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25. NC State Wolfpack (-5 / 20)
It's hard to get an idea of where we should rank the NC State men.
The Wolfpack placed 4th at the Joe Piane Invitational, losing to Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama -- three teams that are all listed in our top-25. And while there is certainly no issue losing to squads as strong as that, this Raleigh-based program was only three points ahead of a Michigan State team that was without Riley Hough and CarLee Stimpfel.
The good news is that I think this team can be significantly better moving forward. Ian Harrison is so much stronger than what he showed on Friday and Hannes Burger has proven to be at his best in the postseason.