Remember when Duke was undefeated and rolling with Kyrie Irving at the point?
Back then, nobody debated No. 1.
Nobody really even debated who would be our eventual national champion.
But now look.
The Blue Devils just took their third loss -- a 64-60 loss at Virginia Tech late Saturday -- and are no longer a lock (or perhaps even a favorite) to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Heck, they're now just a North Carolina win over Maryland on Sunday from being in a first-place tie in the ACC with the Tar Heels, which means we're now just a week away from a Duke-UNC regular-season finale that'll likely determine the outright ACC champion.
That's Duke vs. UNC next Saturday.
Yes, I'll be there.
And yes, I'm looking forward to it.
But I never would've imagined three months ago that Duke would be without the No. 1 ranking, at risk of missing out on a No. 1 seed and in need of a strong final week just to secure a league title. Of course, Duke had Irving back then and UNC had Larry Drew II. Now both point guards are out of the picture, which is why the gap between the two programs closed.
Irving's toe injury made Duke worse.
Drew's decision to quit allowed UNC to get better.
Now the Blue Devils and Tar Heels are basically tied atop the ACC.
It must be a thrilling turn of events for Roy Williams ... and infuriating to Mike Krzyzewski.