When Duke and North Carolina play each other, it’s usually in the state of North Carolina -- in Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro or Charlotte. So Friday will present something of a rarity. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels are battling in … Brooklyn!
It’s the first of two ACC Tournament semifinals.
Barclays Center will host it.
The cheapest ticket available Friday morning -- a seat way up in the upper deck -- was going for $208 on SeatGeek. Nothing in the lower bowl was available for less than $365. So, yeah, this is a big deal. But it’s not the first time Duke and North Carolina have played in New York City. They met in the NIT semifinals back in 1971 -- when the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils, 73-67, inside Madison Square Garden.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
UNC is No. 3 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).
Duke is No. 9.
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
|The Wildcats have 10 top-50 RPI wins and only one sub-25 loss. They've won 10 of their past 11 games.||1||30-8|
|Josh Jackson's suspension contributed to KU losing its first game in the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks' resume still features eight wins over schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).||1||34-6|
|The Zags will be 32-1 with five top-25 RPI wins on Selection Sunday. That'll likely be enough for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.||--||28-4|
|The Tar Heels have won six of their past seven games. They have 11 top-50 RPI wins and just three sub-25 losses.||--||29-10|
|The Bruins are taking a 10-game winning streak into their Pac-12 Tournament semifinal against Arizona. They split two games with the Wildcats in the regular season.||--||27-8|
|The Ducks will enter their Pac-12 Tournament semifinal with Cal on a seven-game winning streak. They've only lost twice since Thanksgiving.||--||20-15|
|All four of the Wildcats' losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). Their best win is a 96-85 win at UCLA.||--||33-4|
|The Wildcats closed the regular season on an eight-game winning streak. UK has won five of the past eight SEC titles.||--||26-8|
|The Blue Devils have won three of their past four games, with the lone loss in that stretch coming at North Carolina. They have 11 top-50 RPI wins.||2||32-7|
|The Cardinals' resume features seven top-50 RPI wins and just one sub-25 loss. They've beaten the SEC champs (Kentucky) and the Big Ten champs (Purdue).||--||13-19|
|The Seminoles own six top-25 RPI wins and 11 top-50 victories. They've won four of their past five games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Duke.||1||17-14|
|The Bears own nine top-50 RPI victories. But they are 5-6 in their past 11 games with two losses to Kansas State.||3||27-7|
|The Mountaineers have won five of their six games since losing at Kansas. Their resume features six top-50 RPI wins and four sub-50 losses.||--||16-17|
|Caleb Swanigan's 25th double-double helped Purdue win at Northwestern on Sunday and secure the Big Ten title by two games. The Boilermakers have eight top-60 RPI wins.||--||29-8|
|The Irish have won seven of their past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Louisville. They've only lost once all season to a team unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament.||1||24-11|
|The Mustangs will take a 13-game winning streak into the AAC Tournament. They're the outright AAC champions for the second time in the past three years.||1||24-9|
|The Gators dropped two of their final three regular-season games. They still finished alone in second of the SEC standings.||1||20-14|
|The Bearcats finished the regular season with five top-50 RPI wins and just one sub-45 loss. They finished alone in second in the AAC standings.||1||18-15|
|The Bulldogs squandered a chance to record a 10th top-50 RPI victory when they lost to Xavier in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. They'll enter the NCAA Tournament on a two-game losing streak.||4||14-19|
|The Cavaliers are 6-7 in their past 13 games. But all seven losses are to teams that could make the NCAA Tournament.||--||21-14|
|The Cyclones have won seven of their past eight games. The lone loss in that stretch came at West Virginia.||--||22-13|
|The Cowboys will enter the NCAA Tournament on a three-game losing streak. But they haven't lost to a team unranked in the Top 25 (and one) since Jan. 18.||--||15-15|
|The Shockers beat Illinois State 71-51 in the MVC Tournament title game. They'll take a 15-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.||--||15-13|
|The Gaels have wins over the MWC champ (Nevada) and the A-10 champ (Dayton). Three of their four losses are to Gonzaga.||--||26-8|
|The Badgers snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 66-49 win over Minnesota. Their resume features six top-60 RPI wins and zero sub-80 losses.||--||25-8|
|The Terrapins' resume features five top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-100 losses. They finished 12-6 in the Big Ten.||--||15-17|