The way NCAA basketball has shifted in recent years has caused the NCAA Tournament to produce multiple matchups similar to Friday's game between the San Diego St. Aztecs and the N.C. State Wolfpack. One of the best mid-majors in the country in SDSU is the higher seed against a team that just got in off the bubble from a major conference. It's one of many such instances in the 2012 edition of the tournament.
NC State clinched their spot with an ACC Tournament win over Virginia. Mark Gottfried dips into his bench when necessary, but they're still pretty reliant on their top players. C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown will be depended on to lead the Pack, but they're up against a tough matchup in a very athletic SDSU team.
Game Date/Time: Friday, March 16, 12:40 p.m. ET
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski and Otis Livingston
For more on the Wolfpack, head over to NC State Wolfpack blog Backing The Pack. For more on SDSU, check out Mountain West Connection. Click here for a full 2012 NCAA Tournament printable bracket. For complete updates on this year's tournament, please visit SB Nation's dedicated 2012 NCAA Tournament hub.