NC State To Face San Diego State In The NCAA Tournament

Raleigh, N.C. - NC State will play San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus on Friday. This is the Pack's 23rd trip to the NCAA Tournament, and its first since the 2005-06 season. The Wolfpack is 32-20 overall in the Big Dance, and one of only 17 teams that have won two national titles, 1974 and again in 1983.

The Wolfpack enters with a 22-12 record under first-year head Mark Gottfried, whose inaugural win tally at NC State is second to only legendary coach Everett Case for first-year Pack mentors, who was 26-5 in the first-ever ACC campaign.

The 22 victories represent the most wins by the program since the 2005-06 season when it concluded the year with a 22-10 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Including this season, the Pack has posted 22 wins in a season just three times over the last 22 years.

NC State's wins are also the most by a rookie ACC head coach since North Carolina's Bill Guthridge was 34-4 in 1998.

Gottfried has made 17 postseason appearances as a coach and a player, including 14 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped UCLA to seven NCAA trips and a 11-6 mark in the tournament, and was an assistant coach when the Bruins captured the 1995 national championship.

In his previous head coaching stops, Gottfried led his alma mater Alabama to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2002-06), including a trip the Elite Eight in 2004. At Murray State, Gottfried guided the Racers to two NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998.

As a player at Alabama, he helped the Crimson Tide to three straight Sweet 16 appearances from 1985-87, posting a 6-3 record.

The Pack is led by sophomore forward C.J. Leslie, who is averaging 14.6 points per game (9th - ACC) and 7.5 rebounds per outing (7th - ACC). Leslie's classmate Lorenzo Brown leads the league in steals with 1.8 per game and is second in assists with 6.4 per game (12th - nationally). On the year, he has 216 assists, which is seventh best on the Pack's single season list.

Junior Scott Wood leads the conference in three point shooting percentage at .411 percent and is second in made threes per game at 2.7.

State is one of two league programs (Duke being the other) with four players ranked in the conference scoring leaders.

The Pack enter the postseason with the ACC's third most potent offense, averaging 73.4 points per game and second only to UNC (82.0 ppg) and Duke (77.5).

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
    Hopefully the Wolfpuppies, the Tarholes, and the Pukies all lose out in the first round. If I pull for anybody in the ACC, it will be Virginia (since my dad went to law school there) or Florida State (since they have never had a basketball history).
  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
  • by Cool Hand Luke on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    God I hope State loose by 30! tired of hearing there BS. Then they can get back to bragging about that stellar bowl win against Louisville. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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      by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to Cool Hand Luke
      1. Lose 2. Their 3. At least they won their bowl game.
  • by Scott on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    Who won the 91 Peach Bowl?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to Scott
      How many current recruits were alive to see it/care?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    Hopefully they will lose
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    The refs tried to give the game to NCSU by not calling that blocking foul at the end of the game and NCSU still couldnt win.
  • by Wolfgang Pack Location: Wilmington on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    N.C. State was Robbed Of their win Against UNC. What really sucks is that they kept playing the OBVIOUS Foul that could have changed it all...over and over again. Stevie Wonder could have seen that CLEAR foul by UNC. I hope the Wolfpack dominates the NCAA.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:27 AM in reply to Wolfgang Pack
      The refs tried to give state the game on a silver platter by not calling that block at the end and state still couldnt get the job done...dominate the NCAA, bahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Pack Man Location: Knightdale on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:58 PM
    I do have the Pack beating San Diego State and Georgetown and certainly am more than thrilled that they made it to the big dance. That saying, Kansas will be too much for N.C. State or UNC and I have them in the national championship game against Michigan State, but for Michigan State to win the whole thing. Michigan State has everything you could ask for. That saying, GO PACK!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to Pack Man
      Is this the same Michigan State that UNC beat easliy in the beginning of the season? But you think they are too much for UNC? Back to the kitchin with the rest of the girls and bring me a beer
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      by Pack Man on Mar 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM in reply to Pack Man
      This Michigan State team is way better than the Michigan State team earlier in the year when they were on that aircraft carrier. You are the one who needs to get back in the kitchen with the rest of the girls and bring me a beer.
  • by Loss on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    NC State one and done, never should have made the tournament!
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      by Pack Man on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM in reply to Loss
      How about you shut up and deal with it. N.C. State will win at least 2 games in the NCAA tournament.
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      by Duke Fan for Life on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:25 AM in reply to Loss
      Not only should NCState be in the big dance, they should have been playing Florida State instead of the Tarbabies. They were robbed of their chance to play for the championship. Florida State won their way in fair and square.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM in reply to Duke Fan for Life
        Duke was robbed too, right? Yes, robbed by UNC, AGAIN!!!
  • by pack girl on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    come on state play like you did against unc, maybe this time the refs will call the foul by the way great job to all the who played against unc and yes howell that should have been a foul and no cj leslie your last foul was definately not a foul, thats alrite FSU won!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to pack girl
      The refs tried to give state the game by not calling the blocking foul at the end of the game and they still lost, nice try though
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        by Enc on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to
        Anon.: Something about your comment just doesn't make since in view of the fact the refs did NOT try to give State the game. I believe there were a few no-calls on the heels that got the favor. They [heels] needed the additional 3 men playing with them.

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