If Wood is on-target this time, it will present the Tar Heels with a defensive problem they didn’t have to fret in the first two games.
C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds and N.C. State, attempting to remove all doubt about its NCAA tournament status, beat Virginia 67-64 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.
One of the big differences between pro sports and college sports is that, for the most part, the college kids are just that -- kids.
There’s the odd 18- or 19-year-old on a pro team, but for the most part they’ve been to college or fought their way up through the minors. College teams are loaded with 18-year-olds, of course, and there are times where boys become men before our eyes.
That’s happening right now with C.J. Leslie, who is growing up so fast on so many levels. The detached, sulking Leslie that stumbled through his freshman year at N.C. State is gone, replaced by a confident, driven young man who’s taking over games.
ATLANTA — N.C. State picked up another win in the ACC tournament on Friday. The question now is will it be enough to get the Wolfpack into the NCAA tournament?
With 19 points and 14 rebounds from C.J. Leslie, N.C. State knocked off Virginia, 67-64 in the quarterfinals on Friday in Atlanta.
N.C. State (22-11) will face top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday in the semifinals. It's the first time the two have met in the ACC tournament since the 2007 championship game.
ATLANTA -- N.C. State is making itself comfortable in this land of hope and dreams where its basketball season now resides.
With its gritty 67-64 victory over Virginia Friday in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, the Wolfpack assured itself of remaining in the discussion in Indianapolis where the game's bracket builders are piecing together the NCAA tournament field this weekend.
Was a victory over a good but not great Virginia team enough to push the Wolfpack over the edge from out to in?
N.C. State beat Boston College 78-57 in the first round of the ACC Tournament & will face Virginia next. CineSport's Noah Coslov recaps the game with Wolfpack beat writer Joe Giglio.
Scott Wood made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, leading NC State past Boston College 78-57 in the opening round of the ACC tournament Thursday.
Scott Wood (22) on target, but Leslie struggles some
ATLANTA — N.C. State needed to beat Boston College to get another shot to boost its NCAA tournament chances and Scott Wood made sure the Wolfpack took care of business on Thursday.
Wood's 22 points led the Wolfpack to a 78-57 win over the last-place Eagles to set up a much-needed matchup with fourth-seeded Virginia today in the quarterfinals.
The third win of the season over Boston College, No. 242 in the RPI, did nothing for N.C. State's NCAA hopes. A win over Virginia, No. 42, would help the Pack, which has an 0-8 record vs. top 50 teams.
ATLANTA — Veteran ACC official Karl Hess will not work any games at the ACC tournament, ACC head of officials John Clougherty said Thursday.
Hess was invited to work at the tournament but declined because he did not want to be a distraction, Clougherty said. Hess is working the Big East tournament instead.
Hess' absence is not a form of punishment for the incident at the N.C. State-Florida State game on Feb. 18, Clougherty said, but the three officials who worked the first game on Thursday — Jamie Luckie, Mike Eades and Bernard Clinton — each wore a small piece of white tape on their left sneaker with the initials "KH."