Wolfpack, Pirates meet in Wichita

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Speaking after eighth-seeded Seton Hall's 94-83 victory over No. 9 seed NC State at Intrust Bank Arena, Rodriguez explained that he already has a little familiarity with Kansas. Good teams play, you can learn.

The Pirates are listed as small favorites after falling to the Butler Bulldogs as 1.5-point underdogs in the Big East tournament while the Wolfpack dropped a 91-87 decision to the Boston College Eagles as 3.5-point favorites in the ACC tournament after winning five of their previous six. Seton Hall shot 69 percent from the free-throw line this season, but shot 31 of 39, good for 79 percent, Thursday. "For them to get a hard-fought win in the tournament, I think it takes the pressure off them". N.C. State has been an inconsistent team this year, suffering some recent losses to bad teams in the ACC, including Georgia Tech.

Lennard said he was playing for his career. Lagerald Vick gave the Jayhawks 14 points on 5-7 while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Malik Newman netted ten points apiece with Newman totaling six rebounds.

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"To go out the way I went out like this my last year, I'm proud to say that my senior year I finished tied for third in the conference", he said.

"Everybody, from myself down to the last person that came off the bench, gave us everything they had", Carrington said. North Carolina State had won four consecutive games versus the Big East in the NCAA Tournament. "I feel like we've built enough experience and been through this before, so we know what to do".

"It's been a journey", he said.

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kevin Willard was watching TV on the eve of Seton Hall's NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina State when the self-described "Mr. Negativity" turned to his wife and asked what he would tell his core group of seniors if they lost.

"One game doesn't define your season, it's definitely rewarding". I know that sounds amusing", Carrington said, "but the last two years we came here, the guys were kind of drained mentally. "And the guys (already) in the program stood by us".

"When you are a victor, it's in your blood and you don't accept losing", Al Freeman said.

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"But when you have a head coach that won't accept losing and is a no nonsense guy, it will only be a matter of time before these guys are in the Final Four". "It's a bright future ahead".

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