It was Senior Night for Virginia Tech but the Hokies main senior player Victor Davila was unable to play due to a groin pull and the stands were half empty because students are on a break. Furthermore, the below-.500 Hokies played sloppily and could not shoot, even open shots. But N.C. State’s 70-58 victory over a team that was actually favored in Las Vegas may be enough to help the Wolfpack get into the NCAA tournament.
Scott Wood and C.J. Leslie led the Pack scoring with 19 and 18 points respectively as State won its 20th game for the first time since 2006. The Wolfpack, now 20-11 and 9-7 in the ACC, also stopped a four-game losing streak to Virginia Tech.
The win also puts the Pack in the No. 5 position heading into the ACC tournament Thursday at 2 p.m. against No. 12 Boston College.
The Wolfpack has been considered a bubble team but a winning record in the ACC (tied for fourth in the league) should be enough to get the Pack in the NCAA under first-year head coach Mark Gottfried. A win over BC in the ACC tourney would likely sew up a trip to the NCAAs.