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NCAA Basketball Scores 2012: NC State's Upset Win Proves How Dangerous They Are

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16:  C.J. Williams #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates winning 79-65 against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2012

North Carolina State's upset win over a talented San Diego State team in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament proves that the Wolfpack are a dangerous squad no one will want to play.

NC State comfortably defeated the Aztecs 79-65 after taking a four-point lead into halftime on Friday. Wolfpack star Richard Howell scored 22 points, while Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie added 17 and 15 points, respectively, in the victory.

The Wolfpack became the first No. 11 seed to defeat a No. 6 seed in this year's tournament, and will play either No. 3 seed Georgetown or No. 14 seed Belmont in the third round.

NC State is going to be a tough battle for the Hoyas, who will likely beat Belmont in their second-round meeting.

The Wolfpack are battle tested and have a talented offense. Their guard play is superb and they play an unselfish style of basketball, which is one reason they ranked 13th in the country this season, with 16 assists per game.

NC State is playing some of their best basketball of the season right now and are full of confidence. They have won five of their last six games, with the only loss being a narrow two-point defeat to North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals.

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16: C.J. Leslie #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack is congratulated by teammates after exiting the game against the San Diego State Aztecs late in the second half during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tourname
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Going into March Madness, Georgetown had lost two of their last three games, including defeats to Marquette and Cincinnati, both of whom advanced to the third round of the tournament. 

The Hoyas are not a good rebounding team and were ranked 145th in the country in scoring this year. If Georgetown or Belmont don't play well against the Wolfpack in the third round, NC State could certainly find themselves playing in the Sweet 16 next weekend.

After a confidence-boosting win over San Diego State, the Wolfpack are a dangerous team that could make a surprising run in the NCAA tournament.


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