I hope North Carolina State basketball coach Sidney Lowe slept in that bright red blazer last night. Lowe brings out the blazer for special games and it would be great if he could wear that thing two more times during the ACC Tournament.
North Carolina State seeded No. 11 in the tourney is on a roll. The Wolfpack upset Clemson Thursday night and sidelined Florida State Friday night. This from a team that frankly looked passive in the regular season.
Now it's on to the semifinals this afternoon (Saturday) and a battle with Georgia Tech.
This NC State tournament run could save Lowe's job and put some future hope in the hearts of Wolfpack fans.
Wolfpack fans could use some hope. NC State finished near the bottom of the ACC standings this season but didn't end dead last as predicted. Still, Wolfpack fans were wondering about what was happening with this team and questioned Lowe's leadership.
Even when the Wolfpack win games, it isn't pretty. Last night was a good example. They battled like a heavyweight fighter giving some shots and taking some others.
But NC State prevailed 58-52.
Tracy Smith is normally the Wolfpack star, but this is Scott Wood's tournament. Last night again the three ball was falling for the freshman from Marion, Indiana. Wood connected on 6-of-10 three-point shots. He never attempted a two-point shot.
So besides taking care of Lowe's blazer, I hope Wood iced that right arm and is good-and-ready to fire in those three-pointers this afternoon.
Wolfpack fans hope Lowe's blazer and Wood's shooting continues to form a winning combination.