Erin Summers

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.



5 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • The Gooch Mar 19, 2012

    To add to the 'sweetness and light,' I'd like to post a few comments from HoyaTalk.com.

    "Looks like NC State was 0-8 this year against ranked opponents. We should handle these guys." -- Great enthusiasm
    "Oh my God. Just listening to ESPN and one of the commentators (don't know who he is) said something about this being a game that NC State can win. These guys just can't stop themselves. Fine. Let's show them again." -- sure showed us
    "Let's shut down CJ Leslie. Lets enjoy this and take it one game at a time." -- hope you enjoyed it, 1 game is all you had left
    "The Hoyas will beat NCSt tomorrow. State has not faced a team with our length on the perimeter. Brown, Howell and Wood will not be able to get the looks that they normally are able to get." -- bahaha
    "NC State has no weapons that should cause us concern provided we guard that white kid. The rest of the team are 6th men. This is certainly a winnable game.." -- this was actually DURING the game. pfffff
    "Welcome to big east play!" -- also DURING the game, hahahahahaaaaaaa
    "These NC State guys think they are actually making progress against the Georgetown team-the one with Sims on the roster. LOL" -- L.O.L. indeed "Ugh. ugh. ugh. Time to make adjustments." -- You think? "We're in trouble. Huge trouble." -- Yurp "they're making everything" -- uh huh "Clark got a good look too. Ugh. At least we didn t lose in the first round, right???" -- there's that famous Georgetown optimism!! ahahahahaaaaa

  • blpack90 Mar 18, 2012

    Thanks, Erin. Now the Pack is on to St Louis.

  • shakennotstirred Mar 18, 2012

    View quoted thread


    in their brackets

  • ncwebguy Mar 18, 2012

    I 'garruantee' some Carolina fans don't count wins as wins.

    If ACC refs were calling that game, it would not be a win, so can it *really* count?

    Did 'most' people count Friday's game as a loss for Duke too?

  • EliteOne Mar 18, 2012

    ? ? ?

  • Tennis: French Open

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Senior PGA Championship

    Saturday at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Track: Prefontaine Classic

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • F1 at Monaco

    Sunday at 7:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • Tennis: French Open

    Sunday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Senior PGA Championship

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Tennis: French Open

    Monday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Stanley Cup: Teams TBD

    Monday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: No. 5 NC State vs. No. 4 Florida St.

    Today at 11:00 am on 1550 The Ticket

  • NBA: Toronto at Cleveland

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: No. 5 NC State vs. No. 1 Miami

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

Byron Nelson (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1S. Garcia - z-15F
2B. Koepka - y-15F
3M. Kuchar-14F
4tC. Knost-13F
4tR. Garrigus-13F
4tC. Howell III-13F
4tS. Levin-13F
4tT. Wilkinson-13F
4tB. Cauley-13F
10tJ. Hicks-12F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
ATP Scoreboard
Tuesday, May 24
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
(20) B. Tomic6 6 6   
B. Baker3 4 4   
B. Coric6 6 6   
T. Fritz3 1 3   
V. Estrella B7 6 6   
I. Marchenko5 4 3   
M. Jaziri6 3 6 6  
F. Mayer4 6 1 2  
A. Bedene4 6 6 6  
G. Melzer6 3 4 4  
(7) T. Berdych6 6 6   
V. Pospisil3 2 1   
(31) F. Delbonis63 77 4 4  
P. Carreno Bu77 64 6 6  
(13) D. Thiem3 6 7 6  
I. Cervantes6 2 5 1  
M. Ilhan3 4 0   
S. Darcis6 6 6   
F. Bagnis6 6 77   
K. De Scheppe0 2 62   
(21) F. Lopez6 6 3 6  
T. Fabbiano4 4 6 2  
(4) R. Nadal6 6 6   
S. Groth1 1 1   
(1) N. Djokovic6 6 6   
Y. Lu4 1 1   
T. de Bakker4 4 7 63  
G. Garcia-Lop6 6 5 77  
(26) J. Sousa2 710 6 7  
D. Dzumhur6 68 4 5  
(24) P. Kohlschrei7 2 2 4  
N. Almagro5 6 6 6  
G. Muller5 4 1   
M. Baghdatis7 6 6   
N. Mahut77 6 6   
R. Berankis64 2 1   
P. Mathieu6 62 6 1 6 
S. Giraldo4 77 4 6 3 
(32) F. Fognini5 4 3   
M. Granollers7 6 6   
A. Seppi3 5 4   
E. Gulbis6 7 6   
(6) J. Tsonga6 6 6   
J. Struff3 4 4   
(14) R. Bautista A6 6 6   
D. Tursunov3 3 1   
R. Ram4 4 77 0  
J. Vesely6 6 65 6  
(12) D. Goffin6 6 6   
G. Barrere3 3 4   
P. Lorenzi3 0 2   
C. Berlocq6 6 6   
(11) D. Ferrer6 6 6   
E. Donskoy1 2 0   
D. Istomin6 4 3 5  
J. Monaco3 6 6 7  
(18) K. Anderson4 2 6 5  
S. Robert6 6 1 7  
A. Zverev5 6 78 0  
P. Herbert7 2 66 0  
 
WTA Scoreboard
Tuesday, May 24
(ATP/WTA)
First Round
S. Crawford4 0    
T. Babos6 6    
(3) A. Kerber2 6 3   
K. Bertens6 3 6   
L. Siegemund2 2    
E. Bouchard6 6    
(26) K. Mladenovic6 6    
F. Schiavone2 4    
(8) T. Bacsinszky6 6    
S. Soler-Espi3 1    
L. Davis2 6 6   
L. Chirico6 2 8   
(29) D. Kasatkina6 4 6   
A. Friedsam1 6 3   
A. Lim3 2    
C. Giorgi6 6    
(9) V. Williams77 77    
A. Kontaveit65 64    
I. Soylu6 1 0   
V. Razzano4 6 6   
D. Gavrilova7 4 4   
M. Duque-Mari5 6 6   
(5) V. Azarenka3 78 0   
K. Knapp6 66 4   
(15) M. Keys6 6    
D. Vekic3 2    
A. Sevastova6 6    
S. Vickery2 2    
I. Falconi6 0 6   
M. Barthel4 6 2   
(20) J. Konta2 3    
J. Goerges6 6    
M. Puig7 6    
O. Govortsova5 3    
(31) M. Niculescu2 62    
P. Parmentier6 77    
T. Pereira7 3 9   
K. Pliskova5 6 7   
(28) A. Petkovic6 6    
L. Robson2 2    
(1) S. Williams6 6    
M. Rybarikova2 0    
Y. Putintseva6 6    
A. Wozniak1 1