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    NC State in the ACC Tournament: NC State has played 108 games all-time in the 57 years of the ACC Tournament, and currently holds an all-time mark of 62-46 (.574) in the event, which dates back to 1954. The Pack is the third-winngest team in tournament history (behind North Carolina and Duke), and also ranks third in tournament titles with 10.

    The Pack as the 11th Seed: This year marks the first season that NC State is the 11th seeded team at the ACC Tournament. NC State won its first game played as an 11th seed on Thursday, 59-57 over No. 6 seed Clemson.

    The Pack Versus the 3rd Seed: NC State currently holds a record of 10-6 against the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, after winning eight of the first nine such games. This will be the 12th time that the Pack comes in as the lower seed, with a record of 7-4.

    The Pack is also 3-3 all-time against the No. 3 seed in Greensboro.

    The last time NC State faced the No. 3 seed was during its ACC Tournament finals run back in 2007, when it beat third seeded Virginia Tech 72-64 in Tampa.

    The Pack in Quarterfinal Round Action: NC State will be playing in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the 50th time, which is the most games it has played in any round of the tournament. The Pack is currently 29-20 in quarterfinal action.

    The last time the Wolfpack was in the quarterfinal round was in 2007, when it beat No. 2 Virginia on the way to is ACC Tournament final run in Sidney Lowe’s first season.

    The Pack in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro: The ACC Tournament is being played in Greensboro for the 22nd time, and the Pack curently holds a record of 20-19 in those games. The Pack won the ACC Championship in Greensboro in both 1973 and 1974.

    The ACC Tournament is being played in Greensboro for the fourth time since 2003. The Pack has gone 4-3 in those last four trips to Greensboro, including an ACC Tournament finals appearance in 2003.

    Head coach Sidney Lowe is coaching in his first ACC Tournament in Greensboro, but as a player with the Pack he played two different tournaments at the Greensboro Coliseum. In his freshman season in 1980 the Pack lost in the quarterfinals to Duke, and in 1982 the Pack beat Maryland but then fell to North Carolina in the semifinals.

    The Pack Versus Florida State at the ACC Tournament: Florida State and NC State will be meeting for the fifth time at the ACC Tournament, and the first time since 2005. NC State holds a 4-1 advantage against the Seminoles in the ACC Tournament.

    The last time the two opponents met, NC State as the No. 7 seeed took down the No. 10 seed Florida State 70-54 in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Since losing the first matchup back in 1992, the Pack has won the last four meetings. Three of the matchups have taken place in Greensboro, N.C. with the Pack winning all three (1996, 1998, and 2004).

    The Series Versus Florida State: Friday's matchup will mark the 45th meeting between NC State and Florida State. The Wolfpack leads the overall series, which dates back to the 1955-56 season,  26-18.

    NC State has won 16 of the last 20 games against FSU, with the Seminoles only wins during that span coming in Raleigh in 2005, 2008, 2009 and at FSU in 2007.

    Earlies This Season Versus Florida State: Playing its first ranked opponent, NC State downed No. 25 Florida State, 88-81, for its first ACC win on January 12. Scott Wood went 7-of-11 from three-point range in scoring 31 points, the third-most ever for a freshman at NC State. Florida State started the game on an 11-7 run, but the Pack responded with a 16-1 run and held FSU without a field goal for 6:33 in claiming a 23-11 lead. The Seminoles cut it to four with 6:43 left, but Wood hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead to 10 at 65-55, and the Pack would make 17-of-20 free throws down the stretch. Farnold Degand got his first start and had 13 points, while Julius Mays was 10-of-10 on free throws and had 12 points.

    Sidney Lowe as a Coach in the ACC Tournament: Head coach Sidney Lowe is currently in his fourth ACC Tournament, holding a career record of 4-3.

    Lowe got his coaching career at the ACC Tournament off to a fast start in 2007, as the Pack won its first three games and advanced to the ACC Championship game in Tampa. NC State became only the second team in tournament history to start in the first round and advance to the finals (NC State also accomplished that feat in 1997).

    That season was also the first time NC State won three straight all against higher seeded squads. Lowe also became the first person in ACC history to win an ACC Tournament as a player and then coach in an ACC title game as well.

    In 2008, the Pack was the 12th seed, and fell to Miami, 63-50 in Charlotte. Last year in Atlanta, NC State as the 10th seed lost to seventh-seeded Maryland.

    Lowe Finds Success in Tournaments: NC State has found success playing in tournaments under Sidney Lowe, as the Pack has captured team titles at both in-season tournaments the Pack has played in the last four years.

    The Pack started this season strong, as NC State was the only team to go 4-0 and win the Glenn Wilkes Classic. In the 2007-08 season, the Pack won the Old Spice Classic with a 3-0 record.

    In postseason play under Lowe, the Pack advanced to the ACC Tournament finals and the NIT quarterfinals in his first season in 2007.

    In Lowe's four seasons at NC State, the Pack is 13-4 in both in-season and post season tournaments.

    The Underdogs: Since 1997, NC State is 9-6 in games in the ACC Tournament when the Wolfpack is the No. 8 seed ot lower. In comparison, the rest of the ACC is 15-34 when seeded eighth or lower.

    In Coach Lowe's first season in 2007, the No. 10 seed Pack advanced to the ACC Championship game knocking off three straight higher seeded teams.



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