A plethora of returning talent that was spearheaded by junior play makers C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, had all the attention in the world coming off a surprising run to the Sweet 16 in 2012. The headlines read something like, “move aside Duke and North Carolina, it’s the Wolfpack’s time.”
Well, that time clearly didn’t last too long, as N.C. State’s season can be summed up as a royal disappointment.
On Friday afternoon, the Wolfpack bowed out to Temple in the 8/9 match-up of the East Region. N.C. State was getting pummeled before coming back to cut the Owls’ lead to two late in the contest. Temple used some late free throws to hold off N.C. State and advance into the Round of 32.
North Carolina State simply went from No. 6 in the country to one and done within the tournament. Aspirations of aFinal Four run simply did not become a reality because of the Wolfpack’s inability to win away from home. Friday’s neutral court lay down was just the latest, and final nail in North Carolina State’s coffin.
From here, it will be interesting to see what NBA Draft decisions are made. Technically, the Wolfpack could return a number of their talented play makers, minus Scott Wood. However, N.C. State fans will have to wait and see what Leslie and Brown decide to do this upcoming spring.
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