Record:24-10, 11-7 ACC
Coach:Mark Gottfried, second year, second NCAA appearance
Last NCAA tournament appearance:Lost to Kansas in Sweet 16 (2012)
Notable wins:Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina
Junior point guard Lorenzo Brown (12.1 points and 7.2 assists per game) led the ACC in assists and is responsible for finding North Carolina State's bevy of scorers, but he also must produce. When he is driving to the basket hitting runners and pull-up jumpers, everything else opens up from dump-downs to C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell inside to open 3-pointers for lethal shooter Scott Wood. The Wolfpack were 0-3 in the games Brown missed most or all of because of an ankle injury. Although he turns the ball over too much, Brown runs the show, and the better he plays the more potent N.C. State is. And given that this team isnt going to win playing defense, it must be quite effective with the ball to advance.
C.J. Leslie (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) has more to do with how ...