Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball
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1910s

1910 Basketball team formed

Basketball, sponsored by the campus YMCA, began in the fall of 1910.

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1910-1919 Bulldog mascot established for sports team

The football, basketball, and baseball teams had bulldog mascots named "Togo" and "Tige."

North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts baseball team with mascot, TogoNorth Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts baseball team with mascot, Togo
1911-1912 Piggy Hargrove, men's basketball head coach
2/8/1911 First basketball game played

The A&M College basketball team, known as the Farmers, played their first official game at Wake Forest losing 33-6.

2/20/1911 First basketball game played in Raleigh

The A&M College basketball team played against Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh and won 19-18.

1913, 1916 Chuck Sandborn, men's basketball head coach
1914 John Hegarty, men's basketball head coach
1915 H. S. Tucker, men's basketball head coach
1917 Harry Hartsell hired as Athletics General Manager

Harry Hartsell was hired as General Manager of Athletics and oversaw coaching of the basketball, football, track, and baseball teams.

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1918 Men's basketball won State Championship
1918 Athletics Council votes to make basketball a recognized sport
03/15/1919 Men's basketball team defeated UNC

The team defeated UNC-Chapel Hill, 39-29, to capture the undisputed state championship for the second straight season.

N.C. State College basketball team, 1919N.C. State College basketball team, 1919
1919 Tal Stafford, men's basketball head coach
The Agromeck 1919The Agromeck 1919

1920s

1920-1921, 1924 Richard Crozier, men's head basketball coach
1923-1924 Basketball team became "Red Terrors"

Previously known as the "Techs," the basketball team became known as the "Red Terrors."

1925-1930 Gus Tebell, men's basketball head coach

During Tebell's career, the basketball team was the first in school history to win 20 games, and the 1929 team brought home NC State’s only conference title in the first 35 years of the program.

Gus Tebell, NC State University - FB. - Coach, 1927Gus Tebell, NC State University - FB. - Coach, 1927
6/8/1925 Thompson Gymnasium Dedicated

Thompson Hall was dedicated as Thompson Gymnasium on this date. It was the first on-campus home dedicated to basketball. Previously, home basketball games had been played in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The building was designed by architect Hobart Upjohn and named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson. The NC State basketball team played there until Reynolds Coliseum opened in 1949.

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1927-1928 Jack McDowall named "Top Athlete"

McDowall played on the football, men's basketball, baseball, and track & field teams earning 11 varsity letters in the four sports. In 1927 and 1928, he won the Norris Athletic Trophy as NC State's top athlete. He held the school record for the longest punt return at 95 yards. He was considered NC State's top athlete of the first half-century of the college's athletics program. He was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965, the ... More

Alumni News, Vol. 9 No. 5 and 6, February and March 1926Alumni News, Vol. 9 No. 5 and 6, February and March 1926
1929 Basketball team won first conference championship

With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claimed their first Southern Conference championship.

1930s

1930 Morris Johnson received All-American honors

Morris Johnson was the first State College basketball player to receive All-American honors.

1931-1940 R. R. Sermon, men's basketball head coach
1932 Arthur "Bud" Rose was first All-American mention

Basketball player Arthur "Bud" Rose received an All-American honorable mention for the 1931-1932 season.

02/26/1932 NC State hosted Southern Conference Tournament

The Southern Conference Tournament moved to Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium. Raleigh was the site of the Southern Conference Tournament until 1953 and later the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament beginning in 1954.

1940s

1941-1942 Bob Warren, men's basketball head coach
1942 Ground broken on Reynolds Coliseum

Construction for a new basketball arena and ROTC armory began in 1942. Construction was interrupted for many years because of World War II. The building was named for businessman William Neal Reynolds and funding to begin construction came from the Works Progress Administration.

Reynolds Coliseum under construction, July 1, 1949.Reynolds Coliseum under construction, July 1, 1949.
1943-1946 Leroy Jay, men's basketball head coach
Coach LeRoy Jay portraitCoach LeRoy Jay portrait
1946-1965 Everett Case, men's basketball coach

Everett Case served as men's basketball head coach with duties beginning on July 1st, 1946. Case coached at NC State until 1965 and was the highest game-winning basketball coach in the school's history. Case was named ACC's "Coach of the Year" in 1954, 1955 and 1958.

