When Duke made its early run, and hit three-pointers from every angle it chose, I figured the shots would stop falling and the Tar Heels would slowly reel the Blue Devils in. And North Carolina did.
When North Carolina made its second-half statement, running to a lead in double figures and dominating every aspect inside, I figured the game was over.
What was great about the basketball game, and about sports, is the way the Blue Devils rallied. They were down and almost out, and then they weren't, and the comeback was dramatic and thrilling.
I wrote during the week what was obvious -- to win this one, a Duke star had to emerge. Also wrote that, by the end of the season, that star could be Austin Rivers. The Blue Devils needed somebody to say, "I'm the best player on the court and I'm going to win this game," and Austin volunteered.
The great players have a disdain for shooting percentage and the gall to think they can do what has to be done. A freshman, Rivers is that player.
It was almost as if, in one night, ACC order was restored. Florida State was upset and Duke pulled the upset.
What a rivalry. How would you like to have a seat for the Duke-North Carolina rematch?