The Wolfpack stays alive: No, N.C. State's game against Boston College on Thursday in the first round of the ACC tournament wasn't supposed to be difficult. And it wasn't. Still, N.C. State's easy 78-57 victory can't be undervalued.
It kept the Wolfpack's NCAA tournament hopes alive, and now fifth-seeded N.C. State could significantly bolster those hopes with a victory today against fourth-seeded Virginia.
Maryland's future: The Terrapins entered the ACC tournament without much to play for, at least on the surface, but they still managed to put together one of their most complete games of the season during an 82-60 victory against Wake Forest.
With sophomore Terrell Stoglin and freshmen Nick Faust and Alex Len, it seems better times are ahead in College Park.
The "KH" controversy: Officials Bernard Clinton, Mike Eades and Jamie Luckie created unnecessary drama when they taped Karl Hess' initials to their shoes before calling Maryland's victory.
As one might expect, N.C. State fans - still upset over Hess' recent ejections of former Wolfpack players Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta - viewed the move as another slap in the face from ACC officials.
Luckie and company should have known better.
Wake Forest's performance: The Deacons had nothing to play for Thursday, and that's exactly how they played in a disappointing loss against Maryland that capped a disappointing 13-18 season.
Wake Forest at one point trailed by 29 points, and the Deacons appeared to give up early in the second half. They didn't provide many indications that the future will be that much better than the recent past.
Number to know: 18
Eighteen assists might not seem like a lot, especially to those who consistently follow North Carolina. But Maryland's 18 assists against Wake Forest represented the second-most the Terrapins have had all season.
First-year coach Mark Turgeon has long been attempting to get his team to play more like a cohesive unit, and it seemed like Maryland finally got the message.
Player stat line of the day
N.C. State junior guard Scott Wood scored 22 points to lead the Wolfpack to a victory against Boston College. He struggled with his shot through much of the second half of the season, but he made 7 of 11 attempts from the field Thursday, 5-for-9 on 3-point attempts.
Wood has now made 13 3-pointers in N.C. State's past three games, after making just four combined in the four games before that.
Coach line of the day
"It's hard to tell. I wish we knew. I wish we had a crystal ball and we could look in there to tell us exactly. For us, the answer is to continue to win. I don't know if that's one game, two games, three games. ... I know if we win this tournament, we get to go. Our guys come over here, and that's our goal is to win the tournament."
- N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried on his team's NCAA tournament prospects.