State’s season ends with loss to Purdue in the Final Four

N.C. State’s uplifting run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end in the Final Four, as their offense was non-existent in a 63-50 semi-final loss to Purdue Saturday. The Pack finish the season with a 26-15 record. If you had said that the defense would hold Purdue to 63 points, you’d feel pretty good [...]

The Pack earns an Easter Sunday win over the Devils to punch their ticket to the Final Four

N.C. State exploded for 55 points in the second half to turn a 6-point halftime deficit into a 76-64 win over the Duke Blue Devils and a trip to the Final Four. It will be State’s first trip to the Final Four since 1983, when they won it all. The one thing that State hadn’t [...]

State blitzes No. 2 Marquette to advance to the Elite Eight

No one gave N.C. State a chance in its Sweet 16 matchup with No. 2 Marquette. The Big East club, the story went, just had too much going for it. They shot better, had more weapons and would force too many turnovers for the No. 11 Wolfpack to handle. Well, time to come up with [...]

DJ Burns powers State to its seventh-consecutive win and a spot in the Sweet 16

DJ Burns had a double-double, with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lift NC State to an overtime win past Oakland, 79-73, Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory pushes the Pack into the Sweet 16, where they’ll play Friday night versus the Colorado-Marquette winner. State won the major stat [...]

State’s big men dominate Texas Tech in opening-round upset

Making a mockery of those who thought they would be tired after playing five games in five days … checks notes … despite four days of rest, No, 11 N.C. State ran away from No. 6 Texas Tech, 80-67, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the Pack’s first NCAA tourney win [...]

Wolfpack takes down Tar Heels to capture their 11th ACC Championship

For the first time since I was a student there in 1987, N.C. State won the ACC Championship with an 84-76 win over No. 1 North Carolina Saturday night. The win guarantees State a spot in the NCAA Tournament and triggers a two-year extension for coach Kevin Keatts, who came into the tournament on the [...]

State shocks Virginia in overtime to advance to the ACC Tournament finals

N.C. State had no business winning this game. But Michael O’Connell banked in a 3-point shot with a hand in his face to send the game to overtime. And after Virginia hit a 3-point shot to open the scoring in the extra period, the Pack rode DJ Burns the rest of the way to a [...]

State’s improbable ACC tournament run continues by taking down a blue blood

N.C. State shook off a brutal start to outscore Duke in both halves in an 84-79 upset of the No. 2 Blue Devils Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarter-finals. They’ll square off against Virginia in the semi-finals Friday night at 9:30 p.m. Here’s how the night started for the Pack: Missed jumper by Casey [...]

State gets revenge on Syracuse with convincing 18-point win

It’s tough to beat a team three times in a year if you’re not significantly better. Syracuse won two times in the regular season, with State shooting horribly in the first game and with the Orange having a big night from behind the arc to win the second game. But there was no big discrepancy [...]

No Horne, no problem as State opens ACC Tournament with win over Louisville

State knocked down 33 free throws and converted 16 Louisville turnovers into 22 points en route to a season-high in points, as they won their opening round game in the ACC Tournament with a 94-85 win over the Cardinals. State advances to the second round, where they’ll take on Syracuse at 7 p.m. The Orange [...]