ACC Tournament

Pack seeks revenge against Terps in ACC Tournament

Posted March 12, 2009

— The N.C. State Wolfpack will be looking for a little revenge when they take on the Maryland Terrapins in the opening round of the ACC men's basketball championship Thursday night.

The bad feelings began at the Pack's last meeting with Maryland, a 71-60 loss at home on March 1. Along with scoring 33 points, Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez talked enough trash to make N.C. State guard Javi Gonzalez say he'd like to punch Vasquez in the mouth.

"When they stay that stuff about me, it just gets me fired up and motivates me to kill them," Vasquez said.

Vasquez taunted Wolfpack fans in the final seconds of the game. Even though Maryland held an 8-point lead, he buried a 3-pointer just to rub it in.

"That's still in the back of my mind now. I think that was disrespectful," N.C. State forward Courtney Fells said.

"He really didn't have to do it, but I guess you do it your way. Do what you can to get the crowd mad at you," Wolfpack forward Tracy Smith said.

Vasquez shrugs off the criticism, while other Maryland players say they expect to feel some heat from the exchange during Thursday's game.

"It's a basketball game. (I'm) not trying to be a jerk," Vasquez said.

"When it (the 3-pointer) went in, the fans were irritated, and I think N.C. State has that in the back of their mind, that he did that on their court," Maryland center Dave Neal said.

The regular-season loss to Maryland also gives N.C. State more reason to come out fighting Thursday: The loss ended the Pack's hope of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, and now their only path there lies in winning the ACC championship.

Pack players say they're up to the challenge.

"I've got a good feeling about this one," N.C. State center Ben McCauley said. "The mood in the locker room, the way the guys are talking – they're just excited to be here."

"We've got a different attitude this time – (we're) going to win. (I) definitely don't want this to be my last game," Fells, a senior, said.

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  • Gunnstigator Mar 12, 5:45 p.m.

    It's almost dinner time and I have Turtle Soup on the menu. Go Pack!!!!!! Do your talking on the court. You know you can do it!

  • gcfarms Mar 12, 4:42 p.m.

    Maryland is probably the biggest bunch of thugs ever!! It would totally make my day if State kicked them like a redheaded stepchild.

  • StaggerLee Mar 12, 4:21 p.m.

    That is funny. Well put Uzzle...good luck in the game.

  • uzzle81 Mar 12, 4:10 p.m.

    Acsoccer87, I totally agree. This has really just gotten to be more fun antagonizing eachother than anything else. Go ahead and call someone you will never meet an *ss HOLE and I promise you will feel so liberated that you cannot stand it.

  • acsoccer87 Mar 12, 4:01 p.m.

    These posts are getting ridiculous. I really don't believe that anyone of my NC State brethren actually want Vasquez hurt or bloodied or any of that. It would do some people good to not take things so literally. If you read the actual article we are commenting on, it's whole mood and flow consists of revenge and payback. That's not to say NCSU wants to go and kill somebody (Even though Vasquez exact words were that he's going to try and "kill" us tonight). It all translates into the hope that NCSU will be playing hard and remember how Vasquez disrespected us on our home court.

  • kkevin7048 Mar 12, 4:01 p.m.

    We learned our ABC in school and it means "Anybody But CAROLINA" !!

  • uzzle81 Mar 12, 3:40 p.m.

    Yes I have heard the song before too. I double check myself to make sure I know what I am talking about so I don't sound so ignorant. It's all for fun. Now get your mommy to change your diaper so you can roll back over and finish your nap.

  • alx Mar 12, 3:39 p.m.

    State will destroy Maryland because they are the best team in the ACC!!

  • uzzle81 Mar 12, 3:38 p.m.

    Psycho T needed to get hit in the nose. He would be much more beneficial as a football player as rough as he is. He just puts his head down, takes somewhere between 7 and 10 steps and runs up the lane. To his credit, he has developed a jumpshot (that still needs work) but he is so rough.

  • StaggerLee Mar 12, 3:35 p.m.

    Uzzle how did a post about beating up basketball players get to this? But think about it. Do you think I pulled the name out of the air?? Made it up? No, I knew exactly where it came from and what it is about...you dumb$ss. I don't need to look it up....you obviously did. If you must know, I first heard the song in 1983...the song itself explains who StaggerLee is. I'm just using it for fun, don't take it so literally.

    Now seriously, get out of your parent's basement and go beat up a basketball player.

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