Andrew Carter, Joe Giglio and Laura Keeley, The N&O’s three college beat writers, took a quick break Thursday to share some of their insights, opinions and favorite moments about the NCAA tournament:
Q: All 3 teams start Friday. How many make the Sweet 16?
Andrew Carter: One. Duke. North Carolina will have a difficult time against Villanova and even if the Tar Heels advance, it’s unlikely they get past Kansas, which basically will be playing a home game in Kansas City. N.C. State can’t be counted on to win two win consecutive games against mediocre competition, let alone the likes of Temple and Indiana. If Duke doesn’t make it to the Sweet 16, it’d be a disappointment.
Laura Keeley: Just one Triangle team survives for a second trip. Gonzaga is the only No. 1 seed I have losing this weekend in my bracket.
Joe Giglio: Just Duke. With a better seed or matchup, either N.C. State or North Carolina could have, but it’s hard to go against Kansas in their home state or Indiana, which is basically just a better version of N.C. State, against N.C. State.