NC State upset San Diego State 79-65 in their first-round Friday NCAA Tournament game, upsetting many office pools across the country. What does it mean for your March Madness bracket?
The game was one of the most-anticipated first-round match-ups as 11-seed NC State was on a tear at the end of the regular season, coming within just three points of beating the mighty University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament.
And North Carolina State made the bracketologists happy who picked them for a first-round upset, as they dispensed with San Diego State in fashion.
Wolfpack forward Richard Howell had a huge game, with 15 points already by the time the teams headed to the locker room for the half-time break, and guard Lazaro Brown notched 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, in a dominating performance.
SD State's sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin carried the Aztecs with 23 points and eight rebounds of his own, but he couldn't keep the team in contention as NC State's lead widened.
San Diego State was seen by many observers as one of the weakest six-seeds in the tourney, and NC State is consistently rated as a sleeper candidate for a Cinderella run to the third round or further, as its second-seed game is against Georgetown, which was no powerhouse as the season wound down, falling early in the Big East Tournament.
NC State's regular-season losses were nearly all to ranked teams and the team is dominating so far this game on defense, so as for your bracket don't bet against NC State, they could make it at least to the third round without really shocking anyone who follows college basketball closely.