Coach Everett CaseCoach Everett Case
1947 First basketball appearance in national tournament

The basketball team placed third in their first appearance in a national tournament known as the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

N.C. State and DePaul University vie in the National Invitational Tournament. DePaul won 75-64.N.C. State and DePaul University vie in the National Invitational Tournament. DePaul won 75-64.
1947 Wolfpack name became official

All NC State athletics teams adopted Wolfpack as the official name. Previously, only the football team was called the Wolfpack, and other sports teams were called the Red Terrors and a variety of other names.

2/25/1947 Basketball team forfeited game

The men's basketball team forfeited a game against UNC after a Raleigh fire chief declared that the Thompson Gymnasium was too crowded and students refuse to leave the building.

Thompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the backgroundThompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the background
1/17/1948 Thompson Gymnasium condemned

The Raleigh City Building Inspector condemned Thompson Gymnasium hours before a men's basketball game against Duke. Only a few reporters and college officials were allowed to attend the next home game against High Point College. From then until the completion of Reynolds Coliseum in 1949, home games were played in Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium.

Men outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concernsMen outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concerns
12/28/1949-12/30/1949 Inaugural Dixie Classic held

The inaugural Dixie Classic tournament was held. The tournament was initiated by Coach Everett N. Case so that the men's basketball team wouldn't have to play out of town during the winter holidays, and it continued every year into the 1960s.

NC State College player Warren Cartier in game against Georgia Tech in Dixie Classic basketball tournament game at Reynolds ColiseumNC State College player Warren Cartier in game against Georgia Tech in Dixie Classic basketball tournament game at Reynolds Coliseum
12/2/1949 Reynolds Coliseum opened

Reynolds Coliseum opened with the NC State men's basketball team beating Washington and Lee, 67-47. Not all of the seats had been installed, so some fans had to sit on the cement tiers.

First game in Reynolds ColiseumFirst game in Reynolds Coliseum

1950s

1950 Dick Dickey was leading scorer in basketball

Richard "Dick" Dickey became the first NC State men's basketball player to score 1000 career points with an all-time score of 1644 points. He was the only four-time all-conference player in NC State history and MVP in the 1949 inaugural Dixie Classic. He was a member of NC State's first Final Four team in 1950 (the team placed 3rd in the NCAA that year), and he played in 4 consecutive Southern Conference Championships. He was the first NC State ... More

North Carolina State College all-American basketball player Dick Dickey.North Carolina State College all-American basketball player Dick Dickey.
1953 Atlantic Coast Conference formed

NC State athletics teams withdrew from the Southern Conference and joined the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.

4/1/1953 World Series of Basketball hosted on campus

A game in the 4th annual World Series of Basketball, featuring the 1953 All-Americans against the Harlem Globetrotters, was played in Reynolds Coliseum.

12/08/1953 NC State played first ACC Game

NC State played Wake Forest at Gore Gymnasium on Wake campus in the first ACC game for both schools.

3/1954 ACC basketball championship won

The men's basketball team won the ACC championship for the inaugural year of competition in the newly-formed conference.

Coach Everett Case and basketball playersCoach Everett Case and basketball players
1955-1956 Ronnie Shavlik named All-American

Men's basketball player Ronnie Shavlik was named All-American player for the 1955 and 1956 seasons. He was the ACC's first All-American player, and he led the Wolfpack to three consecutive ACC titles in the league's first three seasons. After leaving NC State he played two seasons with the New York Knicks. In 2013, he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ronnie Shavlik (#84)Ronnie Shavlik (#84)
1958 Dixie Classic Tournament won

The basketball team won the Dixie Classic Tournament against several powerhouse teams, including four teams ranked in the Associated Press's top ten.

