- Noah Thompson
The Generous Blue Devils Give Away Another One
The best rivalry in sports. There’s nothing like it. The Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Saturday, the Tar Heels got the best of the Blue Devils in a tight game that came down to the wire with a final score of 91 to 87.
Although the box score may have shown a classic tight, back and forth contest between the two rivals, the last play of the game perfectly described how Duke’s season has gone.
Duke, down two with thirteen ticks left on the game clock, had possession. With a chance to tie or take the lead, Duke’s Wendell Moore has the ball in his hands. Moore, a Sophomore from Charlotte who has one of the (if not the) best plays in the history of the rivalry, charges to the basket. Getting there with ease everyone is thinking “he has a chance to do it again!” Instead, Moore gets to the rim, decides not to take a shot and tries to force a pass under the basket to who he thought was a teammate in white, which turned out to be the villain in that historic baby blue. Moore couldn't be the hero that he was a year ago.
That’s exactly how Duke’s season has gone, the whole year. In losses to Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and now their hated rivals in North Carolina, Duke has had chances to win the game in the second half. But instead, the Blue Devils have given it away.
For North Carolina, their uncharacteristic play behind the three point line, won them the ball game. With a combination of Duke not being able to defend, and Carolina going an impressive 66.7% from three should have been a blowout right? Wrong. Somehow, the Blue Devils scratched and clawed their way into a position to win, but when the moment got there, they did it again, gave it away.