The stakes have never been higher for No. 2-seed Duke and No. 8-seed North Carolina, with the two sides facing off Saturday in the Final Four in New Orleans for the first time in NCAA tournament history. With a spot in the national championship game on the line, here's who our beats predict will come out on top.
Duke comes in as a four-point favorite in this Elite Eight matchup against Arkansas in San Francisco. At the end of this one, the winner at Chase Center will come away with a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans and a chance at putting their team in the college basketball record books.
Duke will face off against Texas Tech at 9:30 p.m. at Chase Center in San Francisco, and given the way these two teams match up and the one-point spread in favor of the Red Raiders, all signs point to a nail-biter. Let's see who our beats pick to move on to the Elite Eight.
Duke enters its Round of 32 matchup as 6.5-point a favorite and has a tough draw against Michigan State. The Blue Devils last played the Spartans in the 2019-20 season and won, but the last time these two squads met in the NCAA tournament, Michigan State came out on top. Let's take a look at who our beats think will be moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.
No. 2-seed Duke has its first game of the NCAA tournament Friday against No. 15-seed Cal State Fullerton. The Blue Devils come in as 18.5-point favorites leading up to their 7:10 p.m. tipoff against the Titans in Greenville, S.C.
Saturday is Coach K's final dance in Cameron Indoor Stadium. And it's against North Carolina. No further introduction.
Eight United States presidents. Five PlayStation consoles. The Harlem Shake. Mike Krzyzewski has seen them all during his tenure as head coach at Duke.
The Blue Devils toyed with the Seminoles in the first half but used a second-half surge to put away Florida State for good, taking Krzyzewski’s penultimate home contest by a whopping 88-70 margin.
The ninth-ranked Blue Devils cleaned the Tar Heels’ clocks 87-67 in the first rivalry game with fans in attendance since 2020. It also marked Hubert Davis’ first dance with the Devils as North Carolina’s head coach. Freshman forward AJ Griffin made sure Davis’ debut was not a happy one.