GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Quick thoughts from North Carolina State's 58-52 win over Florida State:
Anarchy has consumed the ACC tournament. Teams seeded 11th and 12th have reached the semifinals, along with a seventh seed -- and Duke. Of course. teams seeded 2 through 6 all lost their first game.
North Carolina State rode the classic Hoosier shooting stroke of freshman Scott Wood to this victory. Wood went straight Jimmy Chitwood on the Seminoles, making six 3-point shots. When the two teams met in January, he made seven. Get a hand up, Noles.
NC State also got two key baskets from big man Tracy Smith in the final minute to solidify the win. Smith struggled against the defense of 7-foot-1 Solomon Alabi most of the night, but came through in the clutch with with a pick-and-roll dunk on a nice feed from Javier Gonzalez, then made a baseline jumper.
This marks the second time in four years that NC State coach Sidney Lowe has guided a major underdog team into the ACCC semis. In 2007, the Wolfpack made it all the way to the final before losing to North Carolina.
The Marriott in downtown Greensboro is the hotel of winners. Both of the lowest seeded teams, NC State and Miami, are staying there. It will be rockin tonight in the lobby.