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Men’s Final Four Matchup Between North Carolina And Duke Was An Instant Classic

Men's Final Four Matchup Between North Carolina And Duke Was An Instant Classic

North Carolina (UNC) and Duke’s first ever game together in the men’s NCAA tournament was always going to be historic. The fact that we finally got it in the Final Four and during Mike Kryzewski’s final year before retirement made it perhaps one of the most expected matches in the history of the NCAA tournament.

With UNC as a number 8 seed and Duke struggling entering March, this game simply felt too fabulous to be correct. It should have not been possible for this game to live up to such an immense level of the hype, but somehow it did that.

North Carolina defeat Duke, 81-77, to punch their ticket to the national championship match. The Tar Heels will now combat Kansas for the national championship. The Jayhawks defeated Villanova 81-65, in the other semifinal.

This was truly one of the best matches you will ever witness. Coach K’s career ends with a defeat to his archival.

The game is as expected

The last minutes of this game were actually incredible. Trevor Keels hit a three-pointer to allow Duke a one-point lead with just over two minutes left. NC’s Brady Manek answered with his own 3 on the next take-over to put Duke back up. Duke came down and saw Keels for a three that missed, but Duke grabbed the offensive rebound, swung the ball to Wendell Moore, and saw him hit another go-ahead three.

North Carolina had the lead back on free throws from R.J Davis. Then Duke’s Mark Williams missed a pair of free throws. On UNC’s next takeover, Caleb Love hit a ridiculous pull-up three-pointer to put the Heels up four. This was the biggest hit of the night.

It was not yet over. Duke’s Jeremy Roach drove down and scored a layup to cut the lead to 2. After Love split free throws after an international error, Duke had one more chance down three points. Trevor Keels was fouled and split his free throws to get Duke down two.

Duke fouled Love on the next possession, and he made both free throws to give UNC the win.

North Carolina’s Final Four Game Was Not In Vain

This Tar Heels team was in jeopardy of missing the NCAA tournament midway through the year after Duke defeat them by 20 points on their soil. North Carolina rallied late in the season- popularly giving Duke a double-digit defeat in Coach K’s last ever home match game on March 5.

UNC got into this tournament as a No. 8 seed. They got off No. 1 seed Baylor in the round of 32, but almost blew a 25-point lead before doing it. North Carolina’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA was convincing enough, whether this was a Final Four caliber team after easily moving past No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s in the Elite Eight.

UNC proved itself in the biggest game of the season in the Final Four against Duke. North Carolina showed how much talent this team always had. Love was electric, ending with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Armando Bacot was fantastic inside despite rolling his ankle late, finishing the night with 21 rebounds and 11 points. Davis added 18 points and Manek had 14 points in the win.

This North Carolina team checks almost every box you want in a college basketball contender with great guard play, a physical force inside in Bacot, and enough shooting on the wings. These Heels are fully worthy of winning it all.

We have got Paolo Banchero pegged as our No. 1 prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft since July. While other top prospects have struggled on the biggest stages in this tournament, Banchero has been incredible throughout Duke’s game. He turned in another great match against UNC.

Banchero put his full skill set on show. At 6’10, 250 pounds, he hit pull-up threes, scored in the post, and displayed dynamic driving ability. He ended with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting from the field in the loss.

Kansas Against North Carolina in the men’s national title game will be credible

Jayhawks are a No. 1 seed and the Tar Heels are No. 8 seed, but it does not feel like there’s a favorite going into this one. The both teams plays amazing basketball.

We cannot wait to see what surprises are left in stock as an outstanding men’s NCAA Btournament has only one game left.

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