The 2022 Final Four brought us one of the more anticipated fields in recent memory, with the highlight between the first-ever meeting between bitter rivals Duke and North Carolina. Through one half of play on Saturday in New Orleans, we have the fight everyone expected on our hands with the Blue Devils taking a 37-34 lead into the locker room.
Leading the way through the first 20 minutes for the Blue Devils has been stud freshman Paolo Banchero, who has dropped in 10 points along with six rebounds. For the Tar Heels, RJ Davis has carried the load to the tune of 14 points.
This is a meeting of historic proportions, and we’re 20 minutes away from one of these rivals moving on to face Kansas in the NCAA championship game on Monday night.
LIVE updates: Score, highlights and analysis as Duke battles North Carolina in the Final Four on Saturday
How to watch Duke vs. North Carolina
Date: Saturday, April 2 | Time: 8:49 p.m. ET
Location: Caesars Superdome — New Orleans
TV: TBS | Live stream: March Madness Live
Duke vs. North Carolina: Need to Knows
About the Blue Devils: For Mike Krzyzewski to walk off the court in New Orleans as a national champion for the sixth time, closing his career with a title, would be among the best stories in all of American sports. Duke’s expectation is to compete at a high level and be in a position to win two games in the Final Four and do so, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they’ve got what it takes. Beating two of the best defensive teams in the NCAA Tournament eliminates the idea that there’s some secret to stopping Duke’s success, which means the onus is on the coaches and players to be in position to make history. — Chip Patterson
About the Tar Heels: According to BartTorvik.com, where you can not only check out season-long adjusted efficiency numbers but also sort the data set by date, North Carolina is the No. 1 team in the…