The late North Carolina State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano once said: “Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.”
If you are an LSU men's basketball fan dreaming of the No. 9 seeded Tigers winning the NCAA championship this year, it would help to know as much as you can about No. 8 seeded North Carolina State before the team's game in the East regional in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Thursday.
Here are 10 things you need to know about North Carolina State.
9. Dereck Whittenburg, who shot the air ball that Lorenzo Charles dunked for the game-winning points in championship game, is the North Carolina State Director of Player Development. Whittenburg was the executive producer of the ESPN documentary “Survive And Advance.”
8. Leading scorer Trevor Lacey, who averages 15.8 points per game, sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Alabama.
4. Their worst losses of the season were against at Boston College (13-19) 79-63 on Feb. 28; at Wake Forest (13-19) 88-84 on Feb. 3; and Clemson (16-15) on Jan. 28.
3. Their best wins of the season were against Duke 87-75 on Jan. 11; at Louisville 74-65 on Feb. 14 and at North Carolina 58-46 on Feb. 24.
2. One of their top former players is former LSU guard Ralston Turner, a 6-foot-5 senior who averages 13.2 points. Turner transferred to North Carolina State in 2012.
1. Their coach is former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried, who led the Crimson Tide to five NCAA tournament appearances in 11 seasons.
Now that you know these things, just watch the game between the Tigers and the Wolfpack and hope for the best.