Record: 20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast Conference

Coach: Mark Gottfried (90-51 at N.C. State, 368-206 overall)

How they qualified: At-large

Last tournament appearance: 2014 (lost in second round)

Players to know: Jr. G Trevor Lacey (15.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Sr. G Ralston Turner (13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg), So. G Anthony Barker (12.2 ppg, 3.8 apg)

Best victory: N.C. State 85, Duke 75 (Jan. 11)

Worst loss: Boston College 79, N.C. State 63 (Feb. 26)

Scouting report: Playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, N.C. State had an RPI of 40 Sunday morning, according to … The Wolfpack won five of their last six regular-season games after starting 5-7 in ACC play. … N.C. State is led by guards Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner, who played two seasons at LSU before transferring. ... LSU and N.C. State have never met on the basketball court.