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NC State Wolfpack's all-time Sweet 16 history

NC State has a lot of experience playing in the Sweet 16, but they can they break their losing streak in this round this year?

Mar 23, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) drives to the basket against Oakland int he second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mar 23, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) drives to the basket against Oakland int he second round of the NCAA Tournament. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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NC State is having a great run right now looks as though they won't be slowing down anytime soon. The Wolfpack made it to the NCAA Tournament by winning five straight games in the ACC Tournament to get the automatic bid.

Coming in as an 11-seed, the Wolfpack upset 6-seed Texas Tech and lucked out in an easier matchup with 14-seed Oakland who upset Kentucky in the first round. NC State will now face 2-seed Marquette in their 14th-ever Sweet 16 game.

The Wolfpack won their last National Championship back in 1983 where they took down the Houston Cougars for their second title.

NC State is taking on Marquette in the Sweet 16 this year, a team they beat in 1974 to win their first National Championship in program history. So heading into this matchup, how had the Wolfpack faired historically in the Sweet 16?

1951 Sweet 16. 67. 2272. . 62. . NC State Swet16. . 479

In 1951, the Wolfpack had their first Sweet 16 appearance and beat the Villanova Wildcats to move on to the Elite Eight for the second time in program history. This was NC State's second time in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolfpack however would end up losing in the Elite Eight this season to Illinois and then lose again in the Regional 3rd Place Game to St. John's.

Sweet 16 record: 1-0

1952 Sweet 16. . . 478. NC State Sweet 16. 49. 2272. . 60

NC State returned to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, this time facing the team they had lost the National 3rd Place Game to the season before. The Wolfpack would lose to the Red Storm for the second year in a row.

This team would move on to play in the Regional 3rd Place Game again, this time against Penn State and this time winning the game 69-60.

Sweet 16 record: 1-1

88. . 1954 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16. 2272. . 2326. 81.

After missing the NCAA Tournament in 1953, the Wolfpack made it back in 1954, winning in the first round to make it to the Sweet 16. They beat George Washington in a close game 75-73 to have a date with La Salle.

Unfortunately, NC State lost to La Salle 81-88 and played in their third straight Regional 3rd Place Game against Cornell, whom they beat 65-54.

Sweet 16 record: 1-2

. 48. . 66. 2396. 1965 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16. 2272.

Eleven years after their last Sweet 16 appearance and nine years since their last NCAA Tournament appearance, the Wolfpack was back in the big dance and back in the Sweet 16 taking on Princeton this time.

NC State lost their third straight Sweet 16 game to Princeton 66-48 and went on to play Saint Joseph's in the Regional 3rd Place Game and won 103-81.

Sweet 16 record: 1-3

68. 2272. . . . 2319. 1970 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16. 80

NC State played in their fifth Sweet 16 game in 1970 and lost for the fourth time against St. Bonaventure 80-68. However, they continued thier success in the Regional 3rd Place Game where they beat Niagara 108-88.

Sweet 16 record: 1-4

476. 1974 Sweet 16. 92. 2272. . . NC State Sweet 16. . 78

For the first time since their first Sweet 16 appearance, NC State won their matchup in this round and moved on to thier third Elite Eight. The Wolfpack beat Providence easily is this round and would go on to advance even further.

This was the year the Wolfpack brought home their first National title beating UCLA in the Final Four and Marquette in the National Championship.

Sweet 16 record: 2-4

NC State Sweet 16. 75. 2272. . 56. 843. . 1983 Sweet 16.

Almost 10 years after winning their first National Championship, NC State was back in the Sweet 16 and looking for their second title. This time they were up against Utah, a 10-seed and was able to send them packing for a trip to the Elite Eight.

The Wolfpack would win their second National Championship this season under legendary head coach Jim Valvano beating 1-seed Houston.

Sweet 16 record: 3-4

55. . 1985 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16. 61. 523. 2272. .

The season after winning thier second National Championship, the Wolfpack were back in the NCAA Tournament and back in the Sweet 16. They faced Alabama and beat them for a trip to the Elite Eight.

In the Elite Eight, NC State would face 1-seed St. John's and lose to destroy their chances at getting back-to-back titles.

Sweet 16 record: 4-4

NC State Sweet 16. 70. . . 461. 1986 Sweet 16. 2272. 66.

NC State would have their third straight appearance in the Sweet 16 this time taking on Iowa State in what would be a close one to see who would go to the Elite Eight. The Wolfpack was able to hold off Iowa State for a date with 1-seed Kansas in the next round.

Ultimately, NC State would fall in the Elite Eight by a 1-seed for the second year in a row losing to the Jayhawks 75-67.

Sweet 16 record: 5-4

. NC State Sweet 16. 61. 2272. . 69. . 473. 1989 Sweet 16

This appearance in the Sweet 16 would start the current losing streak the Wolfpack has in this round. After two years of not making it past the first round, NC State finally made it back to the Sweet 16 just to be taken out by 1-seed Georgetown.

The Wolfpack has not made it past the Sweet 16 since 1985.

Sweet 16 record: 5-5

2005 Sweet 16. 56. . . 65. 493. . NC State Sweet 16. 2272

It had been 16 years since NC State was in a Sweet 16 and as a 10-seed they finally made it back. This time they would face 6-seed Wisconsin who would ultimately end thier Cinderella-like run and continue the Wolfpack's NCAA Tournament woes.

Sweet 16 record: 5-6

60. 462. . 57. 2272. . 2012 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16.

The Wolfpack had another Cinderella-like run in 2012 as an 11-seed, the same seed they are this season, by making it to the Sweet 16 after upsetting 6-seed San Diego State and 3-seed Georgetown.

NC State would ultimately lose a close game to the 2-seed Kansas Jayhawks 60-57.

Sweet 16 record: 5-7

438. . 2015 Sweet 16. NC State Sweet 16. 65. 75. 2272. .

The last Sweet 16 appearance NC State had before thier current one was back in 2015, almost 10 years ago. They hope to not suffer the same fate they did back then and move on to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986.

Sweet 16 record: 5-8

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