Region – Seed: No. 8 in the East
Conference: Atlantic Coast
How They Qualified: At Large
The N.C. State Wolfpack played one of the most grueling schedules in the country in 2014-15. They ended the year hot, winning six of their last seven games before falling in the ACC Tournament to the Duke Blue Devils.
After missing out on the NCAA Tournament for five-straight years, N.C. State has now made an appearance in all four of Mark Gottfried’s seasons as head coach, beginning in 2011-12. The Wolfpack were the biggest surprise team called on Selection Sunday in 2014. They defeated Xavier in one of the “first four” games as a No. 12 seed before being knocked out in overtime by No. 5 seed St. Louis.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Trevor Lacey (15.8)
Leading Rebounder: Lennard Freeman (5.6)
Leading Passer: Anthony Barber (3.8)
Few teams in the field of 68 enter the tournament as battle tested as N.C. State. They knocked off in-state foes Duke and North Carolina each by 12 points and took down Louisville 74-65 just over a month ago. The only truly bad loss on their resume was two weeks ago, a baffling 79-63 loss to (record) 13-19 Boston College.
The Wolfpack dominate the glass and block shots at incredibly-high rate. Sophomore forward Anya Beejay ranks near the top in the the nation in blocked shots with 2.6 per game in just 19.4 minutes per game. Three guards – Trevor Lacey, Ralston Turner, and Anthony Barber lead the scoring charge.
The Wolfpack are dancing!