NC State’s DJ Horne latest in line of Fayetteville players to make noise in March Madness


NC State’s run through March Madness and into the Final Four for the first time since the Jim Valvano era in 1983 has given us a thrilling stretch of win-or-go-home basketball despite the Wolfpack toting the lowest seed and most losses ever into the national semifinals.

It’s the kind of gutty, underdog performance fans love to see and it makes March Madness one of the greatest sporting spectacles there is. And the Wolfpack’s magical postseason wouldn’t be happening without the contributions of Trinity Christian alum DJ Horne.

Add Horne to the list of players who have come out of Fayetteville to make noise in the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a look at others who are remembered for big moments in March.

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Brickey, a Duke and E.E. Smith alum, is the only Cumberland County graduate to have played in four straight NCAA Tournaments (1987-90), and in three of those postseasons the Blue Devils went to the Final Four as he averaged double-figure scoring. In 1990, Brickey was a team captain as Duke reached coach Mike Krzyzewski’s second-ever national championship game and first since 1986, falling to UNLV but setting the stage for the Blue Devils’ back-to-back titles. In the second round of the the ’90 tournament, Brickey shot a red-hot 7-for-13 from the field and 8-for-12 from the line for a game-high 22 points to go with nine boards, keeping Duke’s season alive with a win over St. John’s.

Jeff Capel III, Duke (South View)

Capel came to Duke after the Blue Devils had won back-to-back national championships, taking over at point guard from Bobby Hurley as a freshman in 1993 on a team that wound up going all the way to the title game, but falling to Arkansas. Capel had a 19-point, seven-assist game to beat Purdue and send Duke…

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Publish date : 2024-04-03 08:04:04

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