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NDSU tops NC Central, will play No. 1 overall seed Duke in NCAA Tournament

It'll be a matchup with the Blue Devils in the official first round.

North Dakota State, known for it's dynasty football program, has a chance to make hoops history Friday when it faces Duke in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. 

The Bison defeated North Carolina Central 78-74 in a matchup of No. 16 seeds in the First Four playing for the right to advance to the Round of 64 for a game against No. 1 overall seed Duke. 

NDSU has five players from Minnesota on its roster. Duke has one: Tre Jones, a 5-star recruit who starts at point guard alongside a bunch of star players, including the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Zion Williamson, and potential No. 2 overall pick, R.J. Barrett. 

The five Minnesota natives on NDSU's roster: 

  • Vinnie Shahid (Hopkins High School)
  • Jarius Cook (Park Center High School)
  • Odell Wilson IV (Minneapolis North High School)
  • Jordan Horn (Tartan High School)
  • Rocky Kreuser (Totino-Grace High School)

Shahid scored 14 points against NC Central and Kreuser added four points, five rebounds and four blocks. 

NDSU and Duke will play at 6:10 p.m. Central Time in Columbia, South Carolina. For ticket information, if you're willing to go travel across the country to witness a chance at a historic upset, click here

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