Teams: Syracuse Orange (25-1, 12-1) vs. Duke Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4)
Rankings: Syracuse (1/1), Duke (5/6)
Day & Time: Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
Announcers: Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale,
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network
Duke News: Duke Basketball Report
Rivalry: 3-2, Syracuse
Streak: 1, Syracuse
First Meeting: In 1966, some kid named Jim Boeheim scored 15 points for the Orangemen in the 1966 East Region final but Duke held on for a 91-81 victory to advance to the Final Four.
Last Meeting: Like you don't remember...
School Connections: Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski are very good friends who coached together for roughly a decade for Team USA. Schembechler vs. Hayes, this ain't.
Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (38th Year, 945-315); Duke: Mike Krzyzewski (34th Year: 978-303)
Last Year: Completing the regular season at 30-6 (14-4 in ACC play), Duke lost in the quarterfinals of the ACCT to Maryland and received a two seed in the NCAA Tourney. They made it to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA champion Louisville.
Last Game: The Blue Devils traveled (finally) to Chapel Hill but came up short, losing to UNC, 74-66, setting up the unlikely scenario that SU and Duke are both coming off losses.
Head Coach Bio: Do you really need this? You know Coach K. He's been at Duke since 1980 and has four NCAA Titles, 11 Final Four appearances, 12 ACC regular season titles and 13 ACC Tournament championships. He also won two gold medals as head coach of Team USA at the Olympics. He's doing very well.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": You've heard of Jabari Parker (19.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG). You've heard of Rodney Hood (16.2 PPG). You've heard of Quinn Cook (12.0 PPG, 4.9 APG). You've heard of Rasheed Sulaimon (9.3 PPG, 4-7 3PT vs. Syracuse).
If Syracuse Wins…: Whew. All is forgiven.
If Syracuse Loses…: Crap. Crapcrapcrap. Crappity crap crap mccrappy crap.
Fun Fact: GameDay changed their plans to make sure they could be in town for the rematch.