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ACC Tournament 2012 Bracket Preview: N.C. State Vs. Boston College

The second game of Thursday's opening round of the 2012 ACC Tournament will feature a matchup of fifth seeded N.C. State against the twelfth seed Boston College. The Wolfpack finished with a 20-11 record overall and a 9-7 conference mark which new coach Mark Gottfried is hoping is enough to get his club into this year's NCAA Tournament. N.C. State can help state its case with a win or two this week in Atlanta.

N.C. State boasted a balanced offensive attack with five different players averaging double figure points led by C.J. Leslie's 14.3. Leslie also led the team in rebounding averaging 7.1 boards per contest. The Wolfpack beat up on the bottom half of the league going 6-1 against the bottom four teams in the league. Conversely they were 0-5 against the top four teams.

Boston College struggled its way through a 9-21 regular season going 4-12 in conference play. The Eagles lost five of its last six games. N.C. State won both regular season matchups against the Eagles.

For more on this game N.C. State fans should check out Backing The Pack while Boston College fans should take a look at BC Interruption. For more college basketball news and analysis head on over to SB Nation's College Basketball page.

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