Duke alum Jay Williams discusses 'personal' aspect of Duke-UNC game: 'They snatched our soul'
Former Duke star and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams didn’t mince words when asked about the Blue Devils’ matchup with North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
This will be the first NCAA Tournament meeting in the history of the Tobacco Road rivalry. It also comes less than a month since North Carolina shocked the world by beating Duke in Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game.
“This game was already personal,” Williams said in an ACC Network interview on Saturday. “I’ll be real with you, [UNC] snatched our soul. They came into Cameron on Coach K’s senior night [and won]. And I give them a lot of credit. Look, Hubert Davis is my coach of the year. For them to change up the style in which they play, I give them a lot of credit.”
Williams also gave some insight into what worries him as a Duke fan going into this game.
“Caleb Love scares me,” Williams said. “Because if he feels comfortable and he goes off, he’s a wildcard.”
This will be the 258th meeting all-time between Duke and North Carolina. Both teams won on the road during the regular season series this year.
The winner of this game gets bragging rights for a generation. Either North Carolina ends Krzyzewski’s career or Duke picks up a historic win en route to a potential National Championship finish.
Either way, it’s personal, says Williams.
“Tonight should be personal for both teams,” Williams added. “They have a chance to end Coach K’s career and Coach K has a chance to go for his 6th National Championship. That should mean something and I hope it translates to the court.”
.@RealJayWilliams says UNC-Duke is personal 😤
“Tonight should be personal for both teams. They have a chance to end Coach K’s career and Coach K has a chance to go for his sixth national championship.” pic.twitter.com/rag47nLvY5
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) April 2, 2022