environment."
In all, the Pack's 2008-09 season features 18 regular season home dates.
NC State's ACC season will start with a trip to Clemson on January 10. The Pack will be facing Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami North Carolina and Wake both home and away this season. In other ACC games, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia will all be visiting the RBC Center, while the Pack will be at Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech.
The ACC Tournament returns to Atlanta's Georgia Dome for only the second time in the history of the league, the only other time was for the 2001 season, and will be played this year from March 12-15.
Fans will have the chance to see the Wolfpack for the first time on October 25, with a game time to be determined.
NC State's Complete 2008-09 Schedule (Times and TV options are subject to change)
* - Games to be played in Reynolds Coliseum