Why there are no NCAA tournament games in North Carolina

The Duke Blue Devils celebrate after winning the 2017 ACC tournament title over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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  • No NCAA tournament games are being held in North Carolina this season
  • Previously awarded championship events were moved out of the state

(CNN)March Madness is in full swing and a multitude of men's NCAA tournament first-round games tip off Thursday and Friday across the country. Two of the title favorites come from North Carolina -- the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels.

But no NCAA tournament games will be held in North Carolina this season because of the state's "bathroom bill." In September, the NCAA announced it was moving previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year.