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NCAA reunion for Lutz and Wolfpack

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The last time Bobby Lutz coached in an NCAA tournament game, he was Charlotte's head coach, in 2005. The 49ers' opponent? N.C. State.

The Wolfpack beat Lutz and the Niners 75-63 in a first-round game in Worcester, Mass. in 2005. N.C. State star Julius Hodge helped the Wolfpack erase a 14-point first-half deficit with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

"We were up big," said Lutz, who was 2-5 in five NCAA tournament appearances with Charlotte. "Then Julius took over the game late."

The Pack went on to beat Connecticut in the second round before losing to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

Lutz, in his first season as an assistant to Mark Gottfried with the Wolfpack, coached at Charlotte through the 2009-10 season and then was an assistant for Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State last season.

His wife, Janet, and his two daughters are driving to Louisville, Ky. tonight to watch Iowa State take on UConn, the defending champions.

"Fred got them tickets, and they’ll be back for us tomorrow," Lutz said. "I’m very excited about it.”


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This thread reminds me of one you would see over the summer. #filler

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.