Found March 19, 2012 on Fox Sports:
It is not that far a leap from here to there. Just two games, 80 minutes of basketball between a season to forget and a lifetime memory. One good break, one big shot, and everything can change. Nobody who gets their name called on Selection Sunday is really that far removed from the Sweet 16. But it didn't really seem that way to N.C. State back on Feb. 25, at the end of a 72-69 overtime loss at Clemson. It was the Wolfpack's fourth straight loss, a tailspin that had started nine days earlier by blowing a 20-point lead at Duke. At that moment, the very notion of making the NCAA tournament seemed like a longshot. N.C. State hadn't defeated a top-25 team all season despite a multitude of chances. Its only real accomplishments were beating Texas back in November and sweeping ACC rival Miami, both of whom were on the bubble. With the loss to Clemson, it seemed the Wolfpack were headed off the NCAA cliff. "We played well enough to win the game. We just didn't,&quo...
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