The previous two seasons of faculty basketball’s biggest rivalry have not been regular.
Throughout Hubert Davis’ first season as North Carolina males’s basketball coach in 2021-22, the clashes with Duke have been overshadowed by the looming departure of Mike Krzyzewski (and in a single case a spot within the Nationwide Title recreation).
Final 12 months was an unmitigated catastrophe for the Tar Heels, who earned the doubtful distinction of changing into the primary preseason No. 1 workforce to not make the NCAA Event and have been swept by Duke’s personal debutant head coach Jon Scheyer.
However this season, the largest story is as soon as once more extra in regards to the gamers on the ground relatively than the coaches on the bench.
For the forty ninth time — 35 greater than some other matchup in school basketball — the No. 3 Tar Heels (17-4, 9-1 ACC) and No. 7 Blue Devils (16-4, 7-2) conflict whereas each ranked within the Associated Press’ top 10.