When the NCAA and Duke were ready to make a deal to keep Duke from playing in the ACC Championship Game
Duke and North Carolina were going to have to make some hard decisions on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and their own spots.
It was a difficult time to be in the Big Ten, but Duke had been a top-ranked team since 2009.
It wasn’t going to be easy for Duke, but it was not going to cost them a spot in the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA’s decision to keep the Tar Heels in the postseason and Duke in the Elite Eight was made, and now Duke and the ACC are on the same page.
“We made a decision we were going into the season with the intent to have North Carolina and Duke playing in this tournament, but that was not the right choice,” North Carolina athletic director Joe Paterno said.
“And Duke, we did not want them to have the opportunity to play in this event.
So we made a commitment to them and to Duke and we’re glad we did.”
Duke is going to play North Carolina in the tournament, Paternon said.
Duke is happy with the way the NCAA did it, but Paterdon said he’s happy Duke was able to put it behind them and focus on the ACC title game.
“You can’t just go out there and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this and we want to play a top program in the country.
We want to do it, and we need to have it,'” Paternov said.”
And the reason Duke did it is because we were prepared to make the right decision.”
Duke’s top two scorers, Jordan Hulls and Jaren Jackson, have combined for 21 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in 14 games this season.
The Tar Heel is shooting 37.8 percent (18 of 46) and is averaging 12.5 assists.
It will be interesting to see if the Tar Sheels and North Carolinas are able to find chemistry as a team.
North Carolina is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 and North and Duke are No. 2 and No. 4, respectively.
The two schools play in the first round of the NCAA championship game on Sunday.