College Basketball: NC State loses two players, Duke Women, East Carolina Men take the court again

North Carolina State has lost two more starters from this past season’s Basketball team.  C. J. Leslie has announced he is making himself eligible for the NBA draft.  Leslie, a 6’9″ Forward, was the preseason ACC Player of the Year, but by many standards did not have the kind of year that had been expected of him.  He averaged a team-high 15.7 points a game and 7.4 Rebounds, but only made the third team All ACC.  Inconsistent play on the court was noted by many NC State fans.  His Coach, Mark Gottfried, feels he will be taken in the first round of the draft.  The Wolfpack will also be losing Freshman Guard, Rodney Purvis, who said Monday he plans to transfer.  The hometown guard, who played at Raleigh Upper Room, said he just wants to change his environment.  He was one of three McDonalds High School All-Americans to join the Wolfpack this season, averaging 8.3 points and started 23 of 25 games, though his minutes fell off with Forward T. J. Warren getting more playing time as the season went on. 

Tuesday night, Duke’s Women play top seeded Notre Dame in the Norfolk Regional Final and the right to go on to the Final Four.  Notre Dame is ranked number two in the nation, with a 34-1 record.  Duke is ranked fifth, and is the Number two seed in this region.  Tipoff time is 7:05PM.  Tennessee and Louisville also play for a final four berth in their regional final at Oklahoma City.  Tipoff time is 9:00 PM.  California and Connecticut qualified for the Final Four in New Orleans with wins Monday night in their Regional Championships. 

East Carolina plays at Weber State Tuesday night for the CIT Tournament Championship.  Tipoff time is 8:00 PM Eastern.  The Pirates are 22-12, while Weber State is 30-6, and a sterling 18-1 on their homecourt.  Former North Carolina Guard, Jeff Lebo, is the Pirates coach in his third year.