UNC's student section at the NCAA title game was filled with other studentsOn Monday, at the NCAA title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga, there was a row reserved for the UNC students to fill in, but 90 minutes before the game, white shirt students started filling in the seats, but those were not actually the UNC students.

While UNC failed selling out its student section, the nearby Arizona State volunteered to help and cheer for Monday’s game.

A senior at ASU, Cory Nelson, made the 26-mile trip from Tempe to Glendale with four of his friends, who were given little instructions besides to wear white.

Cory Nelson said:
“ASU got us tickets for free because UNC didn’t sell out their student section. So, they gave it to student organizations. I’ve got a buddy who works for athletics, and he sent me the link.”

He said:
“It can’t be any other school, and it can’t be ASU. So, just plain white.”

UNC's student section at the NCAA title game was filled with other studentsDuring a TV timeout, an ASU infomercial aired on the stadium’s videoboard, the students couldn’t stay disguised, more than 70 percent of the section of students held up the Sun Devils’ “Fork ‘Em” hand signal and cheered.

Mitch Johnston said:
“I’m here representing ASU, and I’m excited to be here. This was a huge surprise. I didn’t know what to do yesterday when I realized it. But I was like, ‘Alright, I’m about it. I can’t miss this opportunity.”

To cheer for North Carolina was not under the instructions for ASU students, but for one night, these Sun Devils decided to lend a new allegiance to UNC.

Johnston said:
“I came into the game thinking I’d maybe cheer for the Zags because they’re West Coast, but since I’m here and the energy is here, I’m excited and going for the Tar Heels”

UNC's student section at the NCAA title game was filled with other students

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