Video: Pack Talks NCAA Bid

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mark Gottfried, Richard Howell, and Scott Wood met with the media Sunday evening to discuss NC State's NCAA Tournament bid. Here are video interviews with them from the media gathering.



"I call it the greatest show on Earth. I believe that. Our guys need to feel, which I think they are, about their opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament."

"A couple of things jump out. They're very well coached. Fran Dunphy does an excellent job there. They beat Syracuse and Villanova in the nonconference."

"They've played in a tremendous league this year. You think of the A-10 you think of Butler, St. Louis and VCU. A lot of really good teams in that league. I think an elite player, an elite level, high level guy in Kalif Wyatt as a guard, 6'4" point guard, off guard. He's a terrific player. Again, a team that's very proven. They've done it all year long and they've played very well."

"You always want to be a higher seed. I don't care where you are. If you're a three seed, you want to be a two seed or a one seed. Seven seed, you want to be higher. It is what it is. This is where we are."

"I'm proud of our guys. I'm proud of the fact that our team, we're sitting here with 24 wins prior to the NCAA tournament. Back-to-back I think it's 48 wins in two years. Back to back NCAA tournaments. These guys have done a wonderful job of helping to build our program. I'm excited about that."

"I'm excited about some of the things we've accomplished here. Absolutely I wish we could have won a few more but at the same time we're anxious to go."

"I'm excited about playing. I believe we can play with anybody and beat anybody. I'm sure Temple's a very confident team too. When you get in this point in the year you're not going to find a bad basketball team. Everybody has earned the right one way or another to be in the tournament. Temple certainly has earned the right like we've earned the right. We'll see what happens."

"(On Richard Howell's health) I think he's good. We'll see. We didn't practice today, obviously. It's a day for him to rest."

"Our guys were excited. One thing that I've talked to our team about is this not last year. This is not last year. We're a different team. This team has a chance to write its own history. Last year will stand alone, by itself."

"This year, completely different circumstances. You've got to remember, last year at one point in time we were 5-7 in the league. Our backs were against the wall and we were able to win four games and get to 9-7. And then to get in the tournament and play well and do some thing and then all of the sudden we're ranked sixth in the country with basically the same group of guys that were 5-7 in the league."

"This team turned around and won 11 games in the conference, in the regular season. That's quite an accomplishment. It's an accomplishment for our guys. This is a process. We're building a program. This is a process. They're excited, certainly, about going to the greatest show on Earth."

"(On the opportunity to play Indiana) I think, to be honest, Scott's going to concentrate on the first game. If you don't, you'll find yourself on a plane ride home. We're 100 percent all of our scouting is going to be with Temple first."

"I think the ACC does a great job. I was actually surprised to see Miami as a two-seed today. To me that was a little bit of a slap in the face to our league. They're regular season champions, they're tournament champions. I think that's the first time in a long time that a team that's done that has not been a one-seed. In my opinion, they earned that."

"But I think our league is a lot better than the perception. I looked at the RPI rankings and our league was fourth, the fourth-rated league. But it seems that perception wise it was still about six, or seventh or eighth. I think the fact that we've played through this league does kind of prepare all of the teams in our conference for the tournament."



"I'm just glad to be in. That's the main thing for us, to get in the tournament, and we'll see where we go from there. I know Temple's got some really good basketball players and they've had a very successful year. We'll get our scout down and prepare for them."

"You know, I'm going to have to win this game so I can get to them. Hopefully we can take care of business and that opportunity will be there."

"I don't know a lot about them. I know they're in the A-10. They're a good team, so I'm sure coach (Bobby) Lutz, coach Gottfried and the staff will get together and see what they're all about and we'll get ready."

"I'm going to go out on a limb and say they know that I'm a pretty good shooter. It's one of those things we're you've got to go out and execute your stuff. Everybody knows what you run, they watch film on you. You just have to cut hard and set screens."

"As far as the draw's concerned I'm fine with it. I think there's obviously some games that I think we could've won that could've improved our seed. At the same time, it is what it is and you've got to play ball and the end of the day."

"I'm extremely happy where me and Rich have left this place. I know it's going to be in good hands even when we're gone with coach Gottfried and who he's bringing in. Hopefully State can still be a powerhouse."



"(On his health) I'm alright. I'm ready to start, get the tournament started. Good to see where we're going now. I'm just ready to play."

"I'm doing treatments so I'll be ready to play."

"It's a totally different feeling. It's a good feeling. Just to know that we have a lock in the tournament and seed is a good feeling. But, figuring out where you're going to play is a whole different story. We were predicted in California and all of this other stuff. But we're happy and we're just anxious to tell."

"There was no reason for anyone to sleep today. They called our name a lot quicker than last year."

"We've just got to do our homework and watch film. As soon as the thing was over coach started saying some things about them. We're going to start our homework early."

"I think that's a good thing about the tournament. Every team in the tournament is good so you can't prepare for everybody the same way."

"It is what it is. We've got to grind it out. We know what's at stake. We know this is our last go around. We're going to make it our best and go as far as we can."

"It's a great feeling, especially knowing the type of losses that we went through since we've been here. It's definitely a good feeling and I'm happy to be a part of it."

"It's a lot, just to experience us going to the Sweet 16 I think that gave a lot of people the chance to get inside of that environment. The big arenas, I won't think that'll affect us much. I think that last year definitely gives us a lot more experience."

"We just want to win the ball games. We're going to take it one game at a time. I don't want to sit here and say ‘oh we've got to make it to the Sweet 16' for our team to be a great season. We don't feel like we've had the best season but we feel like we can capitalize on it with the games that we've had. That's what we're going to do."


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