NC State will play Temple in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Friday. The at-large bid marks the second consecutive for Mark Gottfried's team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 a year ago. It is NC State's 24th trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Gottfried is now the first coach in NC State's storied basketball history, and only the third in the 60-year history of the ACC for all schools, to take his first two teams to the "Big Dance." This year's squad has already recorded a 24-10 record, its highest win total in 30 years.
"I'm obviously very excited for our team," said Gottfried. "It's a great accomplishment to be back in the NCAA Tournament in back to back years.
"I think Temple is very good. When you have wins over Syracuse and Villanova in their non-conference schedule and play the way they have in their own conference, that gets your attention real quick. Khalif Wyatt is one of the elite players in America and I have a lot of respect for Fran Dunphy, who is one of the most respected coaches in the country."
Last season, NC State also received an at-large bid as a No. 11 seed, advancing to the Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national runner-up Kansas, 60-57, in the Midwest Regional in St. Louis.
Gottfried has made 18 postseason appearances as a coach and a player, including 15 trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped lead UCLA to seven NCAA trips and an 11-6 mark in the tournament, and was an assistant coach when the Bruins captured the 1995 national championship.
For the third time in Gottfried's tenure as a head coach, he has led to a program to multiple NCAA berths. 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 NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998.
As a player at Alabama, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to three straight Sweet 16 appearances from 1985-87, posting a 6-3 record.
Game times will be announced on Monday.