Three Points from N.C. State's 79-72 loss at Michigan on Tuesday:
1) Better but not good enough
N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried and some of the players were encouraged by the moral value of Tuesday's loss. Compared to the effort in a loss to Oklahoma State and a even win over UNC-Asheville, there's some validity to that interpretation.
"I think they are a legitimate top 3, top 5 team in the country," Gottfried said after the game. "Our team is not that far off."
And senior guard Scott Wood theorized, "If they are the third-best team, I think we'll be all right."