NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — North Carolina State will play the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament March Madness Sweet 16 on Friday at 7:37 PM ET at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York.
The No. 8 seeded Wolfpack (22-13, 10-8 ACC) inspired themselves to stun No. 1 Villanova, 71-68, on Saturday in the round of 32 to setup this encounter against fellow ACC outfits Louisville.
Trevor Lacey had 17 points and four assists to lead the Wolfpack in that thriller.
NC State defeated Louisville 74-65 when they last met on Feb. 14 in Louisville, Ky and Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino is expecting another tough encounter.
”We have great respect for them,” said Pitino. ”They beat us at home. A lot of teams don’t beat us at home.
“It was a close game, and then they pulled away. They’re a team right now that can beat you so many different ways.”
On the season, NC State is averaging 70.4 points on a 43.7 percent shooting from the floor. NC State is averaging 37.8 rebounds and 11.6 assists.
Also, NC State is shooting 68.6 percent from the free throw line and 35.4 percent from the three-pointer.
On the defensive end, NC State is allowing 65.5 points against the opposing teams.
Only three players are scoring in double digits for NC State, they are: Lacey (15.7), Ralston Turner (12.8) and Anthony Barber (12.3). Kyle Washington is the next scorer with 6.7 points per game.
No. 4 Louisville (26-8, 12-6 ACC) edged Northern Iowa, 66-53, on Sunday in the Round of 32. Terry Rozier scored 25 points to lead the way for the Cardinals.
On the season, Louisville is averaging 69.2 points on a 42.9 percent shooting from the field. Louisville is averaging 38.2 rebounds and 11.7 assists.
Moreover, Louisville is shooting 66.7 points from the free throw line and 30.8 percent from the three-pointer.
Defensively, the Cardinals are giving up 59.2 points per game against the opposing teams.
Four players are scoring in double digits for Louisville, they are: Terry Rozier (17.2), Montrezl Harrell (15.4), Chris Jones (13.7), Wayne Blackshear (11.1).
The problem for Louisville is the depth because the fifth leading scorer is Quentin Snider, averaging only 3.8 points. Harrell is the leading rebounder with 9.2 per game while Jones is averaging 3.6 assists.
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NC State vs Louisville: NCAA Sweet 16
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Game Date: Friday, March 27
Game Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Site: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. (35,012)
Television: TBS – Verne Lundquist, play-by-play; Jim Spanarkel, analyst; Allie LaForce, reporter.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst. Also – Westwood One: Ian Eagle, play-by-play; P.J. Carlisemo, analyst. (national broadcast – Sirius 92, XM 202)