With another win over Wake Forest on Sunday, N.C. State’s Sidney Lowe evened his record for the season at 2-2 against the ACC’s first-year coaches.
Lowe, in his fifth season, lost earlier on the road to Boston College’s Steve Donahue (75-66, Jan. 11) and Clemson’s Brad Brownell (60-50, Jan. 25).
Lowe’s mark against the league’s newcomers is something that will become part of the conversation this week and in the remaining few games.
Lowe gets his return shot at Brownell’s Tigers (17-8 overall, 6-5 ACC) on Thursday (7 p.m.) in the RBC Center. There’s not a second regular-season game against Donahue and Boston College.
But State’s trip to Virginia (12-12, 3-7) on March 1 falls into the same general category.
Last season, Tony Bennett’s first at Virginia, ended with a 5-11 league record, but two of the five wins were against State — 70-62 in Raleigh and 59-47 at Virginia in the Pack’s worst offensive performance of 2009-10.
Against the foursome — Brownell, Donahue, Wake’s Jeff Bzdelik and Bennett — Lowe is 2-4.
It’s understandable that State fans expect more from a coach in his fourth and fifth seasons, which just underscores the need for a win Thursday against Brownell.
Losses to the league’s big three — Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, UNC’s Roy Williams and Maryland’s Gary Williams — are explicable if not acceptable for most fans.
But the last thing Lowe needs at this point in the journey are additional losses to Brownell and Bennett.