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NCSU starts NCAA play Tuesday; Duke, UNC, NCCU wait until Friday

Posted March 16
Updated March 17

— North Carolina State beat Syracuse in the ACC Tournament Friday. That was apparently enough to get the Wolfpack into the NCAA Tournament as they earned a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region and will play Xavier Tuesday in Dayton at 9:10 p.m.

Should NC State (21-13, 9-9 ACC) prevail, they will then fly to Orlando to meet No. 5 seed St. Louis in the second round on Thursday evening.

Game times, TV, radio: 

NC State vs. Xavier: Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. on truTV and Mix 101.5

Duke vs. Mercer: Friday at 12:15 p.m. on WRAL-TV and 99.9 FM The Fan

UNC vs. Providence: Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TNT and 620 The Buzz

NCCU vs. Iowa State: Friday at 9:50 p.m. on TNT and 620 The Buzz

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“It was really tense.” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “I think the room erupted. Our guys just really played their way in.” 

NC State was just .500 in conference play, but boasted wins over Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Florida State and Tennessee. They also got a lot of lobbying assistance from Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski who said that the ACC is better than it ever has been with the growth of conference realignment.

“We were ecstatic,” NC State forward Kyle Washington said. 

With their overall credentials of the season, Duke (26-8, 13-5 ACC) will also play in the Midwest Region as a No. 3 seed and open up in Raleigh on Friday at noon against No. 14 Mercer (26-8, 14-4 Atlantic Sun). It will be the 19th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament for Duke, who last missed the Dance in 1995. The Blue Devils lost in the ACC Championship Sunday to Virginia, 72-63.

Both North Carolina (23-9, 13-5 ACC) and North Carolina Central (28-5, 15-1 MEAC) will play in the East Region during Friday's evening session.

The Tar Heels will be the No. 6 seed and open against Big East Conference champion Providence (23-11, 10-8) on Friday at 7:20 p.m. in San Antonio. Providence, will be making their first tournament appearance since 2004. North Carolina rattled off a conference best 12-game win streak spanning late January to early March.

"The NCAA Tournament is always an exciting time and I am so pleased for our kids. They have overcome a lot and put themselves in a position to play in the Tournament," UNC head coach Roy Williams said. "We have had some outstanding wins this year, both in and out of league play, over teams that received some very high seeds in the field, so we know we are capable.

LeVelle Moton’s Eagles, having earned their first-ever NCAA Tourney bid, will play Iowa State (26-7, 11-7) out of the Big 12 on Friday at 9:50 p.m. in San Antonio. The Cyclones won four in a row, including the conference tournament and own eight wins over ranked opponents this season.

NCCU, meanwhile, has won a school best 20 in a row, including the MEAC crown in Norfolk Saturday.

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  • 903 Free Paul Frampton 2 Mar 20, 2:29 a.m.

    So Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA jumped at the chance to play Duke on a neutral floor? Why schedule... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    So Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA jumped at the chance to play Duke on a neutral floor? Why schedule a home and home with one of these above mentioned?

    Are NCAA Tourney games played in huge arenas like the neutral court NBA arenas that Duke played Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA in? Or are NCAA Tourney games played in small away arenas like UAB?... There's your answer, DA...

  • tlg0022 Mar 17, 6:16 p.m.

    So Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA jumped at the chance to play Duke on a neutral floor? Why schedule... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    It's called season opening tournaments..everyone does it, is this your first year watching college basketball. 5 of Duke's 8 losses are to top 20 teams and Duke has been in the top 10 most of the year. Please explain to me why they shouldn't be a 3 seed. As for your comment about SMU having a tougher schedule than State, that's not even remotely true. SMU's schedule ranked in the 300's SOS, did you even research anything before you started making up stuff?

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 17, 6:01 p.m.

    Glad to see the Wolfpack get in, I think they deserved it with the way they played down the stretch. I guess the win over Syracuse was enough in the committees view to put them in. I'm a little stumped though as to why Syracuse is a 3 seed. Seems like the writers and media feel the team is very good. They slumped badly at the end of the season. Overall they had one of the highest RPI's in the ACC though so scheduling means something.

  • RaleighNCGuy Mar 17, 4:08 p.m.

    So Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA jumped at the chance to play Duke on a neutral floor? Why schedule... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Yes, I'm sure they did, as did Duke. Arizona was a tournament, doesn't matter. The other two at MSG and United Center, huge recruiting areas. You'd be crazy not to have a chance to beat Duke... or Kansas or UCLA in front of those markets. It does nothing but help every school involved.

    Not scheduling teams like that would be ridiculous. That's like telling UNC to not schedule Oakland, Davidson, UNCW, UNCG, Northern Kentucky, etc.. Is it a requirement for the haters that Duke not play a few traditionally lesser teams to warm up, as all other top-tier talent does? Why is UNC not getting called out for not scheduling away this year.. besides UAB? Looks as if UNC has a lot more room to schedule away than Duke.

  • trustno1 Mar 17, 4:04 p.m.

    Unfortunately my Heels will probably be looking at 2 and done (1 if they play like last Friday). Next year hit more FREE throws and avoid loses to the likes of Belmont and UAB and you may get a more favorable seeding. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

  • Gunnstigator Mar 17, 4:01 p.m.

    So proud of my PACK! Win or lose, couldn't be happier for that group of guys! Congrats to... View More

    — Posted by Got Peart

    You need to get with the program. This chatroom is reserved for people who hate each other,... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    Ha ha - so true, jd

  • Toddler10-21 Mar 17, 3:34 p.m.

    So Arizona, Kansas, and UCLA jumped at the chance to play Duke on a neutral floor? Why schedule a home and home with one of these above mentioned? There is plenty of room just dont schedule, Elon, Vermont Davidson etc next year. The fact is 8 losses and all on the road or neutral sites.

  • eYore Mar 17, 3:31 p.m.

    Congrats to Coach Moton and the NCCU Eagles. As a fellow Enloe Alum, I'm rooting for Coach Moton. Go Eagles!

  • RaleighNCGuy Mar 17, 1:58 p.m.

    And what did Duke accomplish during the season? To deserve a 3 seed?

    — Posted by jrt0856

    Let's see..beat Michigan, Syracuse, UNC, Pitt, State twice, Virginia, close losses to Kansas... View More

    — Posted by tlg0022

    Agreed. 6th hardest schedule in the NCAA. Narrow loss to a #1 seed in conference tournament... View More

    — Posted by RaleighNCGuy

    And what quality wins did they have away from Cameron Indoor. Oh that's right they didn't have any.

    — Posted by Notinitforthemoney

    I think everyone has agreed that this sport is all about money. What brings in the big money? Big games in big cities on big networks. Just so happens Duke is highly desired for these neutral site games. Any team would jump at the opportunity for this kind of national exposure for your brand and product to be displayed in front of the nation and for potential recruits. A couple of these combined with beginning of season tournaments, ACC/Big10 Challenge, Champions Classic, and a couple home games for the students and local fan base, it doesn't leave too much room to schedule much more than that. It's not going to happen during conference play now that the ACC has expanded again. Duke consistently has a top10 SOS and plays top-tier talent every year. This is irrefutable, it's there to look up. Other than the WRAL message board hater "experts" I haven't heard one professional analyst/expert have any problem with Duke's #3 seed.

  • jdpridg Mar 17, 1:27 p.m.

    Anyone else have NC Central reaching the sweet 16?

    — Posted by Obamacare rises again

    haha... No, but I did give them a first round upset. (Or I think they now call it the second round... Whichever). IMO they get one win.

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