Nothing in college basketball will ever compare to how good and bitter this rivalry is. This is the granddaddy of them all; only the national championship will be a bigger game this year. Even when these two aren’t ranked or even within the Top 10 — which they almost are every season — it is still the rivalry game of the year. These two schools hate each other and you can see it with the emotion they play with when they get together.
No. 8 North Carolina comes into tonight’s game against No. 1 Duke winning eight of their last nine games with the most recent loss coming at the hands of No. 3 Virginia.
People will want to grab a seat and watch this one closely. This is what you call a good old fashioned matchup between two Big Ten rivals who do not like each other by the way. Both teams will be fighting ferociously for conference positioning and most importantly, building up resumes for the NCAA tournament. Can Michigan rebound after this current slide and can Wisconsin continue their run of dominance of late? All will be answered Saturday. Do not miss it!
No. 14 Villanova (18-4) vs. No. 10 Marquette (19-3)
2:30 ET/1:30 CT, Fox
Two of the marquee programs of the Big East the last decade or so face off for this Top 25 showdown. Both teams have explosive offenses so this game should be full of 3s and a prolific pace of play. Both teams have been tearing through the Big East. Villanova is 9-0 and Marquette 8-1 in conference play respectively. Can Marquette take over the No. 1 spot in the East Saturday? My advice to you while watching this game: Don’t blink.
No. 2 Duke (19-2) vs. No. 3 Virginia (20-1)
6 ET/5 CT, ESPN
This is the game right here. This is what college basketball is about. The No. 2 team in the country versus the No. 3 team in the country. What more could you want? Okay, yes maybe No. 1 versus No. 2 is a little better but not only are these two of the top teams in the country, they are also conference rivals. So yes, this is better … way better. These two teams have dominated ACC play the last 40 years or so, or at least as long as Tony Bennett and Coach K have been there. This game will be packed with high flying dunks and blocks that will make you feel bad for the person it happened against. Another thing to note if those things don’t persuade you, you do NOT want to miss Zion Williamson, the best player (besides maybe Grant Williams) in the nation and future No. 1 NBA pick. You can thank me later.