MBB Faces FSU in ACC Quarterfinals
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 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 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 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.