No. 18 Duke beat No. 8 North Carolina, 86-78, on Thursday in another classic, and while the game surely attracted viewers from across the country, Scott Ferrall is a little annoyed. 

Why? Because it seems like every Duke game is on ESPN. It’s become almost like Notre Dame’s relationship with NBC. Obviously Duke/UNC should be nationally televised, but doesn’t it seem like ESPN is a little too Duke-friendly?

“It’s Coach K,” Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s the legacy. That game was an incredible game. The game itself tells you why the college basketball season is much more important and more interesting to watch than any regular-season NBA game. I don’t care what it is.”

Even better than Warriors/Cavs? Or Warriors/Spurs?

Apparently yes. 

“I’m just talking about playing defense and caring about the regular season,” Horrow said. “You watch a regular-season game, whether it’s November or March, and you watch that, and you feel differently about it.”

Horrow was asked if other ACC schools – such as Florida State, Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame and Miami – are on ESPN enough.

“No, of course not,” Horrow said. “But the ACC Tournament is like three weeks away, and I’ll bet you if you look at the schedule, you have some really good ACC games that ESPN does carry. And (on) March 4, there’s a rematch of this one in Chapel Hill, (and you can) guarantee that will be shown.”

Indeed, North Carolina (21-5) hosts Duke (19-5) on March 4 at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils have won four in a row and finally resemble the preseason No. 1 team that was expected to dominate college basketball. Ferrall, however, does not believe Duke will win the national title.

Horrow has doubts as well.

“Their chemistry is not that good,” he said. “They’ve got a whole bunch of good individual players, and Coach K being out for two months didn’t help, either.”


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