NC State Wolfpack (24-10, 11-7 ACC) vs. Temple Owls (23-9, 11-5 A10)
March 22, 2012 1:40 p.m. TBS
Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena (13,435)
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DAYTON, OHIO - NC State is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, and the 24th appearance in school history. The Pack was selected as the eighth seed in the East Region, and will be traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to face ninth-seeded Temple on Friday. Game time is 1:40 p.m. on TBS.
Last season, the Pack earned its first NCAA bid since the 2005-06 season. NC State was the 11th seed, but knocked off San Diego State (79-65) and Georgetown (66-63) before falling to eventual runner-up Kansas (60-57) in the Sweet 16.
Pack as the 8th Seed: NC State has never entered the NCAA Tournament as the eighth seed.
Pack Versus the 9th Seed: NC State has never faced the ninth seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Pack in First Round (Now Second Round) Action: Technically the Pack's first game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament will be in the second round, but in the Pack's previous trips to the Big Dance, NC State has found success in its opening game. NC State enters 12-5 in what was formerly the first round, now the second round.
In fact, the Pack has failed to win a NCAA Tournament game only once in its last eight trips.
In the East Region: For the second straight year, the Pack was placed in the East Region. NC State currently posts a 9-7 mark in the region.
Of NC State's 55 previous NCAA Tournament games, the Pack has played the most in the East Region (16).
Gottfried in the NCAA Tournament: Head coach Mark Gottfried is making his second appearance in the NCAA Tournament as head coach of the Pack, and his ninth trip overall as a head coach.
Last season, Gottfried became the 11th coach in ACC history to reach the NCAA Tournament in his first season. He is now only the third coach in ACC history to take both of his first two squads to the `Big Dance', joining Bill Guthridge (1998, 99) and Roy Williams (2004, 05).
In his first stop as a head coach at Murray State, Gottfried took the Racers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his final two seasons. At Alabama, Gottfried went to five straight NCAA Championships (2002-06), advancing as far as the Elite Eight in 2004.
NCAA Tournament Experience: Last season, no players on the Wolfpack roster had NCAA Tournament experience. This season will be different, as four of the Pack's current starters also started all three games in last year's run to the Sweet 16.
C.J. Leslie (15.7 ppg), Lorenzo Brown (13.0), Scott Wood (12.0), and Richard Howell (11.7) all averaged double figures and at least 29.0 minutes in the three games last season.
Rounding out the Pack's 2012-13 seven-man rotation is a trio of freshmen who obviously have never competed in the tournament.
NC State Staff Knows NCAA Tournament: All three Pack assistant coaches have NCAA Tournament experience, combining for 23 NCAA Tournaments entering this season.
Associate head coach Bobby Lutz started his NCAA postseason experience with back-to-back NCAA appearances as an assistant coach at Charlotte in 1997 and 1998. Lutz was then promoted to head coach for the 49ers, and led them to five NCAA appearances in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005.
Orlando Early has now been an assistant coach at four different schools that made a combined eight NCAA Tournaments appearances. Early was part of the Western Carolina squad that won the Southern Conference and advanced to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Then, he was an assistant under Lutz at Charlotte in 1999 and 2001. Early joined Mark Gottfried's staff at Alabama in 2001, and was an assistant coach for four seasons, reaching the NCAA all four years.
Rob Moxley's NCAA postseason experience came as an assistant at Charlotte under Lutz in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
The Series Versus Temple: Friday's matchup between NC State and Temple will the eighth meeting in a series that dates back to 1950-51.
NC State leads the series 6-1, having won the first six meetings. The most recent match-ups have been a home-and-home, with each team winning on its home court, NC State 80-61 in 2002 and Temple 76-54 in 2003.
Pack Coaches Find Success in NCAA Tournament: Mark Gottfried is the seventh head coach in NC State history to lead the Pack to the NCAA Tournament, and every one of the seven have posted at least a .500 record in tournament play. Overall NC State is 34-22 in the NCAA Tournament, and has won at least one game in seven of its last eight trips.
Everett Case was 6-6 in NCAA Tournament games, while Press Maravich was 1-1, Norm Sloan was 5-2, Jim Valvano was 14-6, Les Robinson was 1-1, Herb Sendek was 5-5, and Gottfried posted a 2-1 mark last season.
NC State is one of only six schools to have every coach in its history have at least a .500 record in NCAA play, given a minimum of four coaches. The others are Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma and Syracuse. In fact, Michigan is the only other school with seven coaches to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
NC State in the RPI and BPI: In the final RPI, NC State ranked No. 33 with the 33rd-toughest strength of schedule.
In the final BPI rankings, the Pack was 22nd, with the 20th-toughest schedule.
Pack Nets ACC Honors: All five of the Pack's starting five have earned earned some sort of ACC accolade in 2012-13.
