COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: DeShawn Painter #0 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack handles the ball against Jason Clark #21 and Otto Porter #22 of the Georgetown Hoyas in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Man, this is insane. How are we here now after where we were last year? This is crazy insane stupid insane. I am going to hug everything for the next five days. Coffee tables, fire hydrants, innocent bystanders, everything.
Georgetown got off to a quick start with some good outside shooting and very tough defense--I think it took some extra time for the Pack to adjust to their size after facing a small SDSU team. For the majority of that first half, it felt like State was just hanging on. Offensive boards were huge. The turnover margin in that half also made a big difference.
I'm having trouble with coherent thoughts at this point, so I'll skip to the end. The runner that Lorenzo Brown hit to push the lead to seven with a couple minutes left was one of the brass-ballsiest shots I've seen in a long time. That was just sick, and that's when the belief set in for me. I wish we'd made it a little bit easier on ourselves, but you know how we do.
It's a great win. Feels amazing. This team has gone so far beyond expectations. I can't wait for next weekend, no matter the odds against us.