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NIT first round preview: USF Bulls vs. North Carolina State

North Carolina State junior center Tracy Smith, right, averaged 15.6 points in three games in the ACC tournament to help lead the Wolfpack to a surprise semifinal appearance as the No. 11 seed.

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North Carolina State junior center Tracy Smith, right, averaged 15.6 points in three games in the ACC tournament to help lead the Wolfpack to a surprise semifinal appearance as the No. 11 seed.

When/where: 8 tonight; Sun Dome, Tampa

TV/radio: ESPNU; 1250 AM

Records: USF 20-12, 9-9 Big East; NCSU 19-15, 5-11 ACC

Notable: What will the crowd be like for USF's first home postseason game in 15 years? Tickets range from $8-30 for the general public, with USF students and youth under 18 getting in for $4. USF G Dominique Jones is one of 26 players on the final ballot for the Wooden Award, given to the nation's top player. He has scored at least 20 points in five straight games. He has made more free throws (43) than field goals (31) in that span. USF's post players will have to contain Wolfpack F Tracy Smith, who leads the team with 16.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Tonight's winner plays the winner between UAB, the second seed in USF's quarter of the draw, and seventh seed Coastal Carolina, sometime between Thursday and Sunday. NCSU has played well against Florida teams, beating Miami and getting two wins against Florida State, including Friday in the ACC tournament.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

NIT: First round

USF vs. North Carolina State

NIT first round preview: USF Bulls vs. North Carolina State 03/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 15, 2010 11:34pm]
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