Senior Richard Howell nabbed first-team All-ACC honors by the media and second-team by the coaches. He was the Pack's first first-team selection since Julius Hodge in 2004.
Juniors Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie were named to the ACC's second and third teams respectively by both the media and coaches. Freshman T.J. Warren was named to the ACC's All-Freshman Team.
Last weekend, senior Scott Wood was tabbed to the ACC All-Tournament second-team.
Gottfried Racking Up Wins: Head coach Mark Gottfried has had an impressive start to his NC State career.
The Pack picked up its 24th win of the season in the ACC Tournament. After posting 24 wins last season, the Pack has back-to-back 20+ win seasons for the first time since 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Gottfried has now won more games in his first two seasons with the Pack (48) than any coach in school history with the exception of Everett Case (55) in 1947 and 1948.
Overall, the 48 combined wins over the last two seasons are the most in back-to-back years since 1981-82 and 1982-83 (48 wins). If the Pack picks up its 49th win in the NCAA Tournament, it will be the most in back-to-back years since 52 in 1974 and 1975.
The Pack's 24 wins this season tie last year as the most since winning 26 en route to the national championship in 1983.
Finishing Strong: Last season under first year head coach Mark Gottfried, the Pack won six of its final eight games en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.
History seems to be repeating itself this year.
NC State won six of its last eight games to close out the regular season, and reached the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second straight season.
Balanced Attack: Throughout the season, NC State's offensive attack has been balanced, with different players stepping up at different times.
Each of the Pack's starting five is averaging between 14.9-12.1 points per game. NC State is the only team nationally to have five players each average at least 12.0 points a game and is one of just seven teams to have five players average double figures.
Wood Heats Up ACC Tournament: Playing in his final ACC Tournament, senior Scott Wood left a lasting memory for many Wolfpack fans.
Wood averaged 19.0 points, shooting 59.3 percent (16-27) from three-point range, and was named to the all-tournament team.
In the quarterfinals win over Virginia, he nailed 7-of-12 long range bombs and finished with 23 points. He tied a career-high for three-pointers, and also set a school record for most three-pointers in an ACC Tournament game.
In the semifinal loss to Miami, Wood was 6-of-10 on threes, and led the Pack once again with 21 points.
In 10 career ACC Tournament games, Wood hit 33-of-69 (.478) from three-point range and averaged 12.6 points.
Points of Pride ...
√ The last Wolfpack squad to post more victories than the 2012-13 squad's total of 24 was the 1983 National Championship squad, which posted a 26-10 mark.
√ The Pack's 48 combined wins over the last two years are the most in back-to-back seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83 (48).
√ Mark Gottfried has now won more games in his first two seasons with the Pack (48) than any coach in school history with the exception of Everett Case (55) in 1947 and 1948.
√ The Wolfpack posted an 11-7 mark in ACC play, marking its highest number of league wins since 2003-04. Three of those losses were without starting point guard Lorenzo Brown who missed time with an ankle injury.
√ NC State advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals in back-to-back years for the first time since 2004 and 2005.
√ Mark Gottfried is the first coach in NC State history, and only the third coach in ACC history, to take each of his first two squads to the NCAA Tournament.
√ NC State has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in seven of its previous eight trips to the `Big Dance'.
√ NC State finished the season at No. 33 in the RPI, and No. 33 in strength of schedule. NC State is 22nd in the BPI, and has the No. 20 schedule.
√ NC State is the only team nationally to have five players average over 12.0 points per game. The Pack's starting five averages between 14.9-12.1 ppg.
√ The current Wolfpack squad is only the ninth in ACC history to have four 1,000-point scorers on the same team.
√ The Pack, which led the nation in field goal percentage for several weeks, currently ranks fourth with a .494 mark. State ranks 13th nationally in scoring (77.5).
√ Scott Wood leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.443) and made three-pointers (3.0). Wood hit 16-of-27 (.593) in the ACC Tournament.
√ Wood is now NC State all-time leader in both three-point field goals made (332) and career starts (135).
√ Richard Howell is only the fifth player in school history to record both 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. He now has 1,200 points and 1,040 boards.
√ Howell leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally in rebounding (10.7). He was one of only four BCS players to average a double-double in conference action.
√ Lorenzo Brown is only the third player in school history to record 500+ career assists (580). He ranks seventh nationally and leads the ACC with 7.2 per game.
√ C.J. Leslie is one of three players in the ACC to rank in the top-10 in points (seventh, 14.9), rebounds (eighth, 7.4) and field goal percentage (seventh, .514).
√ Freshman T.J. Warren shot a blazing 75.0 percent (21-28) in the 2013 ACC Tournament, averaging 14.7 points per game.
√ Warren leads the ACC and ranks ninth nationally in field goal percentage (.626).