Relive the magic: Duke downs UNC in OT with improbable comebacks

Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team took down the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Dean Dome thanks to two improbable comebacks led by sophomore guard Tre Jones.

It’s been a tough couple days in the United States of America as we brace ourselves for the impact of COVID-19 and its potential spread across our nation, and the world.

The NCAA canceled its Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament and the entirety of spring sports.

As college basketball fans sat in front of their televisions on Selection Sunday, something needed to fill the void, and ESPN was running a slew of the best college basketball games of the entire season.

In an hour-and-a-half slot, the Worldwide Leader in Sports aired the Duke and North Carolina meeting from February 8, 2020.

If the date doesn’t jog your memory, maybe this video will:

The Blue Devils used an improbable comeback in regulation and in overtime to take down their rivals, 98-96 in overtime, thanks to a buzzer-beater by freshman Wendell Moore off a missed shot by Tre Jones.

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We at Ball Durham live-tweeted the condensed game that aired on Sunday night to try and take people’s minds off of the fact that the novel coronavirus is wreaking havoc not just on the sports world, but across the entire world.

The college basketball season is over, and speculation has already begun on who will return to Durham next season and who will try and pursue a professional career.

No one knows when sports will come back, but it seems like they will be absent for the foreseeable future, and we must rally together and be strong for the time being.

For now, we just have memories of last season and thinking about all the ‘What-If’s’ but next season will be here soon, and the Final Four will be hosted in Indianapolis, which has been very kind to the Blue Devils in the past.

Thank you to all who enjoyed in our fun on Sunday, and we hope to do it again soon.