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NC State’s DJ Burns jabs Duke star Jared McCain after latest March Madness upset



NC State advanced to the Final Four Sunday after upsetting No. 4-seeded Duke, and Wolfpack big man DJ Burns poked some fun at Blue Devils star Jared McCain on social media after the game.

Burns posted a video on his Instagram Story of teammate DJ Horne hitting a 3-pointer after getting McCain to bite on a pump fake.

He then edited McCain dancing into the clip.

NC State’s DJ Burns celebrates after the team’s March Madness win over Duke on March 31, 2024. Getty Images
Duke’s Jared McCain reacts during a loss to NC State on March 31, 2024. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

McCain is known for posting dancing videos of himself on his TikTok account and has been made fun of on the internet for his dancing and painted fingernails for some time.

Ironically, while Burns may be poking fun at McCain because it’s easy, McCain was the reason Duke even had a chance in this game.

The 6-foot-3 guard finished with 32 points and six rebounds. Those 32 points accounted for half of Duke’s total points. No other Blue Devil player finished with more than 13.

NC State shut down Duke star Kyle Filipowski; the big man finished with just 11 points, going 3-for-12 from the field.

Duke’s Jared McCain tries to shoot against NC State’s DJ Burns on March 31, 2024. AP
DJ Burns scored 29 points to lead NC State past Duke 76-64 and advance to the Final Four USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

McCain’s 32 may have led all scorers, but Burns led his team to victory with 29 points on 13-for-19 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

His performance caught the attention of two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic.

After a dominant performance of his own Sunday, in which the Nuggets center finished with 26 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists, Jokic praised the Wolfpack big man.

“He’s amazing,” Jokic said. “I think he’s so skilled, especially lefty. I love to go lefty. Seemed like teammates like to play with him. Got to be a good guy.”

NC State’s miraculous run will continue Saturday when they face their toughest test yet against Zach Edey and the No. 1-seeded Purdue Boilermakers in the first Final Four matchup in Phoenix.

Edey led Purdue to its first Final Four appearance since 1980 with a career-high 40 points against Tennessee Sunday, outlasting Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht, who finished with 37, respectively.

The Wolfpack have won nine straight games since ending the regular season on a four-game losing streak at 17-14.

They ran through the ACC Tournament to secure their spot in March Madness, ousting Duke and North Carolina along the way, before taking out Texas Tech, Oakland and Marquette in the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament.





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