One of the greatest rivalries in sports was renewed last night, but only one team showed up. North Carolina’s struggles continued last night as coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke beat the Tar Heels in their own building last night, 64-54. It was an ugly game that saw both teams shoot no better than 35 percent from the field.
“I thought it was a gritty performance,” Krzyzewski said. “The ball was not going in and they blocked a lot of shots. … For us to keep up our defense and rebounding when the ball wasn’t going in the basket was a big thing.”
The Blue Devils had lost six of seven meetings during a stretch that seemed to signal a shift in power between the programs back to the light blue in Chapel Hill. North Carolina (13-11, 2-7) has won two national championships, including last year in Detroit, since Duke last went to a Final Four in 2004. –Y! Sports.
Duke and UNC will close out the season in Durham on March 6th, and then the ‘Heels will almost certainly have to win the ACC tournament to get into the field of 65. Roy Williams’ squad, one year after winning the whole thing. It’s conceivable that the ACC could send eight teams to the tournament–and UNC wouldn’t be one of them. Unreal.