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NCSU Fans Loving Lowe, Pack's Playing NIT Game in Reynolds

Posted March 15, 2007

— NC State's post-season run continues Friday night on the court where coach Sidney Lowe’s 1983 team played their championship year. Fans see poetic justice.

The Wolfpack takes on Marist College at historic Reynolds Coliseum because of a scheduling conflict at the RBC Center. It’s a lot less space than the Pack is used to, and seating is limited. Even students are having trouble getting tickets.

Lowe got a hearty welcome when he came back to the building again Wednesday to do his weekly radio show after the Wolfpack defeated the Drexel Dragons on Tuesday on their home court in Philadelphia.

Outside, a group of students pitched tents and created what they called Loweville to wait for student tickets to go on sale Thursday morning.

The man who many say brought new life to Wolfpack basketball this year has memories of an earlier life of his own in Reynolds.

“It's always great to go back there, obviously, with all the history—my days there as a player and some of the accomplishments and the great players we've had to come through there,” Lowe said.

Lowe was one of the players who in 1983 won the NCAA Championship.

“The RBC Center is nice and everything, but you don't get the intimate atmosphere,” student Steve Gardner said.

A Josh Groban concert was already booked into the arena Friday night. So, university officials moved a gymnastics meet scheduled for Reynolds Coliseum to open the venue for the NIT basketball game.

Tickets to Reynolds sold out before they even went on sale to the public. Many fans tried to get in and failed.

“I think it's going to be a great crowd, actually, and I might still be able to find a ticket some kind of way. I'm still going to work on it,” said alumnus Chris Danehower.

NC State campus police said they're working on their own game plan—to be prepared for 9,000 people on campus and to look out for scalpers.

“We do a criminal history check, and if they got a past history, we make a physical arrest and take them down to the Wake County Jail—and take their money,” campus Chief Ton Younce said of scalpers.

The game against Marist starts at 9:30 Friday night. Younce said he'll meet with his officers Thursday morning to finalize their plan.


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  • srchambers Mar 16, 2007

    Is this game on TV?? What station??

  • Sound Man Mar 15, 2007

    Apoe75 I have seen a lot of people post some smart comments on this site, and yours I must admit is one of the dumbest I have ever seen. Yeah it took ten years to "run Sendek away" and Chuck was gone after seven so yes as soon as they have a little losing streak we get rid of them. This is why so many people hate you sissy blue blooded tarhole fans because of Iiiiiidiots like you.

  • volvoman Mar 15, 2007

    I know we used to go in all the doors,but that was before 911

  • packandcanesfan Mar 15, 2007

    Back in the day, you could come in the front and both sides. I can't imagine that they will try to get everyone in in the front. The weather is supposed to be bad too. So I would think all entrances would be open.

  • volvoman Mar 15, 2007

    Does anybody know ,since it is general admission,how many doors are going to be open?I hope they don't try to get everybody through the front doors.

  • packandcanesfan Mar 15, 2007

    PapaDisc I remember that read light and noise meter. Whenever I smell popcorn popping, I always think about Reynolds. That aroma overpowered you when you walked in. I have seen the best of the ACC play on that floor..and seen some awesome coaching. Can't wait until tomorrow night. GO PACK!!

  • Michael Kenyon Mar 15, 2007

    "you might have a permanent ring in your ears when you leave Reynolds tomorrow"

    Permanent? I doubt it. Back when I could afford to be a WP club member and had season tickets, my ears would be back to normal after 4-5 days tops {:*)

    I really used to enjoy feeling the steel and concrete building shake under my feet when the red light came on.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Mar 15, 2007

    Herb set a new school record at Arizona State, most consecutive conference losses - 14 in a row! Welcome home Sid. For those lucky enough to have tickets, you might have a permanent ring in your ears when you leave Reynolds tomorrow. GO PACK!!

  • APO75 Mar 15, 2007

    Enjoy State fans, because when Sidney starts to lose, and he will have a stretch, you will run him off like Herb and Chuck. You people are never satisfied!!

  • packandcanesfan Mar 15, 2007

    nc_mike I don't think anyone referred to Marist as "lowly". The Pack has had some really lean years and we appreciate every opportunity. Some ACC fans may be spoiled because of success, but unfortunately, we haven't been spoiled since the 70's.