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Two games, three rivals. All in a day’s work for CBS’s Allie Laforce

CBS's Allie Laforce talks with N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts at halftime of N.C. State's game against UNC at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
CBS's Allie Laforce talks with N.C. State head coach Kevin Keatts at halftime of N.C. State's game against UNC at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Two games played over a four-hour period. All three Triangle ACC schools involved. Three top-10 teams on the courts,

Days like Saturday are why college basketball in the Triangle is so great.

With CBS broadcasting NC State at No. 10 UNC and No. 4 Virginia at No. 2 Duke games as a doubleheader to the nation, reporter Allie Laforce had to take in a special day of college basketball.

Laforce took over the CBS Instagram account on Friday to send updates from Durham and Chapel Hill as she interacted with fans.

“It’s been really great,” Laforce said. “We started in K-ville last night. These fans that have been camping out all week for a chance to come to this game. Pure dedication. This morning we talked to UNC fans who were in line since 5 in the morning because they wanted the first row of the risers. Just the passion of the basketball fans.”

On Saturday, she worked as sideline reporter for the NC State-UNC game at the Smith Center with plans to leave with eight minutes remaining so she could make the eight-mile drive into Durham to be at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Virginia-Duke tipoff.

“No police escort,” Laforce said. “I think that’s part of getting the true experience of what it’s like to see these two games in one day. Hopefully we’ll make it on time.”

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