Mar 25, 2024 - News

Triangle schools keep dancing

UNC's Seth Trimble blocks a shot by AJ Hoggard of Michigan State. Photo: Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

UNC, Duke and N.C. State are all in the Sweet 16 after the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Why it matters: The Triangle is simply more electric when its three ACC schools are playing well and making deep runs into March.

  • N.C. State's sudden resurgence — winning seven straight games and the ACC Tournament — has reignited the Wolfpack fanbase, and Hillsborough Street has been a scene of revelry multiple times in the past week.

Between the lines: It's the first year that all three teams have made the Sweet 16 since 2015.

  • RDU Airport even joined the fun Sunday night, posting on X: "It's us, the official airport of college basketball."

What happened: No. 1 UNC picked up another tournament victory against Tom Izzo and No. 9 Michigan State, beating the Spartans 85-69.

  • No. 11 N.C. State beat 14th-seeded Oakland in overtime 79-73.
  • And No. 4 Duke trampled No. 12 James Madison 93-55.

What's next: The Tar Heels will play Alabama in Los Angeles on Thursday.

  • The Wolfpack will take on No. 2 Marquette on Friday in Dallas.
  • And Duke will join N.C. State in Dallas, playing No. 1 Houston on Friday.

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