Appalachian and NC State have a couple of common opponents. The most recognizable common foe is most likely Appalachian’s last opponent, UNC-Wilmington. NC State defeated the Seahawks by nineteen points at home back in November, while the Mountaineers just defeated UNCW by six on the road. Appalachian and NC State also faced Virginia, who the Mountaineers lost to by 32 points in their first game of the season while NC State fell by 8 points at home to the Cavaliers. North Carolina State also defeated Longwood by 29 points at home while the Mountaineers defeated the Lancers by 10 points. Although NC State has a lower RPI than Appalachian at 88, they play in a much tougher conference with opponents such as Maryland, Duke, Georgia Tech and Miami (FL).