Basketball, sponsored by the campus YMCA, began in the fall of 1910.
The football, basketball, and baseball teams had bulldog mascots named "Togo" and "Tige."
The A&M College basketball team, known as the Farmers, played their first official game at Wake Forest losing 33-6.
The A&M College basketball team played against Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh and won 19-18.
Harry Hartsell was hired as General Manager of Athletics and oversaw coaching of the basketball, football, track, and baseball teams.
The team defeated UNC-Chapel Hill, 39-29, to capture the undisputed state championship for the second straight season.
Previously known as the "Techs," the basketball team became known as the "Red Terrors."
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.
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.
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
With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claimed their first Southern Conference championship.
Morris Johnson was the first State College basketball player to receive All-American honors.
Basketball player Arthur "Bud" Rose received an All-American honorable mention for the 1931-1932 season.
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.
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.
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.
The basketball team placed third in their first appearance in a national tournament known as the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NC State athletics teams withdrew from the Southern Conference and joined the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.
A game in the 4th annual World Series of Basketball, featuring the 1953 All-Americans against the Harlem Globetrotters, was played in Reynolds Coliseum.
NC State played Wake Forest at Gore Gymnasium on Wake campus in the first ACC game for both schools.
The men's basketball team won the ACC championship for the inaugural year of competition in the newly-formed conference.
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.
The basketball team won the Dixie Classic Tournament against several powerhouse teams, including four teams ranked in the Associated Press's top ten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Ed Leftwich joined the basketball team and was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.
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.
The Case Athletics Center opened and was named after Everett N. Case, men's basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.
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.
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.
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.
Before defeating Marquette for NC State's first NCAA men's basketball championship, State beats UCLA and sparked a huge riot on Hillsborough Street.
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.
Wilbert Johnson, the first African American assistant coach for men's basketball at NC State, was hired by head coach Norm Sloan.
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.
Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the men's basketball team won the 1983 NCAA championship.
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.
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.
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.
Les Robinson was hired as men's basketball head coach. Robinson played at NC State for head coach Everett Case in the early 1960s.
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.
NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta was selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.
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).
For the first time since 1986, the men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament.
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.
Former Wolfpack basketball player Nate McMillan served as assistant men's basketball coach under Mike Krzyzewski in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.