March Madness 2019: Will Duke, North Carolina finally meet in championship game? | NCAA Basketball

Duke and North Carolina are one weekend nearer to the final word matchup.

The faculties have mixed for 11 nationwide championships and 36 Ultimate 4 appearances, however one way or the other the Blue Devils and Tar Heels one way or the other have by no means met within the NCAA Event.

May that change in 2019? In any case, North Carolina and Duke are each 1-seeds, and the colleges superior to the Candy 16 in the identical season for the 15th time.

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Each groups will attempt to take one step nearer to that dream matchup on Friday. North Carolina takes on No. 5 Auburn within the Midwest Area semifinal at 7:29 p.m. ET. Duke faces No. Four Virginia Tech within the East Area semifinal at 9:39 p.m.

For these questioning how on the earth these two blue bloods have by no means crossed paths within the NCAA Event, right here’s a take a look at these earlier seasons during which each groups reached the Candy 16.

One misplaced within the Candy 16

In 11 of these seasons, both North Carolina or Duke misplaced within the Candy 16. No less than one of many two colleges entered the event as a 1-seed in 9 of these 11 seasons. The one years that was not the case had been 1989 and 1990.

This season, each groups are within the Candy 16 as No. 1 seeds for the primary time since 2005. Duke misplaced within the Candy 16 to Michigan State. North Carolina defeated Illinois within the title recreation for the primary of three nationwide championships below Roy Williams.

Right here’s a take a look at these seasons the place one staff misplaced within the Candy 16.

Together with this 12 months, the committee has put the Tar Heels and Blue Devils on reverse sides of the bracket to supply the tease of a nationwide championship recreation in seven of these 12 seasons.

YrUNCDukeSimilar facet of bracket?
1986Candy 16Ultimate 4No
1987Elite EightCandy 16No
1989Candy 16Ultimate 4No
1990Candy 16Runner UpSure
1992Candy 16ChampionNo
2000Ultimate 4Candy 16Sure
2005ChampionCandy 16Sure
2009ChampionCandy 16Sure
2011Elite EightCandy 16Sure
2015Candy 16ChampionNo
2016Runner UpCandy 16No
2019Candy 16*Candy 16*No

One misplaced within the Elite Eight

Duke and North Carolina reached the Elite Eight in 1988 and 1998.

In 1988, Arizona beat North Carolina 70-52. Duke superior to the nationwide championship recreation earlier than dropping to Kansas 66-59.

In 1998, Kentucky beat Duke 86-84 within the regional remaining. North Carolina misplaced 65-59 to Utah within the following spherical.

One misplaced within the Ultimate 4

Most followers on each side know the reply to this trivia query.

Duke and North Carolina each reached the Ultimate 4 in 1991, the place they joined Kansas — coached by Roy Williams — as undercards to defending nationwide champion UNLV.

Duke upset UNLV 79-77 in a single nationwide semifinal, and legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith was ejected within the following recreation in a 79-73 loss to Kansas.

Duke beat Kansas 72-65 within the nationwide championship recreation.

Odds it occurs this 12 months

On the very least, likes each 1-seeds to get again to the Ultimate 4. Duke is a 5/eight favourite to win the East Area, and North Carolina is a 27/20 favourite to win the Midwest Area.

Duke has the very best odds to achieve the nationwide championship recreation at 11/4. North Carolina is fourth at 7/1, behind Gonzaga 17/Four and Virginia 9/2.

So if there was a 12 months to get that dream matchup as soon as and for all, then this might be it.

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