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[Edited on March 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM. Reason : ]

3/12/2012 9:45:10 PM

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" Has a team ever met four times in one season? I'm not saying we'll definitely get to the Elite 8, but I can't find another time where that's happened."


In 2001 Duke & Maryland played twice in the regular season, once in the ACC Tournament, & once in the Final Four. The game at Cole Fieldhouse was known as the Miracle Minute game, which saw the Terps lose a 10 point lead with a minute left, with Duke forcing overtime, which they would go on to win the game in.

[Edited on March 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM. Reason : ]

3/12/2012 9:45:15 PM

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So, apparently it's more common than I thought!

3/12/2012 9:45:47 PM

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Could you imagine the massive boohoos if we beat UNC in the Elite Eight? They beat us 3 times in the season and then we shut their hopes down in the tournament.. oh God I might have to stop watching sports if that happened. Nothing that amazing would ever happen again.

3/12/2012 9:49:35 PM

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^
Very realistic thought!

3/12/2012 9:50:38 PM

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^^Especially after Roy's comment on how Saturday's game didn't matter because they had their sights set on bigger things.

3/12/2012 9:52:50 PM

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"We don't want to face UNC in the Elite 8 if Henson is healthy. This is not the year. The loss would be too brutal to deal with."


Man fuck a henson, fuck zeller, fuck all of those kids, give me a neutral court with non ACC refs and a HONGRY state team.

we are back in the motherfucking NCAA tournament, fuck being rational. Gottfried begins his dynasty NOW

[Edited on March 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM. Reason : ^^^ dude, it would be the most succulent experience, ever.]

3/12/2012 10:03:51 PM

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The reason I brought up the potential elite eight match with carolina is because i see that as motivation for our boys to go further past sdsu. They played hard this past saturday because they were fired up.

as for the outcome of such a match, decent officiating could cancel out the return of one of their players.

plus, maybe the selection committee wants to see a rematch by putting us in the same region.

[Edited on March 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM. Reason : .]

3/12/2012 10:06:51 PM

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"if the planets aligned and the jedi spirits of V and Sloan and Case helped us through to the Elite Eight, i can't even imagine the buzz around that game. "



this would be the largest (local) media circle jerk of all time, shit would be crazy

3/12/2012 10:13:47 PM

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guys we need to reel this shit in here.

not b/c it's stupid to think about, but b/c we look stupid talking about it publicly. you keep that in your mindgrapes until it's a game away at the earliest.

3/13/2012 3:58:25 AM

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"STUPID

TO

THINK"


Definitely more relevant than the credibility watch. Where's the Debbie Yow appreciation thread?

3/13/2012 4:09:58 AM

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Appreciate To The Top

[Edited on March 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM. Reason : Got us into the tourney in his first year and WON (a game)]

3/16/2012 3:00:45 PM

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PAY THE MAN. 70k bitches.

3/16/2012 3:08:32 PM

Førte
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FUCK YEAH

3/16/2012 4:14:24 PM

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Oh I appreciate him.....ALL OF HIM

3/16/2012 4:14:54 PM

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loving the man right now. Brought us back to a competitive basketball team again.

3/16/2012 4:20:51 PM

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3/16/2012 5:01:10 PM

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meeting my expectations for NEXT year. I'm all about the Gott

3/18/2012 2:41:01 PM

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PAY THE MAN!!

3/18/2012 2:43:50 PM

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^^ same. year early on fan expectations is always good. dude is a solid coach and just as importantly is apparently a damn good motivator.

[Edited on March 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM. Reason : k]

3/18/2012 2:44:08 PM

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Hellll yeah

3/18/2012 2:53:11 PM

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from Elwood

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"i know that for each round of the NCAA he get a 62k bonus and for final 4 120k, championship game 120k, and a NCAA title 340K."

3/18/2012 2:59:11 PM

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62k well spent

3/18/2012 3:00:17 PM

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Gott 'Em

3/18/2012 3:00:45 PM

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I'll chip in a dollar four years of tuition

3/18/2012 3:00:57 PM

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i love you so much mark gottfried.

