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NC State freshman Abdul-Malik Abu made a promise at his friend Deah Barakat's wedding that the Wolfpack would dispatch North Carolina and Duke in the same season -- the perfect wedding gift. On Jan. 11, the Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils, as Abu fulfilled half of the vow.
But Barakat, his new wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, and his new brother-in-law Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10, before they could see Abu and his teammates beat North Carolina. The Wolfpack won 58-46 Tuesday night, ending their 12-game losing streak at Chapel Hill.
When I heard the news I was in disbelief I couldn't quite understand how this was possible. I couldn't wrap my head around the thought of you and your beautiful wife no longer being alive. you supported me before you met me and showed unconditional love when you did. always excited and happy, always willing to joke around about how the season would go. For the short time I've known you, you blessed me with the opportunity to attend your wedding a wedding I see as my first real wedding. We didn't grow up together but when I heard the news I was hurt like I've known you my whole life. I just wanna say thank you to you your wife and family for the support and making North Carolina feel like home. Rest in peace brother and sisters may Allah bless all three of you with the highest heaven. I know you'll always and forever be a NC State supporter. Rest easy my dude
For Abu, the win meant he made good on a promise and ensured that for one night, there were a whole lot more Wolfpack fans.
Sadly, at least for Michigan State fans, the Spartans have been knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Louisville. Michigan State is the first No. 1 seed to fall in the tournament, but both Kentucky and North Carolina could take the plunge this evening if all doesn't go according to plan. Three double-digit seeds will be looking to end some tournament dreams early and keep the clock from striking midnight on their own personal Cinderella stories, but will we see any more upsets in the second half of the Sweet 16?
(1) Kentucky vs. (4) Indiana
Kentucky has run roughshod over its first two opponents, while Indiana barely survived a scare against VCU.
(1) North Carolina vs. (13) Ohio
No. 13 Ohio is the lowest-ranked team still remaining, having upset both Michigan and South Florida in the first two rounds.
(2) Kansas vs. (11) NC State
Both NC State and Kansas survived close games in the round of 32 -- NC State upset Georgetown 66-63, while Kansas eked out a 63-60 win against Purdue.
(3) Baylor vs. (10) Xavier
Baylor and Xavier are coming off of big wins in the round of 32, a far cry from the close games they won in the round of 64.