How sweet it is for NC State
Posted March 18, 2012
The NC State players and staff can't help but smile. There's been a different energy here in Columbus for this Wolfpack team, they seemed relaxed yet focused and absolutely determined to win. And they did.
Most people counted Friday's game as a win for the NC State team, saying that San Diego State was an overrated No. 6 seed, but for a team that barely made it into the NCAA tournament to begin with no game should be counted as a win.
It's been a tough season for NC State and their fans with several close games not falling in their favor but it's paid off and now the Wolfpack is heading to the Sweet 16. Something the players and the fans alike never expected coming into the season.
Athletic Director Debbie Yow beamed after State's win over Georgetown, she admitted she wasn't a coach but knew the win was an upset over a very good Georgetown team. Yow found C.J. Leslie in the tunnel and grabbed him for a hug and to tell him how proud she was of him and the team.
The exchange between the two could make anyone happy for the team. It's been a roller coaster for Wolfpack fans, a few hard years under Sidney Lowe, a new Athletic Director, a new head basketball coach and no garruantee that things would look up.
But now Wolfpack nation can celebrate more than they expected to and head coach Mark Gottfried is encouraging it.
"I just hope they keep celebrating, it's all good," Gottfried said with a huge smile on his way out Sunday.