CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 WJZY) - Tar Heels nation in full effect Thursday afternoon at the Spectrum Center.
"It's so cool I kind of just want to get on the court," said one UNC fan.
"I think it's really cool to be here on the front row," said another.
Carolina fans across the state and beyond coming together for a rare opportunity to see their favorites up close and personal.
"I love college basketball. I've always been a big tournament fan and to see them for free it's great for me.
"It's almost like a game, the excitement you see from it," a young fan said.
Carolina even getting some love from conference foes.
"Even though we are Virginia fans, we are all the way ACC fans so it was great to see them play as well."
While others are simply enjoying the atmosphere a day like this can provide.
With tip-off just around the corner, there's plenty of optimism that Carolina will have another special tournament run.