NC State ends season of unfulfilled expectations


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State never came close to living up to preseason expectations.

The Wolfpack entered the year with a top-10 ranking and as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite. N.C. State ended it with another year added to the program's extended ACC championship drought as well as a quick exit from the NCAA tournament with Friday's loss to Temple.

Second-year coach Mark Gottfried said afterward his team struggled with immaturity and a lack of consistent focus on defense, and even alluded to problems with having "everybody buy in all the way."

N.C. State will lose seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood, and must wait to find out whether Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie will enter the NBA draft.

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