Against Houston: Played all 40 minutes. Typical Lowe performance: Game-high 8 assists, 0 turnovers, 8 points.
In his words: I started basketball when I was 7 years old. Back then, the only dream was to play in junior high. When I made that, the dream was to play in high school. When I made that, the dream was college, and the national championship.
Wolfpack career: Left N.C. State with single game (18), single season (271) and career (762) assists records. Still the ACCs career leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.94/1). Two-time All-ACC.
Now: Assistant coach with the Utah Jazz. Lives in Raleigh.
Against Houston: Finished with 14 points and one assist not including the most famous pass in Final Four history.
In his words: I told Lorenzo to be ready for the pass. It was designed that way all along. ... When I got the ball, I couldnt see the clock. I didnt want us to go into overtime without getting a shot off, so I just put it up. I really didnt know where the goal was or how far away I was. When I looked up, I saw Lorenzo grabbing and putting it back.
Wolfpack career: Ranks 28th in scoring (1,272 points).
Now: Analyst with ESPN. Lives in New York.
Against Houston: He struggled, hitting just 1 of 6 shots before The Dunk. He finished with 4 points, 7 rebounds.
In his words: I knew when Whit let the shot go that it was short. I didnt know where Akeem was, just that he was behind me. I knew I was the closest one to the basketball. I just went up and dunked it.
Wolfpack career: Finished with 1,535 points, at the time 10th in Wolfpack history. Led Pack in scoring his final two seasons. Had four 30-point games; only eight players had more.
Now: Charles died in a bus crash in June 2011. He was 47.
Against Houston: Scored a team-high 15 points in 39 minutes.
In his words: For a second, I wasnt sure about anything. I thought: That didnt really happen, did it?
Wolfpack career: Scored 1,495 points in his career, at the time 11th in Wolfpack history. First in career blocked shots (207), a stat kept since 1976.
Now: Announcer with Utah Jazz.
Against Houston: Only scored 4 points, but grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, including the one to set up N.C. States winning shot.
In his words: We were practicing . . . and in walks the Houston players. They were to practice after we finished. But they had on shades and Walkmans. We were like, Who are these guys, the Globetrotters? They were like rock stars.
Wolfpack career: Finished with 715 points and 121 blocks, fifth-most in program history since 1976. Biggest basket might have been his follow shot to force overtime against Pepperdine in the opening round.
Now: Long-stance truck driver, lives in Cary.
Against Houston: Made 3 of 4 shots, finished with 7 points and 2 assists in 18 minutes.
In his words: It was helter-skelter at that moment because the ball wasnt supposed to go into the corner. But Thurl kept his cool and tossed it back out. Its hard to believe we won on a second-shot dunk when thats Houstons game.
Wolfpack career: Sharp-shooter made single-season record 58.9 percent of his 3s in the 1983 season. Twice hit 7 3s in one game. Finished with 900 points.
Now: Long-time golf analyst, lives in Los Angeles.
Against Houston: Scored 2 points in 4 minutes.
In his words: Here they are all season, bragging about their dunks, calling themselves Phi Slama Jama, and they get one slama in the middle of the game, and we get one jama at the end. Its real ironic, isnt it?
Wolfpack career: Scored 112 points.
Now: Local minister, lives in Apex.
Against Houston: Grabbed one rebound in brief appearance.
In his words: Years later, people still remember that team. It was a bunch of good guys, good teammates, good people.
Wolfpack career: Scored 1,249 points, 31st in school history.
Now: Regional Advertising Manager for Motor Vehicle Network, lives in Cary with wife Annabelle, N.C. State sports information director.
Sources: N.C. State, News & Observer files, Charlotte Observer files, Washington Post, New Orleans Times-Picayune.