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Louisville Will Face Duke For The Last Spot In The Final Four

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Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

In terms of regional finals, they don't get much bigger than this.

The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals will face the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils on Sunday evening at 5:05 p.m. ET for the last spot in the Final Four.

The game will be a rematch of the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game between the two, in which Duke beat a Gorgui Dieng-less Louisville team in a terrific tilt, 76-71.


That game was the first meeting between coaching legends Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski since Coach K's Duke squad beat Pitino and Kentucky in the 1992 East regional final in what many consider the greatest college basketball game ever played.

Sunday's game will also mark the first NCAA Tournament meeting between Louisville and Duke since the Cardinals topped the Devils in the 1986 national championship game.

I thought before the tournament that these were, at the very worst, two of the three best teams in the field of 68. I'm quite confident at this moment that they are the two best teams in the field of eight. It feels a little unfair that this game will be played on Sunday and not next weekend (or Monday) - especially since the Midwest is the only region that has held true to form - but such is life in college basketball.

This is going to be an absolute dogfight, and I can't wait.