This week in sports: Feb. 13-19

Thursday, Feb. 13

8 p.m. No. 4 Women’s basketball vs. No. 9 Louisville (Reynolds Coliseum)

In this top-10 matchup, the women’s basketball team will face its greatest challenge yet this season, hosting the Louisville Cardinals. The Wolfpack will look to keep its top spot in the ACC and continue its winning streak.

The Cardinals are on a two-game skid, losing to No. 13 Florida State and unranked Syracuse, but the Cardinals are still the second-best team in the ACC and a win here could solidify the Pack’s case to be a one seed come March.

Friday, Feb. 14

3 p.m. Baseball vs. James Madison (Doak Field at Dail Park)

The first game of baseball’s season will see junior Nick Swiney start on the mound for the Pack. The Wolfpack is currently ranked No. 16 entering the season, and the Pack’s opponent, James Madison, failed to make the tournament last season. With exciting players like sophomore Tyler McDonough, junior Patrick Bailey and company taking the field for the first time in 2020, this weekend’s series is a can’t miss for Pack9 fans.

4 p.m. Softball vs. Ohio State (Dail Softball Stadium)

The Wolfpack returns home following the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 2-3 record after facing three ranked opponents and a fourth that was receiving votes in the poll. The Pack has a number of electric returning players like senior Bridgette Nordberg, junior Sam Russ and a group of fresh faces, including senior transfer Tatyana Forbes, who look ready to rock Dail Softball Stadium.

This weekend’s games are all part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge with the Pack facing off against Ohio State first and then Illinois. 

7 p.m. No. 3 Wrestling vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech (Reynolds Coliseum)

After an exciting home win against rival and top-10 ranked UNC-Chapel Hill, wrestling will face yet another top-10 team and continue its battle for the top spot in the ACC. This match will feature four ranked matchups, including a top-five matchup as No. 3 redshirt freshman Trent Hidlay will take on No. 2 Hunter Bolen in the 184-pound bout.

Saturday, Feb. 15

12:30 p.m. Softball vs. Ohio State (Dail Softball Stadium)

2 p.m. Baseball vs. James Madison (Doak Field at Dail Park)

4 p.m. Gymnastics vs. UNC-Chapel Hill/New Hampshire (Reynolds Coliseum)

In this tri-meet, gymnastics will host UNC-Chapel Hill and New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. It will be the first time gymnastics has taken on New Hampshire this season but the third time it has faced UNC, beating UNC earlier this month in a dual meet.

5:30 p.m. Softball vs. Illinois (Dail Softball Stadium)

Sunday, Feb. 16

12:30 p.m. Softball vs. Illinois (Dail Softball Stadium)

1 p.m. Baseball vs. James Madison (Doak Field at Dail Park)

2 p.m. Women’s basketball vs. Georgia Tech (Reynolds Coliseum)

In this sold-out game, women’s basketball will face Georgia Tech at home after a huge game Thursday against Louisville. Top-ten ranked NC State will look to continue its winning streak in the ACC and hold firm its top spot.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

3 p.m. Baseball vs. Longwood (Doak Field at Dail Park)

After a game-heavy weekend, baseball will return to Doak Field to take on Longwood as it continues its start to the season. Longwood is coming off of an abysmal 2019, where it went 11-41. While the Pack is facing JMU over the weekend, Longwood will be taking on Purdue Fort Wayne.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

4 p.m. Softball vs. Elon (Dail Softball Stadium)

Softball will take on Elon Wednesday afternoon at home, after wrapping up the ACC/Big 10 Challenge this weekend. Elon went 33-20-1 last season and will be coming off of a busy weekend with the Elon Softball Phoenix Invitational. The Phoenix has started the season 3-1.

9 p.m. Men’s basketball vs. No. 7 Duke (PNC Arena)

Men’s basketball will face off against the top-10 Blue Devils at PNC Arena in its first home game in over two weeks. With Duke currently sitting second in the ACC and blowing through its opponents, this match is likely to be a difficult game for the Wolfpack.