NC State reaches both Final Fours; Iowa to face LSU in title game rematch


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One month ago, the major story surrounding NC State basketball was Kevin Keatts‘ job status. The Wolfpack were an afterthought limping to the end of another disappointing season.

Then came a miraculous ACC Tournament run — five wins in five days — and now we’re here. The Wolfpack’s magical March will extend into an astonishing April after the team clinched its first Final Four berth since 1983 with a 76-64 Elite Eight win over fourth-seeded Duke.

As an 11 seed, the Wolfpack are tied for worst seed ever to make a Final Four.

I don’t have enough superlatives to describe NC State’s run. Marvelous. Unimaginable. The very best that college basketball has to offer. It’s characters like DJ Burns Jr. (29 points), whose build belies incredible footwork, shooting touch and overall feel, that make the NCAA Tournament so great. Kyle Boone wrote about the lovable big man.

Boone: “It was Burns who set the tone for NC State on Sunday in its stunning upset of ACC rival and crosstown foe Duke in their first-ever NCAA Tournament matchup and it was Burns who was ultimately the most responsible for…

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Author : Zachary Pereles

Publish date : 2024-04-01 13:22:44

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