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Brown's status still in doubt for Duke

N.C. State guard Lorenzo Brown is still not 100 percent and would need to make significant improvement to play on Thursday against Duke.

Brown missed last Saturday's 79-78 loss to Miami with an injured left ankle and has not been able to practice, as of Monday, since he suffered the injury on Jan. 29 at Virginia.

Brown's injury remains "day to day," Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said.

Three Points: Effort, endgame solutions and Tyler Lewis

Three Points from N.C. State's 79-78 loss to Miami:

1) What it takes

N.C. State played with a palpable intensity and desperation on Saturday in a game, arguably for the first time all season, it wasn't supposed to win. These two points are obviously connected.

N.C. State should be, as coach Mark Gottfried put it, heartbroken after Reggie Johnson's tip-in with 0.8 seconds left gave Miami a 79-78 win but the Wolfpack should not be discouraged.

Johnson's buzzer-beater lifts Miami past N.C. State

RALEIGH — Reggie Johnson's tip-in with 0.8 seconds left gave Miami a 79-78 win over N.C. State and kept the first-place Hurricanes unbeaten (8-0) in ACC play.

N.C. State (16-6, 5-4 in the ACC) led by five points with 2 minutes to play but couldn't close out the resilient Canes, despite 16 points and five assists by point guard Tyler Lewis in place of the injured Lorenzo Brown.

Pack prepared to face Miami without Brown

RALEIGH — Injured guard Lorenzo Brown is unlikely to play in Saturday's game against first-place Miami, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said at his press conference on Friday.

Brown sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's loss at Virginia and has been in a walking boot since and has not practiced. Gottfried didn't rule Brown out for the Miami game but he didn't sound optimistic about his chances of playing, either.

"The probability, in my mind, for him to be recovered enough to cut and move and sprint and jump is pretty slim," Gottfried said. "We have to prepare as if he's not going to play and then we'll go from there."

Pack taking wait-and-see approach with injured Brown

Junior guard Lorenzo Brown wore a walking boot on his left foot to class on Wednesday, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said on his weekly radio show, and his status for Saturday's game with Miami is still up in the air.

Brown, who sprained his left ankle in the first half of Tuesday's loss at Virginia, received treatment from team trainer Ryan Holleman on Wednesday, according to Gottfried, who sounded pessimistic about Brown's status for the Wolfpack's next game.

"He was limping pretty good today, which was not a good sign," Gottfried said on his radio show. "But we're just going to work with him around the clock."

Three Points: Injuries, respect and Plan B

Three Points from N.C. State's 58-55 loss at Virginia:

1) Margin of error

N.C. State's rotation in ACC play has consisted of six players with only freshman forward T.J. Warren averaging more than 5.8 minutes off the bench.

Coach Mark Gottfried is more comfortable with fewer moving parts and clearly defined roles. He relied on a seven-man rotation last season and he has had success with that formula. When Gottfried was an assistant coach at UCLA for Jim Harrick, the Bruins won the national title in 1995 with a seven-man rotation.

It's a ride-or-die mentality and when an injury or foul trouble happens, the results are predictable. When you use only six players, not matter how good those six are, there's no margin of error.

Shorthanded N.C. State falls to Virginia 58-55

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — N.C. State expected to play Tuesday's game at Virginia without a completely healthy C.J. Leslie.

The Wolfpack didn't expect to lose Lorenzo Brown midway through the first half.

Joe Harris scored 22 points to lead Virginia to a 58-55 win on Tuesday, handing No. 19 N.C. State its third straight road loss.

Gottfried, Williams team up in commercial

In addition to being for a good cause, these Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge commercials are actually pretty funny.

This one stars N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried and UNC's Roy Williams, and the voiceover is done by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.

And unless, there was some serious high-tech editing (which is possible), it also appears that Gottfried and Williams actually got together to film the commercial (unlike the old "Guitar Hero" ad with Krzyzewski and Williams.)

There's more information on the Coaches' Charity Challenge at this web site.

Three Points: Zo as in go, second-half defense and whose state is it?

Three Points from N.C. State's 91-83 win over North Carolina:

1) Lorenzo Brown is the best player in the ACC

Brown put on a clinic with 20 points and 11 assists against the Tar Heels. Through seven ACC games, the junior point guard averages 14.7 points, 8.7 assists and has made 53.8 percent of his 3-pointers.

Brown's outside shot had been a weakness before conference play, making just 6 of his first 24 3-pointers this season, but he has made 7 of 13 in league play, including both of his 3s on Saturday.

Energized Pack tops Tar Heels 91-83

RALEIGH — N.C. State's marketing campaign proclaims, "This is our State."

After Saturday's six-years-in-the-making win over North Carolina, it's at least the Wolfpack's Triangle. N.C. State handled the Tar Heels 91-83 in front of an electric, sold out crowd at PNC Arena.

With 20 points and 11 assists from junior guard Lorenzo Brown, No. 18 N.C. State ended a 13-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (13-6, 3-3 ACC), who had entered the game with 19 wins in 20 games in the series under coach Roy Williams.

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