The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels ended their respective regular seasons against each other last Saturday night and according to a tweet from ESPN PR, North Carolina’s 76-72 victory was the most-watched game of the season with an average of 3.17 million viewers.
This isn’t exactly a surprise. Not only is the basketball rivalry between Duke and North Carolina probably the most intense in college basketball history, but the game also tipped off at 6:30 p.m. ET. That isn’t exactly primetime, but still a solid time slot for an ACC basketball game with rivalry implications.
On top of that, let’s not forget that North Carolina was playing for the ACC regular season crown in taking on Duke last weekend and was also looking to avenge a loss against Duke at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill earlier this season.
Thus, with these two basketball giants keeping the game close and refusing to give each other an inch, it is absolutely no wonder that Duke and North Carolina drew such a crowd of home viewers last weekend.
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