RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The 16-team field is set for the NBA playoffs. Tobacco Road — North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, and N.C. State — are well represented with 25 players in the postseason.
The Blue Devils lead the way with a dozen alumni on nine teams vying for a championship. That list features marquee names on some of the most favored teams: Quinn Cook with the defending champion Golden State Warriors and Rodney Hood for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving played one year of college basketball at Duke, but is to miss the remainder of the season due to an injury.
The Tar Heels follow Duke with eight former players in the NBA playoffs. Tyler Zeller and Josh Henson are both on the roster for a Milwaukee Bucks that faces a tough first-round challenge in Boston. UNC also has Ed Davis as third-seeded Portland's third-best rebounder.
Chris Paul is the most notable Wake Forest product. He's helped Houston usurp the defending champions to earn the west's No. 1 seed.
Lorenzo Brown is the lone Wolfpack representative. He's a reserve guard for the Tortonto Raptors, which earned the top seed out of the east.
As a league, the Atlantic Coast Conference's 47 former players in the postseason leads all other NCAA basketball conferences.
The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday.
WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:
Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
- NC man forces way into home, accuses girl of taking weed, deputies say
- NC authorities investigate assault of middle school teacher
- NC day care director charged with striking 2-year-old
- Former NC policeman slammed woman 'face first to the ground,' indictment says