I love this time of year. Spring is right around the corner and college basketball is at its zenith.
Tonight my beloved Duke Blue Devils (27-3) are playing arch rival Carolina (21-9) at the famed “Dean Dome” in Chapel Hill. Tipoff is 9:00 PM ET and airs on ESPN.
This is the last day of the ACC’s regular season. Duke has been on one helluva roll of late devastating the hapless Demon Deacons of Wake Forest 94-51. Seventeen days ago the Tarheels lost a heartbreaker to Duke in overtime 92-90. The Heels are looking for payback. Can they do it? I don’t think so. They’re playing at home but the bad news is they’ve won a scant 6 games in their last 16 meetings against Coach K’s team.
If, and I do mean if, the Heels miraculously win tonight the Louisville Cardinals will be the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament. But I’m not going to think about that. Duke is 4-1 against the top five teams in the league and the Heels are 1-4.
First round games start this Tuesday. Second round is Wednesday with the quarterfinals set for Thursday.
None of my friends are Dookies, but that won’t stop me from donning my Blue Devil’s regalia (there’s no shame in my game) and walking into my favorite watering hole/sports bar where they will all be congregated to cheer my boys on to victory.
GO DUKE (GTHC)
And since no basketball post would be complete without some pom-poms, here’s a pretty Duke cheerleader to feast your eyes on.