Bracket Projection: NC State

C.J. Leslie is one of several talented players on NC State's roster. Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The NC State Wolfpack have four seniors in their starting five, a fearsome foursome that survived the struggles under former coach Sidney Lowe. These seniors led the program to its first NCAA tourney appearance in six years -- and to the Sweet 16 -- last season. Do they have an encore for us in 2013?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

The Wolfpack were in a better spot last season as a surprise No. 11 seed. That team was able to overachieve, while this one has been burdened all season long by expectations that were artificially high. That's not an enviable position, especially for a team that's so inconsistent defensively. Temple has the experience and the shooters to make N.C. State's stay a short one.


Best wins: UConn, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina, UMass

Worst losses: at Wake Forest, at Florida State