PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WNCN) – UNC-Wilmington and Duke are set to tip things off Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
And for the family of UNC-Wilmington’s leading scorer, it’s a house divided.
Seahawks guard Chris Flemmings grew up in Cary, so he is well familiar with the deep basketball tradition in the state. But his mom is a die-hard Duke fan, making it a little tougher for her to pull for her son’s team.
The game is Thursday at 12:15 p.m. and marks the debut of the NCAA Tournament on CBS North Carolina.
In fact, Tracey Flemmings was torn when she found out her son’s team was going up against “her” Blue Devils.
“When the selection came out Sunday, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s the first time in my life I won’t be able to root for Duke,’” Tracey Flemmings said.
The matchup has led to some friendly trash talk between the Chris Flemmings and his mom leading up to the game.
“Just poking fun at her and talking about things like that. She definitely supports UNC-W first and Duke second but it’s definitely going to be a fun atmosphere and fun game,” said Chris Flemmings, who averages 16.1 points per game.
Family ties to the ACC are also strong for Seahawks guard Devin Ingram. He grew up in Chapel Hill and has been an N.C. State fan his whole life.
“My high school coaches have been texting me stuff about Duke, saying ‘Go beat Duke’ and ‘We hate Duke,’” Ingram said. “And I’ve got some friends of mine that are from the Durham area that are telling me, ‘Watch out for Duke.’ So you just try to block it all out and treat it like any other game.”
As for Tracey Flemmings, she said she will be able to handle not cheering for Duke because the pride she feels for her son always outweighs how Duke does on the court.
“It is amazing – never thought this day would come,” she said. “So happy that it’s here – it’s just phenomenal.”
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