A Great Rivalry

Tonight is the first part of the annual two-part (minimum) Duke-Carolina rivalry, and I am pretty excited. I love pro sports, and I love the rivalries in them, but their is something better about college rivalries and this is simply one of the greatest.

  • Both teams are ranked in the Top-25 right now. That’s not a big deal for this rivalry as the last time they played when neither one was ranked was in 1960!
  • Both teams have won 5 National Championships each, and combined for 34 Final Four appearances.
  • It is about 10 miles to get from one campus to the other down Tobacco Road.
  • They have two of the best coaches in the game, both for X’s and O’s and for the people they are.

So with the NFL gone, pitchers and catchers not quite here, and the NHL and NBA in their mid-February doldrums, why not check out a great college basketball game? After all, March Madness is just around the corner.



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  • Greg  On February 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve never been much of a fan of college sports or of basketball, but I had occasion to watch a Duke-NC game back in February of 2006 (from my brother-in-law’s home in Shanghai, of all places) and I was really impressed. The game was very close, extremely well played and incredibly intense. I remembered thinking that this rivalry certainly didn’t take a back seat to Yankees-Red Sox by any means. The fans and the teams were clearly into it. Easily the most entertaining basketball game I’ve ever watched. I found the youthful exuberance of the players a refreshing change from the pros. No prima donnas, no show boating, just hard-fought, well-played basketball.

  • Greg  On February 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Looks like it was a pretty good game. Duke (20-6) defeated UNC (21-5), 74-73. Did you watch it?

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 20, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Great game, even though the bad guys won! Watched the whole thing unfortunately!

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