Duke and the University of North Carolina (UNC) are set to play one of two Final Four games this weekend, marking the first time the two teams have met in the March Madness tournament.
The two blue-blooded North Carolina schools have a rivalry that dates back decades and this weekend’s game takes place during the final season and potentially the final game of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The winner of the game will face either Villanova or Kansas in the NCAA National Championship game.
Newsweek prepared a pregame primer to compile everything you need to know before watching the Final Four game between Duke and UNC.
Time an/a Date of the game:
The No. 2-ranked Duke Blue Devils and the No. 8-ranked UNC Tar Heels are set to face off on Saturday, April 2 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Tipping for the game is scheduled for 8:49 p.m. EDT.
The game will be televised on TBS and can be streamed on multiple services, including Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV.
Lists and coaches:
The Duke Blue Devils are coached by Krzyzewski and will feature a starting five that will likely be: Jeremy Roach (guard), Wendell Moore Jr. (forward), AJ Griffin (forward), Paolo Banchero (forward) and Mark Williams (center ).
On the other side of the court, the UNC Tar Heels are coached by Hubert Davis. The Tar Heels starting five for Saturday will likely be Caleb Love (guard), RJ Davis (guard), Leaky Black (forward), Brady Manek (forward) and Armando Bacot (forward/center).
Last season, Duke and UNC played twice, with the two teams splitting games. Their first match was on February 5, with Duke defeating UNC 87–67.
The teams’ second matchup came just before the start of the ACC Conference Tournament on March 5, with UNC defeating Duke 94–81. The March 5 game was Krzyzewski’s final game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Overall Rivalry Record:
Although the two teams have never met in the March Madness tournament, Duke and UNC have faced each other 257 times since their first game in 1920. UNC currently leads the rivalry 142 to 115.
During his storied coaching career, Krzyzewski scored over 1,000 wins in 41 seasons with the Blue Devils. On the other side of the court, Davis is in his first year as UNC head coach. Davis led the team to a 28-9 record this season.
According to the NCAA, from 1921 to 1928, UNC won 16 straight games against Duke, which is the longest winning streak in the rivalry.
Last four appearances:
In addition to leading Duke in the game between the two teams, UNC also has more Final Four appearances than the Blue Devils. The Tar Heels have appeared in 21 Final Fours while Duke has appeared in 17.
Following Duke’s recent win over Arkansas, Krzyzewski earned his 13th Final Four appearance, which is the most in NCAA tournament history, surpassing John Wooden’s legendary record of 12.
Before Davis took over as head coach of the Tar Heels, former head coach Roy Williams led UNC to nine Final Four appearances, which is the fourth most in history. NCAA tournaments.
NCAA National Championships:
The Tar Heels lead the Blue Devils in March Madness Championship wins six to five. UNC won its last NCAA national championship in 2017, beating Gonzaga 71-65.
The Blue Devils won their last national championship in 2015, beating Wisconsin 68-63. Duke’s five national championships have been led by Krzyzewski.
Throughout Krzyzewski’s 46-year coaching career, he set the record for most wins in men’s college basketball history with 1,170. Krzyzewski also holds the record for most tournament wins NCAA, with 97, as well as a number of other records and accolades.
In addition to his storied career in college basketball, Krzyzewski also coached the United States men’s national basketball team at the Olympics, where he won six gold medals.