Can State Make A Run?

For a fifth consecutive season, North Carolina State will enter the ACC tournament as a double-digit seed.

That was assured when the Wolfpack fell into a tie for 10th place with Georgia Tech by losing 72-62 loss at home to Florida State on March 6.

Both N.C. State and Georgia Tech finished with 5-11 conference records, and the No. 10 seed went to the Wolfpack because of its win over the Yellow Jackets in their only regular-season meeting.

Had the Wolfpack beaten the Seminoles, N.C. State would have finished tied with Miami and gotten the ninth seed in the 12-team field.

It didn't happen that way because after pulling even with the Seminoles at 50-50 midway through the second half, the 'Pack fell back 65-58 with just over three minutes remaining when the 'Noles scored on six consecutive possessions.

The 'Pack could get no closer than five minutes in the remaining time.

-- As the 10th seed, North Carolina State will take on seventh-seeded Maryland in the first round of the ACC tournament. The winner of the March 10 game will face Duke in the quarterfinals the next evening.

-- N.C. State dropped to 15-15 overall with the loss to Florida State. The Wolfpack finished the regular season with an 11-5 record at home, including 4-4 in the conference. The 5-11 ACC mark is the same as last year's record.

-- N.C. State has won five games in the ACC tourney in the last four years, three in reaching the title game of the event in 2007 and two in reaching the semifinals in 2010. The 'Pack was one-and-done in 2008 and 2009.

BY THE NUMBERS: 25-55 -- Coach Sidney Lowe's conference record in six seasons at N.C. State.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had a group in the game that was doing the right things and playing the right defense. We made some substitutions and put some people back in there, and right away we made a mistake and they got a layup. We didn't play defensively like we did with the group that made the comeback." -- Coach Sidney Lowe, assessing the loss to Florida State in the regular-season finale.

--vs. Maryland, ACC tournament first round, Greensboro, N.C., March 10.
Sophomore F Jordan Williams and freshman G Terrell Stoglin had big games for the Terps in the only regular-season meeting with N.C. State, scoring 26 and 25 points, respectively. The 'Pack got 52 points combined from three players (F Tracy Smith, F C.J. Leslie, and G Scott Wood), but the rest of the 'Pack players, all seven of them, combined for only 28 points as Maryland won 87-80.

FUTURES MARKET: Freshman G Ryan Harrow continues to struggle since coming back from an illness that sidelined him for two outings. He was only 2-for-6 overall (1-for-3 on 3-pointers) in the loss to Florida State, making him 15-for-49 (30.6 percent) overall and 2-for-13 on 3-pointers over an eight-game stretch. He scored in double figures once -- 10 points against Georgia Tech-- in that stretch.

-- Senior F Tracy Smith closed out his final regular-season home game as a collegian with just eight points and six rebounds against Florida State. It ended his streak of double-figure performances at six.

-- Freshman F C.J. Leslie was the only Wolfpack player in double figures in scoring against the Seminoles. He had 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He had scored only 10 points combined in the previous two games.

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