Only Tar Heels survive Triangle trifecta at ACC Tournament
Posted March 10, 2012
Atlanta — Fans all along Tobacco Road had something to cheer about Saturday as the three Triangle college basketball teams earned spots in the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.
Inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, the noise was deafening. Each team's fan base was well represented. Game-day attire ranged from team T-shirts to wacky wigs and full-on face paint.
"I came down here with my 'Beat UNC' shirt because I had a feeling we'd be playing today, so we're ready," said Chandler Thompson, student body president at North Carolina State University.
The Wolfpack fell just two points short against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 69-67.
"It was knee-knocking. It was teeth-shattering. It was on the edge of your seat, but we pulled it out. It's amazing," said Carolina fan Brooke Pitt.
In the second game of the day, Duke University played Florida State. In another close finish, the Seminoles sent the Blue Devils home, 62-59.
"It was close. We tried. We'll get them in March Madness," said Sidney Stockton, a Duke fan who made the trip from Raleigh.
While the Blue Devils' 27-6 regular season record all but guarantees a spot in the NCAA Tournament field to be announced Sunday, State fan Carnell Smith has hopes his team's season will continue as well. "The disappointment will get eased tomorrow when we get our tourney bid," he said.
Florida State's win pits the Seminoles against UNC on Sunday for the ACC Championship. That game begins at 1 p.m. on WRAL-TV.