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Sports Photographer of the YearEthan Hyman, News & Observer{quote}An Unexpected Journey{quote}  When Mark Gottfried took over the N.C. State basketball team, nobody expected them to make the NCAA Tournament his first year.  However, after winning two games in the ACC Tournament but then losing to rival UNC, the Wolfpack were the last team selected for the Big Dance.  And then they upset San Diego State and stunned Georgetown to make it to the Sweet 16 where they lost to Kansas by only three points.  It is the farthest they have been since 2005.

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Ethan Hyman, News & Observer 

"An Unexpected Journey" When Mark Gottfried took over the N.C. State basketball team, nobody expected them to make the NCAA Tournament his first year. However, after winning two games in the ACC Tournament but then losing to rival UNC, the Wolfpack were the last team selected for the Big Dance. And then they upset San Diego State and stunned Georgetown to make it to the Sweet 16 where they lost to Kansas by only three points. It is the farthest they have been since 2005.