It may lead to a civil war in the state of North Carolina.
However, like it or not, the Final Four game between the Duke University men’s basketball team and the team eight miles down the road – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – is taking place on Saturday, April 2. There are so many storylines to the game that, even before the UNC Tarheels finished beating the St. Peter’s Peacocks to earn the fourth slot in the final four, television sports analysts were raving about the upcoming game.
Even those who don’t live in the state of North Carolina were expressing tremendous excitement about seeing the greatest rivalry in college basketball occur on the NCAA Final Four stage for the first time. One ESPN analyst said the game would be “absolutely insane” while another agreed and added that he was just going to get out the popcorn and not take his eyes off the screen for a second during the game.
This would be a huge game any year. However, in 2022, it takes on a much greater significance: This is Duke Coach Michael William Krzyzewski’s final season coaching college basketball after being one of the best in the game for over 40 years. Carolina, on the other hand, is being led by a first-year head coach, Hubert Davis, whose team struggled early in the year. Now, Davis could see the greatest coaching accomplishment of his lifetime come about in his first year as a head coach.
The tip-off time at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans will be 8:49 p.m. for the Game of the Century, which will be broadcast on TBS. The winner will move on to the national championship game to face the winner of the Villanova- Kansas game, and the losing team, along with all of its fans, will crawl into an emotional hole and not mention the word “basketball” for at least a year.