Team preview: North Carolina State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 6, 2003, 10:52 AM ET
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Sometimes, it's hard not to feel bad for North Carolina State coach Herb Sendek.

Playing in the shadow of the near-annual trips to the Final Four made by Duke and (until recently) North Carolina, Sendek has tried to get the Wolfpack-the other ACC school with at least two national championships-back among the national elite, as it was during the heydays of David Thompson, Tommy Burleson and Jim Valvano.