Duke and UNC will face off against each other this Wednesday and there is a lot to be said about this age old and competitive rivalry, one which many pundits call the most intense in all of sports.
Both teams have had tough losses and big wins this season but one thing sets them apart and drives them in this clash and anything they compete against in – bragging rights.
Although Duke is ranked #1 in the coaches’ poll, North Carolina has all the bragging rights in the race for the Capital One Cup, which rewards the best in Division I sports. The Tar Heels rank ahead of the Blue Devils in the current standings .
For the past two years, in fact, North Carolina has bested Duke in the final men’s Capital One Cup standings proving that it doesn’t just take basketball to make an athletic program successful – it’s success across all sports.
The big game Wednesday night will only be a part of the puzzle. Duke’s chances to one-up Carolina will rely on the momentum they can gain from winning this game and advancing towards a goal of a national championship and 60 points in the race for the Capital One Cup.