Welcome to March Madness, North Carolina.
We have five teams in the NCAA Tournament this year: Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina Central, UNC Wilmington and Wake Forest. You’re most likely pulling for one of these squads to cut down the nets in Phoenix.
But if you want to dig a little deeper — and possibly shake up your bracket a bit — I may have an option for you.
Of the 68 teams in the field, 26 of them have at least one player from the state of North Carolina on their roster. Yes, many of these players are on the five teams representing the Tar Heel state in the tournament, but some of these squads may come as a surprise.
UNCW leads the way with eight players from the state on their roster, followed by UNC (6), Wake Forest (5) and North Carolina Central (4).
Here’s a look at the 26 teams and 48 players to pull for during the Big Dance.
Chris Flemmings, R-Sr., Cary
Denzel Ingram, Sr., Chapel Hill
C.J. Bryce, So., Charlotte
JaQuel Richmond, R-So., Greensboro
Jaylen Fornes, Fr., Pamlico County
Nick Powell, Jr., Greensboro
Matt Elmore, Fr., Jacksonville
Marcus Bryan, R-Jr., Raleigh
Kennedy Meeks, Sr., Charlotte
Isaiah Hicks, Sr., Oxford
Theo Pinson, Jr., Greensboro
Stilman White, Sr., Wilmington
Luke Maye, So., Huntersville
Aaron Rohlman, Jr., Gastonia
Brandon Childress, Fr., Winston-Salem
Keyshawn Woods, R-So., Gastonia
Greg McClinton, R-Jr., Winston-Salem
Anthony Bilas, So., Charlotte
Aaron Spivey, So., Rocky Mount
North Carolina Central
Dajuan Graf, R-Sr., Charlotte
Raekwon Harney, R-Jr., Winston-Salem, Louisburg College
Marius McAllister, R-Jr., Durham
John Guerra, So., Cary.
Bam Adebayo, Fr., Little Washington
Sacha Killeya-Jones, Fr., Chapel Hill
Mount St. Mary’s
Junior Robinson, Jr., Mebane
Chris Wray, Jr., Shelby
Cody Martin, Jr., Mocksville
Caleb Martin, Jr., Mocksville
Kadeem Allen, Sr., Wilmington
Al Freeman, Jr., Charlotte
Ben Robertson, Fr., High Point
Tyler Lewis, R-Sr., Statesville
Gary Clark, Jr., Clayton
Davion Mintz, Fr., Charlotte
Harry Giles, Fr., Winston-Salem
East Tennessee State
Kanayo Obi-Rapu, Jr., Greensboro
Florida Gulf Coast
Rayjon Tucker, So., Charlotte
Simeon Carter, So., Charlotte
Devonte’ Graham, Jr., Raleigh
Isaiah Maurice, R-Fr., Durham
Ebuka Izundu, So., Charlotte
Ricky Council II, So., Durham
Madison Jones, Sr., Raleigh
Tommy Corchiani, Fr., Raleigh
Matthew Fisher-Davis, Jr., Charlotte
Jay Huff, Fr., Durham
Ty Outlaw, R-Jr., Roxboro
Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.