Which blue prevails?
By: Trent Little
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The Duke and North Carolina rivalry surpasses all rivalries in sports. In rivalry games you can throw out the record, so which ever team loses this game will be crushed. Ask any Tar Heel fan, losing to that other blue team is dreadful, vice versa for Duke fans. Tonight another chapter in the battle of Tobacco Road will take place as the ninth-ranked Blue Devils will travel about ten minutes up NC 15-501 to face the fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. While the rivalry hasn’t been exciting over the past years, tonight’s game is very important for both teams because of the stakes that exist. The Blue Devils are in an unfamiliar spot losing to the Miami Hurricanes at home in their last game, a loss tonight could give the Blue Devils their first set of back-to-back losses since 2009. In that win, the Hurricanes also exposed Duke’s offensively minded guards Austin Rivers and Seth Curry in capability to play defense, which might prove more significant tonight. The Tar Heels will be the best offense Duke will play all season, they lead the NCAA in rebounds, points per game, and fourth in assists. This has been one of Coach K’s most challenging seasons at Duke due to the lack of athletes and real point guards on his roster. In the last game he made an unexpected move inserting Sophomore Josh Hairston in the starting lineup. If he pulls a move like that tonight expect whoever he’s guarding to have a career night. (Harrison Barnes maybe?) The one concern I have for Coach K is whose going to guard the potential number one pick in this year’s upcoming draft? For most of the season Coach K has decided to go with a 3 guard lineup in Rivers, Curry, and Dawkins and two big men in Kelly, and Plumlee. No one in that lineup can guard Barnes, I mean no one on Duke’s roster can guard Barnes. So that leaves the assignment of Harrison Barnes to……………Josh Hairston(lol). When you throw in the deep bench of the Tar Heels spearheaded by the real Hairston, P.J. and Reggie Bullock it just looks scary for the Blue Devils tonight. I advise all Blue Devil fans to watch the game at your house don’t go to any public places, because it will get ugly tonight.
Prediction: Tar Heels rout.
In honor of NCAA Rivalry week, I’m posting a poll for all UNC and Duke fans to come check in, take trash and represent for their favorite team! Tonight the DOOK BLue Devils take on [my] Carolina Tarheels in the best rivalry of ALL TIME!! Tom Brady or Eli Manning no longer exist!! It’s time for some BASKETBALL…
Vote on your Fav team and leave your trash talking in the comment box!!! BY THE WAY: I BLEED CAROLINA BLUE!!!!