Duke vs. North Carolina: The 5 Best Subplots in This ACC Showdown

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Duke vs. North Carolina: The 5 Best Subplots in This ACC Showdown
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My favorite part of sports is the narratives they create. Without that, sports are just a collection of stats and physiology. It’s the stories behind the games that makes every dribble, pass and made shot pregnant with enough meaning to pull you out of your seat.

The Duke/North Carolina rivalry is never short on narrative. It’s always a battle between two storied programs that represent the height of college hoops. From the combined history to the competition for top recruits, the past and future merge into the present for 40 minutes of monumental basketball.

You should study the stats and debate the keys to victory, but don’t get lost in the numbers. Digits don’t make this rivalry great; the narrative does.

So going into this Saturday’s latest incarnation of good versus evil, these are the five best subplots that make the game more than just what happens on the court.

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