N.C. State College basketball team -- 1958 Atlantic Coast Conference and Dixie Classic championsN.C. State College basketball team -- 1958 Atlantic Coast Conference and Dixie Classic champions
1959 Lou Pucillo named ACC's "Player of the Year"

Pucillo was named ACC "Player of the Year" and ACC "Athlete of the Year" in 1959. The same year, he was also named AP All-American and UPI All American. In 2002, he was honored as an ACC Legend, and he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Guard Lou Pucillo, N.C. StateGuard Lou Pucillo, N.C. State
3/9/1959 Men's basketball won ACC championship

The NC State men's basketball team beat UNC to win the ACC championship, 80-56. The victory marked Coach Everett Case's eleventh championship win in his thirteen years of coaching.

1960s

1964-1966 Press Maravich, men's basketball head coach
Basketball Coach Press Maravich portraitBasketball Coach Press Maravich portrait
4/30/1966 Everett Case remembered for legendary career

Men's basketball coach Everett Case passed away on this date. His record at NC State was 378-133, and he led the team to numerous Southern Conference and ACC championships. At his funeral, his last recruiting class of players served as pallbearers. In 2012, he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Coach Everett Case and his playersCoach Everett Case and his players
1966-1980 Norm Sloan, men's basketball head coach

Norman Sloan was hired as the new head basketball coach at NC State in 1966. Sloan, who was a player on Everett Case's first basketball team at State (1946-1947), went on to become the second highest game-wining coach in NC State men's basketball history behind Case. His record included the 1974 NCAA championship. He was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Head Coach Norm SloanHead Coach Norm Sloan
4/24/1967 William Cooper received grant-in-aid

Cooper became the first African American athlete at NC State to receive a grant-in-aid. He began playing on the freshman basketball team in the fall of 1967.

1967-1968 First African American freshman basketball players

Alfred "Al" Heartley and William Cooper became the first African American members of the freshman basketball team. Heartley later went on to play on the varsity team.

N.C. State freshmen basketball team, 1967N.C. State freshmen basketball team, 1967
1967 Al Heartley joined the NC State basketball team

Al Heartley was one of the first African American players on the basketball team. In 1969, he became the first African American to be awarded a basketball scholarship at NC State. He later became the first African American captain of the team (1970-1971) and the first African American to win the Alumni Athletics trophy (1971).

Guard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketballGuard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketball
1968 Ed Leftwich joined basketball team

Ed Leftwich joined the basketball team and was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.

Ed Leftwich, N. C. StateEd Leftwich, N. C. State

1970s

4/11/1970 Tommy Burleson went to NC State

All-American basketball player Tommy Burleson announced his decision to accept a scholarship offer to play for NC State. Burleson would go on to be a key member of NC State's 1974 National Championship team. He was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team. In 2013, he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Silver medal Olympian and NC State basketball player Tommy BurlesonSilver medal Olympian and NC State basketball player Tommy Burleson
1972 Case Athletics Center opened

The Case Athletics Center opened and was named after Everett N. Case, men's basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.

Case Athletic CenterCase Athletic Center
1973 First African American All-American winner

David Thompson was named NC State's first African American All-American winner in basketball. In 2012, he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

David ThompsonDavid Thompson
3/10/1973 Undefeated regular season for basketball team

NC State defeated Maryland, 76-74, in the finals of the ACC basketball tournament and won the conference championship. Junior center Tommy Burleson was named the ACC Tournament MVP. The wins ended an undefeated season for the Wolfpack at 27-0.

1974 Men's basketball team visited the Philippines

The men's basketball team participated in an exhibition game, led by coach Norman Sloan, during a trip to the Philippines. NC State played against teams from Asian countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

N.C. State basketball team plays Japan during trip to the PhilippinesN.C. State basketball team plays Japan during trip to the Philippines
3/23/1974 NC State beats UCLA in NCAA tournament

Before defeating Marquette for NC State's first NCAA men's basketball championship, State beats UCLA and sparked a huge riot on Hillsborough Street.

Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.
3/25/1974 Men's basketball won NCAA championship

NC State defeated Marquette, 76-64, in the finals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC, to win the 1974 National Championship. Junior forward David Thompson is named the Tournament MVP. The Wolfpack also received key contributions from Tom Burleson, Monte Towe, Tim Stoddard, and Mo Rivers during the championship run.

