After a crazy few weeks, there are only hoops royalty left in the Final Four | Arizona Wildcats Basketball

Duke and North Carolina have met 256 times, including in Krzyzewski’s last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, when the Tar Heels ruined the night with a win that propelled them to the Final Four.





North Carolina’s Armando Bacot, right, collides with Saint Peter’s KC Ndefo during the first half on Sunday. The clock struck midnight for the Peacocks as the Tar Heels entered the Final Four.


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Yet somehow, the bluest of the bluebloods never collided in the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m not even thinking about that right now,” said Hubert Davis, who played for the Tar Heels in the Final Four and led them into his first year as head coach. “Right now, I’m so happy that our guys have the opportunity to play in the Final Four. That’s the only thing on my mind.

The Blue Devils locked their spot Saturday night when Paolo Banchero and Co. used a big run to tidy up Arkansas and send Krzyzewski’s farewell tour to the Big Easy. It will be his 13th trip to the Final Four, breaking a tie with UCLA’s John Wooden for the most in history, and making 17 overall for the Duke program.

“We knew we were capable of this, and that’s what we’ve been working for since June,” Banchero said. “Finally coming to New Orleans and having a chance to play for a national championship is a blessing. I’m just proud of how we came together.

North Carolina will be making its record-breaking 21st Final Four appearance, and the four teams heading to the Superdome have combined to make it an incredible 61 times. Together they cut the nets 17 times.

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