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The Mountaineers have competed in the Southern Conference since 1972.
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Appalachian State University is expected to announce a major change this week for its athletic department. After more than 40 years competing in the Southern Conference, the school in Boone, NC, will announce a transition to the Sun Belt Conference. App State has considered moving its 20 athletic teams for several years and is likely to start competing in the new conference next year.

Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski
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Men's Tournament

No. 2 seed Duke heads to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Creighton, 66-50. North Carolina exits the tournament at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks for the second straight year.

NC A & T basketball player Adrian Powell at the free throw line.
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North Carolina A&T has its first ever NCAA Tournament victory.  The Aggies narrowly defeated Liberty University, 73-72, last night to advance.  A last-second shot by Liberty missed as time expired to preserve the A&T win. 

Before last night, the Aggies had never won in nine trips to the tournament.  Head coach Cy Alexander said his team didn't fold under pressure.

"I thought our young men showed a lot of resilience because Liberty didn't back down and we would go up a little bit and they would keep coming back," Alexander said.

KPCC's Public Radio Show Bracket
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You don’t have to be a basketball fan to participate in this March Madness bracket, just a public radio listener. Southern California public radio station KPCC has created an alternative competition pitting 32 public radio shows against one another. Listeners can vote for their favorites on their website.

NC A & T basketball player Adrian Powell at the free throw line.
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NC A&T will tip it off against Liberty tonight in Dayton, OH as part of the First Four. The Aggies surprised everyone last week when they seized the MEAC championship in a 57-54 win against Morgan state.

Last year Norfolk State represented the MEAC in the NCAA Tournament. As a 15-seed the Spartans defeated 2-seed, Missouri, 86-84. It is one of only six upsets where a 15-seed knocked off a 2-seed. With a victory tonight, North Carolina A&T would meet 1-seed Louisville on Thursday. A 16-seed has never beaten a one-seed.

Five North Carolina teams made the NCAA men's basketball tournament, including the ACC's Big Three in the Triangle. 

Duke is a number 2 seed in the Midwest region and faces Albany Friday afternoon.

"We're excited with the position we're in," forward Ryan Kelly tells GoDuke.com.

"We've got some time to prepare and every team we face from this point on is capable of being us and we're certainly capable of beating them.  That's how we have to approach it.  A loss is the end of your season, so we just have to keep winning."

NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried
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N.C. State moves to Friday's quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament after a strong victory in the opening round. 

The Wolfpack took down Virginia Tech Thursday afternoon, 80-63. N.C. State took control after going on an 11-0 run in the second half.  Coach Mark Gottfried says guard Lorenzo Brown shut down Virginia Tech's Erick Green, the leading scorer in the nation.

"Lorenzo made his mind up he was going to do a good job on him and I thought he did," Gottfried said.

Everyone knows that NC State, Duke, and UNC can play basketball. But how well do they dance?

The 60th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway, where North Carolina’s Big Three will compete with other conference teams for the championship.  We found videos of all three North Carolina schools performing the Harlem Shake – a dance that has made waves on the internet in recent weeks.

The 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. NC State plays Virginia Tech at approximately 2:30 pm and Wake Forest meets Maryland at 7. Duke and UNC will both play on Friday.
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The 60th edition of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament starts Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. The city, which is nicknamed “Tournament Town,” is hosting the event for the 24th time, more than any other venue.

ACC icons like North Carolina State’s David Thompson, UNCs Michael Jordan and Maryland’s Len Bias all played in conference championships that took place in Greensboro. Longtime scorekeeper Gary Strickland witnessed those men play and many other memorable moments.

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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Former UNC-Chapel Hill football player Marvin Austin said in documents unsealed today in Wake County Superior Court that a player agent, Terry Shawn Watson from Georgia, paid him several thousand dollars cash. The money came to Austin in a Fed-Ex package while he was a player at Carolina in 2010.

Other payments were sent to the home of Jennifer Wiley. She was the tutor who was at the center of an academic fraud scandal that came out of the investigation into the football program.

The ACC Women's Tournament has taken place at the Greensboro Coliseum every year since 2000. A different school has won the event in each of the last four seasons.
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The 36th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday morning at the Greensboro Coliseum.  Last year, more than 60,000 tickets were purchased for the four day event. Fans attending this year’s tournament are likely to notice some of the $8.5 million in renovations and upgrades that were recently completed.

Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski
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No. 3 Duke suffered an upset loss Thursday night at the hands of Virginia, 73-68. 

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team was focused on the matchup despite their preparation for no. 5 Miami this weekend.

"Virginia just played great.  They were terrific tonight," Krzyzewski said.

"They had our full attention and preparation for this.  They beat us when we were trying to be at our best and it's because of them that we were not."

The Blue Devils got 28 points from Seth Curry.  All but five of those came in the second half.

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The Carolina Hurricanes hope to extend a three-game winning streak Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.  Coach Kirk Muller says his skaters are playing a quicker game and he expects to see a familiar set of players in Montreal.

"I find they're playing a very similar game to our game right now.  They're not afraid to come at you," Muller says.

Jeff Skinner
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The Carolina Hurricanes remain winless after their home opener.  The 'Canes fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Raleigh Tuesday night, 4-1.  Jeff Skinner scored the only goal for Carolina during a power play in the second period.  But Tampa Bay put the game away in the third with two goals on Cam Ward.  The 'Canes goalie has allowed nine goals in his first two games this season.  Coach Kirk Muller says the team is still working on its chemistry.

An N.C. State student is a local celebrity after he stormed the basketball court in his wheelchair when the Wolfpack beat top-ranked Duke last weekend.  Senior Will Privette was one of the first students on the court Saturday.  Privette says he was thrown to the ground when the crowd converged.  But he continued celebrating after Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie cleared the crowd and picked him up.  Leslie joined Privette on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday morning.

Carolina Hurricanes fans are about a week away from welcoming their team back to the ice. Hockey owners and the N-H-L Players Association recently reached an agreement on collective bargaining which lifted a nearly four-month-long lockout. Players are now getting ready for a condensed season. Hurricanes' general manager Jim Rutherford says it's great to see the players skating again, but he hasn't lost sight of the others affected by the long lockout.

East Carolina will conclude its football season today with a match-up against Louisiana Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl.

Unlike almost every other major sport, college football has no playoff ending with dozens of games that are often sparsely attended and inconsequential. Proponents of the bowl system say it provides exposure for schools and a reward for the athletes.

In college football, NC State plays Vanderbilt today in the Music City Bowl.

The Wolfpack entered the season with hopes of an ACC championship, but posted just a seven and five record, resulting in the firing of head coach Tom O'Brien. New coach Dave Doeren won't lead State in this game. That job goes to offensive coordinator Dana Bible. The interim coach says today is both a challenge and a building block.

Duke's football team is playing in a bowl game for the first time in 18 seasons. The Blue Devils meet Cincinnati tomorrow evening in Charlotte.

Duke hasn't been to college football's version of the post-season since 1994, and they haven't won a bowl game since New Year's Day 1961. That Blue Devil squad beat Arkansas 7-6. Head coach David Cutcliffe says:

"I want them to feel a sense of history as they play here because the history does indicate some tough times, but it also represents the best of the best."

Winston-Salem State University is playing in the Division II football national championship tomorrow against Georgia's Valdosta State.

Winston-Salem State had been transitioning to Division I athletics, but the school did an about face two years ago because the move was too costly. Some supporters were upset that the Rams wouldn't become a Division I member. Head Coach Connell Mayor says his undefeated football team has provided a solution.

Greensboro has been selected as the site of the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships. This competition came to Greensboro – and North Carolina – for the first time in 2011, following an Olympic year. In 2015 US Figure Skating’s largest event will return to the state, a year after the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Greensboro Coliseum General Manager Matt Brown.

Matt Brown: "This is a significant accomplishment for Greensboro. Many within the sport of figure skating questioned, how well figure skating championship would fare in the south. Boy, didn’t we surprise them."

Tom O'Brien
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NC State has fired its head football coach. Tom O’Brien won 40 games and lost 35 in six seasons leading the Wolfpack In a press conference last night, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow said one of the factors was the loss of revenue from football.

Players, staff, and others who earn a living from professional hockey in the Triangle are bracing for a long, protracted labor dispute.  One year after the entire 2004-2005 season was lost due to the last contractual dispute between team owners and players, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup.

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