UNC Duke Game: UNC vs Duke Basketball Game – Everybody who pays attention knows this isn’t the ACC’s best year for men’s basketball. UNC’s Tar Heels are having a tough season and Duke, which has done much better, is hardly having what its partisans would describe as a great year. Much the same for the rest of the league.
But still, the story in today’s New York Times on the NCAA’s best rivalry had this diss: “…when the vintage rivals meet in Chapel Hill, the No. 8 Blue Devils versus the unranked Tar Heels does not even present as the best game of the night. That would be No. 15 New Mexico visiting No. 23 U.N.L.V.”
The article, by Pete Thamel, goes on to note that Duke is “talented but flawed” and “sits on the fringe of a group of strong but not quite elite teams that could win the national title.” Thamel also wrote that midmajor teams may have a revival because of “blue-blood teams like North Carolina needing a tourniquet…”