Thursday, March 10, 2011. The last whistlestop on the Sidney Lowe farewell tour was Greensboro, where Gary Williams continued to bat 1.000 against Lowe. In a game that was nothing short of frightening aesthetically, your final score is Maryland 75, NC State 67. Your final record is 15-16. The game was a microcosm of the season, the season a microcosm of the Lowe era. Perfectly representative on all counts.
Sidney Lowe was a well-liked former player, and a sympathetic, enduring tie to the magic of 1983. He was also in WAY over his head, and while Lee Fowler didn’t do him any favors…Lowe didn’t do much to help himself, either. So I’m not here to praise him, or to kick him while he’s down (for the count). Just to metaphorically shake his hand and wish him well in his future NBA endeavors.
And a sincere thank you to Tracy Smith and Javi Gonzalez for doing your best for your four years at NC State. I’m sorry you weren’t in uniform for the coming resurrection, but I do hope you’ll come back to see it live.