ATLANTA — With all of the talk about the NCAA tournament, and whether N.C. State will be in or out, and potential ACC tournament games with Virginia or North Carolina, the Wolfpack does actually have a game on Thursday.
N.C. State, the fifth seed, plays No. 12 Boston College on Thursday at 2 p.m., which senior C.J. Williams said, is the primary concern of the Wolfpack players.
"We are worried about Boston College," Williams said. "Boston College beat Florida State. Other people want to talk about other things but we have to worry about them and not look ahead."
The Wolfpack swept the season series with the Eagles, with a 76-62 win in Raleigh on Jan. 19 and a 56-51 road win on Feb. 1. The second game was a tough win for N.C. State, with Boston College playing at a deliberate pace and the Wolfpack was off in the first half.
"We struggled up there and they played their hearts out," State guard Lorenzo Brown said.
Boston College, which had to break in nine freshmen this season, finished ACC play with a 4-12 record. The Eagles beat Florida State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech — all at home. They went 0-8 on the road in league play.
N.C. State knows it can't afford to lose to Boston College on Thursday. It played with the same mentality in the regular-season finale against Virginia Tech, a 70-58 win at Blacksburg, Va. on Sunday.
"We need to play with the same mentality that we had in the Virginia Tech game," Brown said.