In 2010, firmly on the hot seat in his third season as the coach at his alma mater, NC State’s Sidney Lowe was in dire need of a big win. Exactly one day before he turned 50, that’s exactly what the Jim Valvano protégé got against sixth-ranked Duke.
Lowe — the starting point guard on the Wolfpack’s 1983 NCAA title-winning team — watched his players shoot 58.2% from the field while holding the Blue Devils to 38.6% in an 88–74 upset. It was NC State’s first home win against its ACC rival since 2004 and its first win of any kind over Duke since the 2007 conference tournament.
Alas, the win proved to be the highlight of Lowe’s coaching tenure at NC State. He resigned in March 2011 after going just 86–78 and failing to lead the Wolfpack to the Big Dance in five seasons. He is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz.
When the No. 20 Wolfpack host top-ranked Duke again on Saturday, they hope to pull off another upset. Sidney Lowe profile