At the beginning of the season this matchup looked like a David and Goliath type of a game, but through the course of the season has become a clash of two nationally ranked teams as UNC has gotten past some early season troubles and the injury to Duke super-frosh Kyrie Irving has knocked the defending champs off their perch as the nation’s clear number one team.
Who everybody got on tonight big game Devils or Tarheels, I'm going wit Devils I was a big fan before I went off to college
Tonight going to the best rivalry game of all time duke north Carolina
And White continues:
I got the blue devils no doubt
Okay I’m ready to leave the minor league of basketball commenting and I think you know what that means. None other than Dick Vitale himself has been tweeting for almost 24 hours already and I’m writing 6 hours from tip-off. Here is Vitale’s rampage of tweets on what I would assume is his favorite night of the year:
Key - NC & Duke will be poise of NC stars & will Duke make 3's - Listen Podcast about BEST RIVALRY in college sports!
@dukebasketball This game is always special & the Cameron Crazies will be in high gear.
@ErinAndrews Showtime @ Cameron -r u serious?
Tonight is always one of the special nights in college hoops -ESPN @ 9PM UNC vs Duke.
Can UNC contain Duke's ability to shoot 3's? How will Marshall & Barnes respond with Cameron Crazies @ fever pitch? Early UNC lead vital!
So lets sort through the madness that is Dickie V’s tweets. The first two are fairly clear, Dickie V loves him some Cameron Crazies and he thinks the game will come down to Duke’s shooting and UNC’s poise, pretty straight-forward.
Next up, a little back and forth tweeting with ESPN personality Erin Andrews. Andrews responds with a little Twitter imitation of Vitale’s famous enthusiasm as she tweets:
And in classic Dickie V fashion, a little redundancy with only a little new information, Vitale again hits on the importance of UNC’s stars and Duke’s 3-point shooting, but adds that an early lead for UNC would be “vital,” in this match-up of top ACC foes.
So, what does everyone think? Can the recently mortal Blue Devils hold off the surging Tar Heels? My prediction (I’m a Duke fan): Duke 82 UNC 74
If you're not excited for this game yet, watch this: