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“We always talk about we have such great history at NC State, but it’s also time to build some new history,” coach Mark Gottfried said.

No. 10 Xavier comes from the Atlantic-10, the closest thing to a power conference without actually being one. This is the fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last five years for the Musketeers, who made their biggest news this season with an ugly brawl against crosstown rival Cincinnati that led to suspensions and knocked the team out of whack.

“The only guys that know what we went through were the guys who were in the locker room,” coach Chris Mack said. “Some would say it’s self-inflicted, but I know we have great kids. And I’m really proud of them today.”

Then, of course, there’s No. 13 Ohio _ enrollment 17,000 but with a basketball program that has, well, basically nothing in common with the better-known behemoths from the state that will join them in the Sweet 16 _ Ohio State, Xavier and Cincy.

“I do think our guys have a chip on their shoulder,” Ohio coach John Groce said. “I think our guys look forward to playing on the big stage against quality competition.”