Rivalries are almost always a must watch scenario. There’s something in the air that even though one team might be supremely dominate or has won the past 100 meetings, a rivalry always has a chance. Tonight, Wednesday February 20th, we’re faced with one of the greatest rivalries in sports.
#1 Duke. #8 UNC. A tale as old as time. These teams have 3 points that separate them in team meetings. I think the thing that makes this such an amazing matchup, tonight especially, is the star power these two programs produce. Look at this Duke roster as it currently sits. The part about this game that has me the most impressed is the ticket prices.
If you want to see this game in person, you’ll have to be willing to spend at least $2,000 for one seat. One ticket for tonights big game sold for $10,652 per Vivid Seats. Honestly, it was probably Lebron on his casual recruiting trip.
Let’s take a quick look at the top ten best finishes for Duke v UNC.
And just in case you don’t want to watch that entire clip, here’s my personal favorite Duke v UNC moment.
Right now, three of the top five picks in the draft will come from Duke. Cam Reddish has underperformed, but Jalen Rose has come out and said this kid has the tools to be the best all around player in this draft. The 6-8 PA native is averaging 13.8 points per game so far this year and is hitting 34% from deep. As amazing as the next two Duke players are, this kid is one of the keys to victory if he gets hot.
Then there’s R.J. Barrett. Barrett is known as the catalyst in this Duke lineup. As dominating as Zion has been and as electric as Reddish can be, this team lives and dies with Barrett. The 6-7 Canadian is averaging 22.7 points per game and hasn’t really looked back since putting on his Duke blues. The projected number two overall pick in the draft will look to use tonight to cement why he should go above his teammates.
Then there’s the man Zion. My lord, have we ever seen a player like this? Short answer, no. Lebron was a physically dominate player, but we were robbed of watching his grown ass man body dominate in college. Click here to smile today, because this kid is the best dunker we might ever see.
Although I’m a Duke fan, I’d be just an asshole if I didn’t talk about UNC in this matchup. Nassir Little has been the big name in UNC basketball this season, but has been largely underwhelming. Little has a highly promising frame, and his production will pick up at the next level.
The best UNC player this season has been guard Cameron Johnson. Johnson is averaging 16.3 points per game, with an impressive 51.7% from the field. Add that to a 47.9% seem three, this kid has just been electric.
My personal favorite UNC player by far is Luke Maye after his classroom attendance last season. This kid hit a GAME WINNING SHOT to beat Kentucky and send UNC to the final four and went to his 8 AM CLASS THE NEXT DAY.