One of the most storied rivalries in College Basketball, if not, the entire sports world. Better than the Yankees/Red Sox, better than the Celtics/Lakers, and better than the Jets/Pats rivalry.
The #21 seed University of North Carolina Tar Heels ventured to Duke University, to play the # 5 seeded Duke Blue Devils for the first of two meetings over the course of the season.
This game was a tale of two halves.
The first half was all Tar Heels. UNC came out of the gates strong, jumping out to an early 7-0 nothing lead. They did not let up. the fast start seemed to catch the Blue Devils off-guard. By the end of the half, the Tar Heels were up by 14 points.
At halftime, Coach K got his players fired up.
The Blue Devils came out on fire. They seemed to be a lot more aggressive, and blew past the flat Tar Heels. Half way through the second half, the Blue Devils took their first lead of the game, and never looked back. They were able to quell the late-second Tar Heel surge, and held on to win the game.
For the Blue Devils, this is a ‘signature win.’ This win will help Duke vault up the standings, and give them a strong case for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
On the other side, for the Tar Heels, this is a crushing defeat. They had a victory over a #5 seed, and give them a jump in the ACC standings, and the AP poll. But this defeat will crush more that the Tar Heels emotions. This loss will send them sliding down the AP poll, and will have to start making a case for getting into the March Madness Tournament.
After this game, I can’t wait for their second meeting at the University of North Carolina March 5th, the last game of the season for both teams.