3/18/2012 3:01:18 PM

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Golden Goddfried

3/18/2012 3:42:13 PM

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We need a mark gottfried statue at the rbc center....and in the brickyard.

3/18/2012 4:07:00 PM

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" How Gottfried turned N.C. State around

By Luke DeCock ldecock@newsobserver.com

Posted: Monday, Mar. 19, 2012 RALEIGH A year ago, N.C. State was on Day 5 of what would turn out to be a 21-day coaching search, a final wearying coda to a season that went nowhere. Mark Gottfried’s name wasn’t even on the radar at that point.

On Monday, Gottfried sat in his office at the Dail Center watching video of Kansas on an iPad. The Wolfpack’s players had the day off. Gottfried did not. He was scouting, planning, going on radio shows and preparing to travel to St. Louis for the NCAA tournament’s West Regional.

A year ago, people didn’t know where the program was going, where it was headed, who the coach was going to be, which players would be back. In less than 12 months, Gottfried has not only taken N.C. State back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years, but beat two higher-seeded teams to advance to a regional that also includes North Carolina.

“Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect,” N.C. State forward Richard Howell said. “But I am grateful for the situation, that coach Gottfried came in. I feel like it’s a blessing. The amount of confidence he has in us is unbelievable. I feel like that’s why we’re so good.”

It’s a turnaround of Homeric proportions, not just for the program, but for the coach. Gottfried resigned in midseason at his alma mater Alabama two 1/2 years ago and spent two full seasons adrift in that coaching purgatory known as “television analyst,” unsure if he’d ever find the right opportunity to get back into the game.

He felt stranded in his daily routine with no players, no staff, no practices, only milk and eggs to pick up at the supermarket. It’s hard to feel stranded when your phone overflows with 79 text messages, as Gottfried’s did after Sunday’s win over Georgetown.

“This particular group,” Gottfried said, “has exceeded most everybody’s expectations.”

He had been through this before, on Jim Harrick’s staff at UCLA when it took over a program with unparalleled tradition that had fallen on hard times and won a national title. He didn’t take any template from that, no road map to rebuilding, just a belief that if it was once great, it can be great once again.

Some of this isn’t witchcraft. Gottfried upgraded the schedule significantly, which helped land an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow agreed to make funds available to give Gottfried essentially his choice of assistants. He used that money to bring in a solid Xs and Os guy with head-coaching experience in Bobby Lutz, two strong recruiters in Orlando Early and Rob Moxley and a new strength coach in Joe Alejo.

And, perhaps most important, they all found a team eager to get to work. When Gottfried took the job, junior forward Scott Wood, in his first meeting with the new coach, told him he didn’t want to be part of any “rebuilding year.”

“I don’t want to just play to get better,” Wood told Gottfried. “I think we’ve got the talent and the pieces that we could be a dominant team.”

Gottfried quickly saw why there was all that talk about an ACC title when C.J. Leslie committed during the summer of 2010. The raw talent was there; it was just very raw.

“These guys had never accomplished anything in college basketball,” said Harrick, Gottfried’s mentor. “Most guys on scholarship are cocky without being confident. That’s what these guys were. I watched them walk off the floor Sunday, and they were confident without being cocky. I like that. That’s the way you want your players.”

Under former coach Sidney Lowe, N.C. State wasn’t a poorly coached team. It was a lightly coached team. He was an NBA guy, and he expected players to prepare and motivate themselves. Gottfried and his staff have added structure and held players accountable, but for every kick in the pants, there’s been a pat on the back, in varying degrees for each player.

They’ve embraced Leslie -- “Just by calling him ‘Calvin,’ that broke the ice between the two,” Harrick observed -- challenged Richard Howell to improve his fitness, bolstered Wood’s confidence and empowered point guard Lorenzo Brown, the team’s most important player, to run the offense.

“Sometimes, it’s uncomfortable,” Gottfried said. “But I think those guys came to a point where they really decided to trust our staff, Calvin especially. Some guys, it takes longer. We’re all different. Some guys trust you right off the bat. Other guys, there’s a wall where you can’t penetrate that wall. And you can feel it. But I think there’s been a lot of trust back and forth.”

