Friday, February 11, 2011

Pack healthy, lineup intact for Wake

For the first time in six games, N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe expects to have a full, healthy lineup for Sunday's game at Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack (12-11, 2-7 ACC) hasn't had a complete lineup since Duke's visit to the RBC Center on Jan. 19. Since then, freshman forward C.J. Leslie has been sick, then suspended for one game, and freshman guard Ryan Harrow has been sick.

Leslie was sick for the Miami and Clemson games and then missed last Saturday's loss at Duke with the suspension. Harrow did not play against UNC or Virginia Tech and was a step slow at Duke recovering from a viral illness. The Wolfpack has gone 1-4 during that stretch.

Lowe hopes the return of Leslie and improved health of Harrow will spark a run by his flailing team.

"There's still some time, we just have to make it happen now," Lowe said Friday.

State enters the most manageable stretch of its league schedule starting with Sunday's trip to Wake (1-8). The Pack has three of four at home after the Wake game and then a trip to Virginia (3-6).

State's flickering NCAA hopes depend on getting to seven wins, like Georgia Tech did last year, and then winning at least two games in the ACC tournament.

-- J.P. Giglio