UNC/Duke Rivalry Heats Up

 

With the college basketball season underway, CHS students are preparing for the inevitable rivalry that will peak on February 9th, when the Tar Heel team travels to Durham for the first rivalry game of the season.  Here are some views of CHS students who are basketball diehards, speaking on the rivalry and their team of choice.

 

Abby Seagroves

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • UNC hands down

Opinions on Coach K?

  • I hate him. He looks like a rat, and it makes me so mad that he’s the coach of team USA. I mean, he’s a good coach, but I just hate Duke because they’re so ignorant.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • Last spring break, we went to Texas on a normal trip. Then we came back for 36 hours, and went back to Texas for the Final Four. We flew on the plane with the team.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, UNC hands down forever.

How do you think your parents would react if you went to Duke?

  • I think they would think it was a joke because I couldn’t get into Duke, but if I went to Duke I would be that one fan in the Cameron Crazies wearing all UNC gear.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

Well Duke lost last night [11/15 to Kansas], so that’s looking pretty good for UNC. Right now we’re 1 in 0, so I feel like we can go farther than we did with the championship, I feel like we can win this year.

 

Sarah Montross

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • UNC 100 percent, I have no love for that place [Duke]

Opinions on Coach K?

  • Obviously he’s a good coach, because he coaches the olympic team, but I don’t really like that man, and his name is really hard to pronounce.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • We don’t go crazy, we just yell a lot when we’re watching games. We will get very into it, but nothing insane.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, because I want to go to college at UNC, so I will never like that place [Duke]

How do you think your parents would react if you went to Duke?

  • We’ve talked about it before, and they would be fine because it’s a great academic school, but it would be weird because I wouldn’t like the teams there.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • We have a lot of raw talent. I think with Brice [Johnson], Marcus [Paige], and Joel [James] gone we’re just gonna have to regroup, and we’re doing that now. I think it’ll be a good season because we’re ranked fifth right now, so I’m excited.

 

Tabian Sales

Where do your loyalties lie UNC or Duke?

  • Duke

Opinions on Roy Williams?

  • He’s a good coach, but I think he makes some decisions he shouldn’t make which sometimes cause UNC to lose.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • I would say walking around Franklin with a Duke shirt on is pretty crazy

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • Probably not

How do you think your parents would react if you went to UNC?

  • Because it’s a good school, I don’t think they would be mad at me, but they’d definitely be surprised.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • Duke is definitely going to beat UNC, twice in a row, and if we happen to play a third time, we will beat them again too. Roy Williams is not a better coach than Coach K.

 

Jake Melville

Where do your loyalties lie?

  • Duke

Do you have any traditions associated with Duke?

  • I got my first Duke jersey when I was 12, and every Duke and UNC game I always wear that exact jersey, but lately, it’s been very small on me and I’ve still worn it.

Opinions on Roy Williams?

  • He’s a good coach and all, but I feel that Coach K is better and has more experience. No shade on Roy Williams because I think he’s done a great job with UNC.

Is your family all huge Duke fans?

  • No, my family is actually UNC fans.

How do you think your parents would react if you went to UNC?

  • They’d probably prefer if I went to UNC.

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for the team?

  • I would say I’ve made some very courageous bets on some Duke and UNC games that luckily went in my favor.

Do you think your loyalties are going to change when you go to college?

  • No, they won’t. Even if I go to UNC, I will definitely stay a Duke fan.

Thoughts on the upcoming basketball season?

  • I think Duke’s going to win the whole thing is year because I feel very comfortable with the freshman class that came in. I feel confident that we can definitely beat UNC both games.

Left to right: Tabian Sales, Sarah Montross, Abby Seagroves, and Jake Melville fight it out. Photo by Mireille Leone.

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