If those were the pieces, Gottfried brought some of the glue to put them together. He brought notebooks he’d filled during his time as a television analyst, approaching the games he called like he was scouting opponents, all filed under the heading, “If I get another job…”

That job came along last spring. Yow pursued a number of candidates without success, even sending out an email to Wolfpack Club members that apologized for how long the search was taking and warned it might take a little longer.

“We have not tried to sugarcoat the challenge of rebuilding our basketball program,” Yow wrote in the email. “Our absence for five consecutive years from the NCAA Tournament was noted by each coach as evidence that the program is in poor shape and will require a special effort to rebuild.”

A day later, she sprung a surprise: Gottfried. The results have exceeded even Yow’s wildest hopes.

“I think this ‘special effort’ is a little further advanced at this point than I had envisioned, absolutely,” Yow said Monday. “He’s been masterful at changing the whole culture and bringing out the best in these young men. It has been a process, not an event. This has been day to day for a year, and he’s done a terrific job.”

With a top-10 recruiting class coming in next year, many Wolfpack fans were already looking forward to the future. That was before the future, to everyone’s enduring surprise, turned out to be now."

3/19/2012 8:40:06 PM

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Excellent article. I like that they didn't throw Lowe completely under the bus.

3/19/2012 8:43:20 PM

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i really cannot believe that our team is doing this after one season with gottfried and his staff.

absolutely unbelievable.

3/20/2012 1:25:46 AM

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^^^^PNC ARENA, ASSHOLE

3/20/2012 1:41:14 AM

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great job coach. thanks for bringing us this far.

3/24/2012 1:54:56 AM

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I definitely appreciate

3/24/2012 11:23:53 AM

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5/3/2012 5:47:32 PM

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i knew john wall was going to come to state!!!!!!!! sources!!!!!

5/3/2012 5:51:54 PM

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john wall preparing for his upcoming UFC debut.

5/3/2012 6:57:50 PM

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oh we back

10/9/2012 2:01:38 PM

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thanks!

http://www.wralsportsfan.com/ncsu/video/11639519/#/vid11639519

10/9/2012 2:10:31 PM

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on pp premium it sounds like we have a good shot at locking up woodson this weekend. locking up the #3 center would be huge. fucking love gottfried!

10/9/2012 3:57:38 PM

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http://www.wralsportsfan.com/gottfried-hard-work-needed-to-reach-potential/11644991/

10/10/2012 2:03:37 PM

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^^pp has no idea what will happen any more than you or i or twitter does

10/10/2012 2:22:14 PM

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^no, they don't, but they do talk to people that are more connected to the program than we do, therefore they do know a little better when things are going well with a recruit. Woodson could commit to someone else tomorrow, but supposedly, things are looking pretty good with him.

10/10/2012 11:35:01 PM

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how fucking incredible is this guy. unreal.

up his buyout debbie. do it now.

10/11/2012 12:30:49 AM

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaab--college-basketball-25-most-intriguing-coaches-for-the-2012-13-season.html

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"3. Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State. How’s this for a second act: a guy who was fired at Alabama now finds himself in possession of a team that could overthrow the Tobacco Road dynasties of Duke and North Carolina, guiding the Wolfpack to a prominence it hasn’t enjoyed since Jim Valvano was in Raleigh. This is a team – and a coach – dealing with an entirely new set of expectations. How do they handle it?"


[Edited on November 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM. Reason : ]

11/8/2012 2:54:55 PM

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I welcome these expectations, but am worried about the inevitable meltdown by our fanbase if we don't entirely meet them

not only do they think it's a sprint and not a marathon, it has to be the fastest sprint ever for some of them

11/8/2012 2:59:06 PM

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11/10/2012 10:38:42 PM

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Hmm

11/27/2012 8:01:47 PM

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its like motherfuckers still dont know how long basketball games are

11/27/2012 8:04:19 PM

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Just don't play vandy and he will be credible. We need to squeeze as many minutes out of our starters as possible. Play them until they foul out.

11/27/2012 8:22:31 PM

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