Duke vs. UNC in the Final Four is as big as college basketball gets, even if coaches and players downplay it

This Tar Heels vs. Blue Devils game in the Final Four is the most anticipated national semifinal in NCAA Tournament history

The 47-year coaching veteran sat at the dais in front of an anxious and eager army of reporters waiting to hear from Mike Krzyzewski one day before the most anticipated national semifinal in NCAA Tournament history.

Instead, the wily 75-year-old diagrammed a different play and changed the conversation. Krzyzewski proceeded to unfurl a monologue directed at his continued grievance toward the NCAA and how poorly it's run.

the NBA is basketball at its best and most beautiful. But no stage in hoops is bigger than a men's Final Four — both literally and figuratively. Given the sagas behind these programs

it has a chance, if it chooses, to adopt an underdog mindset specifically because of the way it lost the last time these teams met.

" Duke sophomore center Mark Williams said. "Just understanding that feeling of, damn … that's it. There's no more home game, there's no more ACC championship.

Winning 19 conference tournaments compared to 17 won by UNC and going 12-8 against UNC in conference tournament play 

Duke has dominated the conference tournaments, winning the most of any team in the conference. 

Duke or UNC? From the 1949-50 season through the 2018-19 season, UNC scored 13,581 points against Duke and allowed 13,559. That's a difference of just 22 points over 179 games, or 0.1 per matchup

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