State Now: Wolfpack wary of expectations

Staff writerOctober 17, 2012 

CHARLOTTE — The preseason attention is nice, N.C. State junior C.J. Leslie admits, but it doesn't mean much.

The ACC coaches picked the Wolfpack to win the league earlier this week and the media will vote today in Charlotte. The coaches also picked Leslie, who led the Wolfpack with 14.7 points and added 7.3 rebounds per game, as the preseason player of the year.

"It's all great, getting picked this and that but when the games start, it doesn't help us whatsoever," Leslie said Wednesday.

The coaches voted on the league order and player awards for the first time this season. The media has made its annual selections since 1970. N.C. State has been picked to win the ACC twice by the media, in 1974 and 1975.

The Wolfpack hasn't won the ACC regular season since 1989 and hasn't won the ACC title since 1987.

N.C. State won 24 games last season, coach Mark Gottfried's first, and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 and reached the Sweet 16. The Pack has four starters back, including Leslie and junior guard Lorenzo Brown, and has added three McDonald's All-Americans.

Senior forward Richard Howell said getting picked by the coaches to win is better than being picked to finish last but it's still not that important.

"It's just something that somebody picked off of what we did last year," Howell said. "We haven't proved anything this year."

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