GREENSBORO, N.C. ——North Carolina State icon Sidney Lowe probably coached his final game for the Wolfpack on Thursday.
Maryland defeated State 75-67 in the first round of the ACC tournament, ending Lowe's fifth season on the bench at 15-16. The Wolfpack is 86-68 during his tenure, 25-55 in conference play, and has not made the NCAA tournament.
The point guard on State's 1983 national championship team, and the Most Valuable Player of that year's ACC tournament, Lowe replaced Herb Sendek, who guided the Wolfpack to five consecutive NCAA appearances before leaving for Arizona State.
The athletic director who hired Lowe, Lee Fowler, has since been replaced by former Maryland AD Debbie Yow.
"I'm a basketball coach, so you always want to coach," Lowe said when asked about his future. "We're going to sit down and talk. That's what Debbie has said from day one. … We'll see where it goes."
Maryland (19-13) faces Duke (27-4) in Friday's quarterfinals. The Blue Devils swept the Terps during the regular season.
BC trio dominates Wake
Forget the Miami Heat's LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh trio. Three Boston College players outscored Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Reggie Jackson, Joe Trapani and Biko Paris combined for 70 points in the Eagles' 81-67 victory.
BC (20-11) advances to a Friday quarterfinal against Clemson (20-10). The winner virtually clinches an NCAA tournament bid, with the loser relegated to sweating Selection Sunday.
The Tigers defeated the visiting Eagles 77-69 in their only regular-season meeting.
While upperclassmen fueled BC on Thursday, freshman Travis McKie of Richmond led Wake (8-24) with 16 points and 12 boards.
The Deacons' only ACC victory this season was over Virginia, and they are the first team in conference history to lose 24 games. Virginia lost 23 in 1961, Georgia Tech in '81.
The record is more jarring since Wake was 20-11 last season, 9-7 in the ACC, and defeated Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Kentucky.
"Obviously, defensively we need to improve," first-year Deacons coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "That will happen. We need to get stronger on the boards. That will happen."
Bzdelik took over from the fired Dino Gaudio after three seasons as Colorado's head coach. His teams there were 36-58, 10-38 in the Big 12. This year, the Buffaloes are 21-12 and poised to make the NCAA tournament.
Draw your own conclusions.
Florida State's best player, All-ACC forward Chris Singleton, is questionable for Friday's quarterfinal against the winner of Thursday's late game between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.
Singleton missed the final five games of the regular season with a broken right foot. He leads the Seminoles in scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.1 per game) and finished second to North Carolina's John Henson in ACC Defensive Player of the Year voting.
No need for FSU to rush Singleton's return. The Seminoles are assured a third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.