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1975 Wilbert Johnson hired as assistant coach

Wilbert Johnson, the first African American assistant coach for men's basketball at NC State, was hired by head coach Norm Sloan.

Coach Wilbert Johnson portraitCoach Wilbert Johnson portrait

1980s

1980-1990 Jim Valvano, men's basketball coach

Known as "Jimmy V," Jim Valvano was the men's basketball coach from 1980 to 1990. His record at NC State was 209-114 and included the 1983 NCAA championship and 2 ACC titles. The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in his honor after Valvano passed on April 28, 1993. In 2012, he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

James "Jim" Valvano of N. C. StateJames "Jim" Valvano of N. C. State
03/13/1983 Men's basketball won ACC championship
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04/04/1983 Men's basketball won NCAA championship

Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the men's basketball team won the 1983 NCAA championship.

Head Coach James "Jim" Valvano, Quentin Jackson, and men's basketball teamHead Coach James "Jim" Valvano, Quentin Jackson, and men's basketball team
1983 Tim Stoddard won NCAA basketball title and World Series

Multi-sport athlete Tim Stoddard was a member of the 1974 national championship basketball team and later won the 1983 World Series, making him the only person to win both a NCAA basketball title and World Series ring.

6/28/1983 Basketball players selected in NBA draft

All three seniors from NC State's 1983 national championship men's basketball team were selected in the NBA draft. Thurl Bailey was chosen 7th overall by the Utah Jazz, Sidney Lowers chosen by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round, and Dereck Whittenburg was picked in the third round by the Phoenix Suns.

N.C. State basketball's Derek Whittenburg, Thurl Bailey, and Sidney Lowe celebrate their ACC Championship, 1983 [!DUPLICATE!]N.C. State basketball's Derek Whittenburg, Thurl Bailey, and Sidney Lowe celebrate their ACC Championship, 1983 [!DUPLICATE!]
1985 Terry Gannon graduated

Terry Gannon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He had been a member of the "Cardiac Pack" men's basketball team that won the 1983 NCAA championship. He later became a sportscaster for ESPN, ABC and other media outlets.

1990s

1990-1996 Les Robinson, men's basketball head coach

Les Robinson was hired as men's basketball head coach. Robinson played at NC State for head coach Everett Case in the early 1960s.

N. C. State's Les RobinsonN. C. State's Les Robinson
02/16/1991 Rodney Monroe was leading scorer

Rodney Monroe scored 26 points in a 60-59 win at Connecticut to become NC State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,327 career points. He played with the Atlanta Hawks after graduating from NC State.

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6/24/1992 Tom Gugliotta selected in NBA draft

NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta was selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.

1992 alumni athletics trophy winner Tom Gugliotta1992 alumni athletics trophy winner Tom Gugliotta
1996-2007 Herb Sendek, men's basketball head coach
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11/19/1999 First game played at PNC Arena

The NC State men's basketball team beat Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the PNC Arena (formerly known as the Entertainment and Sports Arena and the RBC Center).

First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999

2000s

03/20/2005 Men's basketball advanced to Sweet Sixteen

For the first time since 1986, the men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament.

2006-2011 Sidney Lowe was first African American men's basketball head coach

Sidney Lowe served as the first African American head coach of the men's basketball team from 2006 to 2011. Lowe was the starting point guard for NC State's 1983 basketball team which won the national championship.

NC State basketball's Sidney Lowe looks for a receiver for his passNC State basketball's Sidney Lowe looks for a receiver for his pass
2008-2012 Nate McMillan coached Olympic basketball teams

Former Wolfpack basketball player Nate McMillan served as assistant men's basketball coach under Mike Krzyzewski in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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2009-2010 NC State celebrated its 100th season of basketball

2010s

2011-2017 Mark Gottfried, men's basketball head coach
03/17/2017 Kevin Keatts, men's basketball head coach

Kevin Keatts was named the 20th head basketball coach in school history.

Kevin Keatts Press ConferenceKevin Keatts Press Conference