Wolfpack Fans Streetside in St. Louis

March 23, 2012
By Chris Saunders
Three NC State fans: McImoyle, Kwong and Santiago

Three NC State fans: Daniel McImoyle, Johnathan Kwong and Jason Santiago

St. Louis is a deluge of NC State red and Kansas Jayhawk blue. Chris Saunders talked with Wolfpack fans who made the trip for tonight’s Sweet 16 contest. They reflected on NC State’s basketball history, and a few boldly predicted an outcome.

What’s your favorite Wolfpack basketball moment? Debbie Claybrook, of Rockingham County, N.C., remembers the 1983 NCAA championship win over Houston. “We were a sleeper team and nobody thought we had a chance,” she says. “When that shot hit, I was running around like Valvano.” But Johnathan Kwong, a 2006 graduate, points to a player. “My favorite moment was in 2003 when Julius Hodge said, ‘We hungry, we eat.'”

Who’s your favorite player on this year’s squad? Daniel McIlmoyle, a 2010 graduate from Augusta, Ga., points to C.J. Leslie. “He’s just so explosive,” McIlmoyle says. “We haven’t had a player like that in a long time.” Virgilia Moore, who received her graduate degree from NC State, was hesitant to choose. “I’d say [Lorenzo] Brown,” she says. “I like the little guys and he’s taken charge.”

What’s your prediction for tonight? Many fans hesitated with an answer. Jason Santiago, a 2007 NC State graduate, was sure and quick. “67-64, State. Scott Wood hits a three pointer at the buzzer to win.”

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