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We are nearing a month until the 2024 NBA Draft with the Hornets holding the 6th overall pick. To break down the Draft, Paul Biancardi of ESPN joined Kyle Bailey to break down some of the key prospects that could be in play for the Charlotte Hornets. Paul was asked about the guy the Hornets […]

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Last week, the ACC held its annual spring meetings at Amelia Island, with both football and basketball entrenched in their respective off-seasons. There was a lot to talk about, considering that two schools, Clemson and Florida State are actively suing the league, as they are seeking an exit from the conference, which overshadows the league not getting the respect they want on the playing field, after FSU was left out of the College Football Playoff, and schools like Wake Forest and Pittsburgh were left out of the NCAA Tournament. 

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When Mike Hill left Florida for Charlotte, he was motivated to build one of the top athletic departments at the Group of 5 level, and after a long wait, combined with a lot of hard work, it appears his vision is coming to fruition. The men's basketball team finished third in the American this past season, they just hired an accomplished coach to guide the women's program, and after an uneven first season of the Biff Poggi era on the football field, Charlotte could contend for a bowl game in 2024. The icing on the cake happened over the weekend, as Charlotte's softball team won the American Conference tournament, clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament. 

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Ever since the Charlotte Hornets began their search for a new head coach, Dawn Staley has been a name that fans, and those in the basketball community have pondered as a potential candidate for the opening. Earlier this month, Staley led South Carolina women's program to their national championship under her watch, and a perfect season, after dispatching Iowa in the championship game. After the win, Staley was visibly emotional, but it was uncertain as to why, because she had won national championships before, many believe it was her hinting that she was moving on to another job, maybe in the NBA and the WNBA. 

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We're officially just under 24 hours away from the 2024 Final Four, with NC State set to take on Purdue at 6:09 PM on TBS, followed by UConn facing off against Alabama, which is set to tip at 8:49. This Final Four has everything to offer the die-hard college basketball fan, as there's a chance to get the best matchup in Monday's championship game if Purdue and UConn were to advance. For those that parachute into college hoops for the NCAA Tournament, NC State has won over the hearts of sports fans around the country, and while they come from a power conference, and have won multiple national championships, they certainly qualify as a Cinderella. With Purdue looking to replicate the Virginia story from 5 years ago, and Alabama making their debut at the Final Four, every team has a storyline worth rooting for, making this as intriguing a Final Four we've had in recent years. 

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NC State arrives at the Final Four, after a magical March, that was just another example of why it's considered the best month in sports. The Wolfpack made their way to Phoenix. after winning 5 games in 5 days at the ACC Tournament, to earn the automatic bid for the ACC for the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The five-game winning streak, followed a four-game losing streak to end the regular season, bringing into question the job status of Kevin Keatts. After that incredible run, State earned an 11 seed in the Big Dance, and everyone thought they'd be one and done in the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Wolfpack ripped off four straight wins, to make their first Final Four since winning the 1983 national championship. 

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When NC State arrived in Washington, D.C. for the 2024 ACC Tournament, they entered on a four-game losing streak, and questions surrounded the program about the future of Kevin Keatts as the head coach. For just the second time in college basketball history, a team won five games in five days, as State won their first conference title since 1987, to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Entering the Big Dance, the question was how far could State ride that momentum, and that answer has resulted in a trip to the Final Four, their first since 1983, completely changing the outlook for Kevin Keatts and the program in general. 

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The Final Four is set, with UConn, Alabama, NC State, and Purdue all making their way to Phoenix for the 2024 Final Four. This is obviously a field that nobody predicted back on Selection Sunday, but this Final Four will offer intriguing storylines. UConn is seeking to become the first team in almost two decades to repeat as tournament champions, Alabama is proving that you don't have to be elite defensively to compete at the highest level, Zach Edey and Purdue are seeking their own redemptions story like Virginia 5 years ago, and then there's NC State, looking to replicate their run to the 1983 national championship. 

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The NCAA Tournament gets back underway later today, with two ACC teams in action in the West Region, in North Carolina and Clemson, After putting just 5 teams in this year's Big Dance, the ACC has 4 teams in the second weekend, for the 13th time in the history of the event, which has caused a firestorm on social media between die-hard ACC fans, and the national college basketball media, which devalued the conference all season long. 

This past weekend saw the NCAA tournament dwindle to 16 teams and the ACC is strongly represented with the conference occupying 4 of those 16 slots. Former Charlotte 49ers HC and NC State assistant Bobby Lutz joined Kyle Bailey as he broke down the ACC showing up yet again in March. The first topic broached […]