At least if North Carolina ends up cutting down the nets instead of Villanova Monday that will be the case.
Starting in North Carolina winning in 1982 (with one Michael Jordan) and North Carolina State following with a championship of their own in’83, each decade has had North Carolina universities winning back-to-back championships.
Duke won their own back-to-back in ’91 and ’92, which their rival UNC followed up in ’93 winning the NCAA Tournament that year. UNC and Duke again went back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, and Duke set the table for another set of consecutive championships by winning in 2015.
UNC 1982 champs, NC State 83. Duke 91-92, UNC 93. UNC 2009, Duke 2010. Duke 2015, UNC 2016? 919 rivalries are constant motivation.
— Chris Wright (@CWrightSDS) April 3, 2016
Roy Williams has the Tar Heels back in the national championship game for the third time since he took over as head coach in Chapel Hill. He won the first two times in 2005 and 2009. He has guided the Tar Heels to the Final Four four times since arriving in 2003.
North Carolina plays Villanova for the national championship Monday at 9:19 EST. The game will be televised on TBS.
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