N.C. State Has Vengeance On Its Mind
What likely was an inconsequential side note to most Maryland followers at the end of the Terps' March 1 win at N.C. State apparently remained stuck in the craw of Wolfpack fans.
Greivis Vasquez took an ill-advised three-pointer at the buzzer that went in and pushed the final margin to 71-60. The move widely was seen as a show of poor sportsmanship, and fans in attendance booed Vasquez as he left the court.
Vasquez apologized for the decision afterward, but it seems N.C. State fans have not forgiven him just yet. I'm not sure how many Wolfpack fans will make the trek down to Atlanta for Thursday's matchup, but it wouldn't be surprising to hear a smattering of boos directed at Vasquez at some point from N.C. State's traveling party.
The players probably will be less concerned with Vasquez's antics than they will with doing a better job of containing him than they did the last time around. Vasquez tallied 33 points during the March 1 victory. Take away that final three-pointer, and it was still an impressive night.
N.C. State guard Courtney Fells was matched up primarily against Vasquez during that meeting, but Fells sat out of the Wolfpack's regular season finale with a groin injury. On the ACC coaches' teleconference earlier today, N.C. State Coach Sidney Lowe said Fells is expected to play on Thursday.
"I anticipate him being ready to play," Lowe said. "If he’s 100 percent, I don’t know, but he’ll definitely play."
March 9, 2009; 1:24 PM ET
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