Duke, UNC is the best rivalry in sports
Posted February 9, 2012
Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill proves why Duke vs. North Carolina is the best rivalry game in the country.
The crowd at the Dean Smith Center was on their feet for the majority of the game. There were home-fan nerves early as the Carolina team trailed a hot-shooting Duke squad. There was home-fan excitement late as UNC stormed back to a lead.
A 15-2 run by the Blue Devils in the last two minutes of the game brought the Smith Center to a craze as Austin Rivers nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer for the 85-84 win.
That’s the thing, Duke looked all but defeated. But in true Duke and Carolina fashion, anything goes when the two teams hit the hardwood. Things that shouldn’t happen, happen.
Everyone is walking away from that game shocked – half in dejection the other half in joy. But I love it; can you imagine how much the Heels are going to want revenge come Cameron?
I’m sure diehard fans would rather a blow-out by their respective team, but in arguing that this is the best rivalry game in the country, you want games like that. You want it to come down to the wire.
I had friends texting me from California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Georgia - none of which went to UNC or Duke and none that are from the state of North Carolina. They all watched the game and were in shock of what a game it was.
Great rivalries draw attention from the entire country regardless of their ties, or lack thereof, to either team.
As a North Carolinian, take some pride in the fact that you live in the hot bed of college basketball and games like that happen in your backyard every year, multiple times.