We here on the NBA side of the basketball world are hardly immune to the allure of college hoops. The pageantry, the passion, the sheer unpredictability of March Madness, the one shining moments, guys named Spike—these are all fantastic phenomena that can't quite be found at the professional level, no matter how hard the league's brain trust may try to change that.
And let's not forget about the rivalries. Oh...the rivalries.
No hardwood hatred is more celebrated than the Tobacco Road tete-a-tete between Duke and North Carolina. These two basketball blue bloods will meet for the 238th time Saturday, when the 14th-ranked Tar Heels put their 12-game winning streak on the line against the fourth-ranked Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
As much as this rivalry is one of regional animus, what sets UNC-Duke apart from every other matchup at the collegiate level is the ever-lengthening list of great players who've taken part in making it what it is today—from Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Rasheed Wallace in Chapel Hill to Grant Hill, Mike Gminski and Christian Laettner in Durham.
But before we all delve into the next chapter of this storied standoff, with pros like Jabari Parker and James Michael McAdoo itching to leave their mark, let's have a look at which school could field the superior starting five of active NBA players.