Report: Arizona State helps fill North Carolina student section

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The Tar Heels are getting some help from the Sun Devils at the national championship game.

North Carolina didn’t sell out its allotment of student-section tickets, so the space was populated by some Arizona State students, according to USA TODAY.

Tempe is just a short jaunt away from Glendale, the site of the FInal Four. The proximity and available tickets provided for quite the Monday evening opportunity for some Arizona State kids.

“I’m here representing ASU, and I’m excited to be here,” Mitch Johnston told USA TODAY. “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.’”

Certainly, big swaths of empty seats in a visible students section wouldn’t translate well to television, nor would the missing energy created by students -apparently, whether their school is one of the participants or not.

Tickets were free and came with little direction other than to wear white, according to the report.

Hey, if the Oscars has seat fillers, why can’t college basketball?