Final Four 2022: Duke, UNC basketball players and coaches talk about upcoming game

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Duke, UNC players and coaches downplay rivalry at Final Four
Duke and UNC players and coaches downplay their rivalry at the Final Four in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (WTVD) -- College basketball history will be made this weekend. Rivals Duke and North Carolina will meet for the first time ever in the NCAA tournament.

The two storied basketball programs have played hundreds of times. They're two of the best college basketball programs in history. But never before have the two met with the season on the line.

Making this year even more unique is that it represents a time of change for both programs. UNC is in the first year with its first Black head coach -- former Tar Heel player Hubert Davis. Meanwhile, Duke is in the final year of Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski's career. Duke will soon be coached by a former player of its own, Jon Scheyer.

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Duke players Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and Wendell Moore Jr. discuss the matchup against UNC in the Final Four.
Duke players AJ Griffin, Trevor Keels and Jeremy Roach discuss the Final Four showdown vs. UNC

But before the curtain sets on this historic season, the teams must meet one more time.

They already split the regular season, with Duke dominating North Carolina in the Dean E. Smith Center but then UNC paying Duke back in kind by denying the Blue Devils a fairytale ending for Coach K's final home game.

WATCH: UNC players speak about Final Four matchup

UNC players Armando Bacot, Brady Manek and Leaky Black discuss the Final Four matchup against Duke on Thursday in New Orleans.
UNC players Puff Johnson, RJ Davis and Caleb Love discuss the Final Four matchup against Duke on Wednesday in New Orleans.

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski discuss his last trip to the Final Four and the matchup against rival North Carolina.
UNC coach Hubert Davis discusses the Final Four and the historic matchup with Duke on Thursday in New Orleans.

The Blue Devils are a No. 2 seed in the tournament and the Tar Heels are a No. 8 seed and weren't expected by most observers to be here. But both teams appear to be playing their best basketball at the right time.

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