We refer you to our story from June linked here (that includes some great ‘Wolfpack talk’ from the 1980s for those that need a little insight and educating on some topics that comes second nature only to the die-hards)
The Chicago Bulls’ website has a nice article on our own Vinny Del Negro. They are using the same picture that we ran in our entry on the day Del Negro was hired (but has since been taken down off the internet).
With the addition of guard Vinny Del Negro, Jim Valvano’s NC State Wolfpack began a run of five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, twice reaching the Elite Eight (1985 & 1986), and a Sweet Sixteen appearance (1989) a year after Del Negro graduated.
In 1987, after a sixth place finish in the regular season, Valvano and Del Negro ingeniously directed the Wolfpack to a surprising run through the ACC Tournament, reaching the title game against archrival North Carolina. With only seconds left on the clock, Del Negro calmly stepped to the line and knocked down two clutch free throws to give NC State a stunning 68-67 upset victory over the Tar Heels, who had gone undefeated in conference play that season.
To date, North Carolina State’s Men’s Basketball program has yet to capture another ACC Championship.