RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) If North Carolina State is going to make it back to the NCAA tournament once again, Mark Gottfried's club will have to do it in very different fashion than a year ago.
The Wolfpack hopped on the back of Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year T.J. Warren and made a late-season surge to return to the NCAAs for the third time in as many seasons under Gottfried. With Warren in the NBA, it's now on the returning supporting cast to step up with more scoring production and inside-out balance to get there again.
"Last year we had the luxury of having a player like T.J. Warren bail you out of tough situations, get you a basket if the offense broke down," Gottfried said. "He just had that ability to make life easy for your team.