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Sendek Smiles on Super Sunday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sendek Smiles on Super Sunday

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Byline: BOB THOMAS

With a white Troy Polamalu jersey pulled over his shirt and tie, North Carolina State men's basketball coach Herb Sendek addressed the media following his Wolfpack's 62-58 victory over Maryland on Super Bowl Sunday.

It was the staid Sendek's way of letting his hair down before the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl XL victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

A Pittsburgh native and devout Steelers fan, Sendek should have had a good feeling about the outcome of the game before it was even played.

The game against the Terrapins marked the 14th time the Wolfpack has played basketball on Super Bowl Sunday, and the third time that one of those games has coincided with a Pittsburgh Super Bowl victory. N.C. State also played on the day the Steelers won their 1976 and 1979 Super Bowls.

Sunday's basketball game also marked the sixth time the Terrapins and Wolfpack have played on Super Bowl Sunday. The two schools met for the first time on the hallowed sports day on Jan. 14, 1973, with N.C. State prevailing 87-85. That State team was led by David Thompson and Tom Burleson, who collaborated one year later to push the Wolfpack to the national championship.

WELCOME BACK

Junior center Coleman Collins' return to the team after a two-week absence might help Virginia Tech turn around. Collins, the team leader in scoring (16.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.6 per game), missed four games to be with his father, who's critically ill with cancer.

The Hokies, who had lost six of their last eight before traveling to Clemson on Wednesday night, are just 1-6 in games decided by five points or less this season.

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In the waning minutes of North Carolina's 76-61 home victory over Clemson on Saturday, the Tar Heels' student section began to chant, "You Can't Win Here! …

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