You would think that in Chapel Hill, up 82-72 with 2:18 left, that North Carolina would be able to put away rivals Duke, especially after the Blue Devils inexplicably lost to Miami at home.
Clearly, you haven’t watched enough Duke vs. North Carolina.
North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, who in fairness poured in 19 first half points, including the opening 7 for this team, was simply magnificent for Duke, particularly in the closing minute of regulation. After the Tar Heel lead dwindled down to 82-80, Zeller took to the free throw line with :44 left and calmly missed one of two, keeping the game at one possession for the Blue Devils.
Zeller went into total berserker mode on Duke’s next possession, tipping in Ryan Kelly’s tying three-point shot into his own net instead of corralling the basketball for a crucial rebound. Huge 2nd chance points for Duke, and Zeller provided it and the lead was down to 1. Zeller was fouled again with under 20 seconds left, and once again only hit one out of two free throws, giving Duke a chance to tie or win the game.
With the seconds ticking down, freshman sensation Austin Rivers was one-on-one with Tyler Zeller, and the 7-footer in clutch fashion defended with both arms down, leading to….well….this.
Duke ended the game on a 13-2 run and stunned North Carolina 85-84 thanks to Tyler Zeller, who put up one of the greatest crunch time performances in Blue Devil history. In that 13-2 run, Zeller scored 2 pts for Duke and took away 2 from North Carolina. Give that guy an honorary scholarship, Krzyzewski! (If they even exist)
On a completely serious note, that ending was insane and listening to Dick Vitale’s voice clearly not at 100% just makes me sad. Say what you want about him, but Dickie V in his prime would’ve outshouted both Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas in that sequence.
On another serious note, College Basketball > NBA. Not even a debate.