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Sendek's statement

Updated: March 17, 2006, 11:46 PM ET
By Pat Forde
DALLAS -- The most popular pastime in Raleigh this March has been bashing Herb Sendek. A four-game losing streak entering the NCAA Tournament -- including two losses to ACC last-place team Wake Forest -- was all the ammo some critics needed.

Ten seasons of Sendek was enough for them. One Raleigh News & Observer columnist flat called for Herb to go, and another opined this week that the administration must decide now whether keeping Sendek is worth it.

The Keep Sendek Movement (if there is one) got some important ammunition Friday night: a Cameron Bennerman three-pointer that broke a tie game with 32 seconds left and lifted the 10th-seeded Wolfpack to a mild upset of No. 7 California, 58-52.

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