While NC State may be favored to win the ACC, Duke should still be favored to win their rivalry with North Carolina.
The rivalry between the two elite North Carolina universities has certainly been more heated lately. The fire was fueled by competitors such as J.J. Reddick, Tyler Hansbrough, Kyrie Irving and Sean May.
Austin Rivers’ three-point dagger to win at the buzzer last season was only made more dramatic by the stage at which he did it.
This rivalry is like none other in college basketball. It is the benchmark by which all other rivalries are measured.
Each team knows that just 11 miles down the road is a bitter rival.
They hate each other, and they make each other better.
This year, though, Duke basketball has the advantage over North Carolina.