North Carolina players react to madness on Franklin Street after Duke win
Within minutes of North Carolina beating Duke on Saturday night, Tar Heels students and fans stormed Franklin Street for a celebration.
No, it wasn’t for a National Championship. But it was a win over UNC’s biggest rival in Mike Krzyzewski’s final game. Thousands joined the party, which seemingly lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning.
On Sunday afternoon, just one day before UNC actually will play in the national title game, guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis commented on the scene back in Chapel Hill.
“It looked really crazy,” Davis said at a press conference in New Orleans. “I had a friend out there who Facetimed me. He flipped the screen and showed me what it was like on Franklin Street. It was great to see how much our fans and friends care and love for this place and university.”
Love echoed that sentiment.
“It’s crazy to see that our play is, like, creating memories for them, too,” Love said. “So that’s just a blessing in disguise. But it was great to see.”
Both Davis and Love were a big part of creating that atmosphere on Franklin Street. Davis started off the game hot and finished with 18 points. Love scored 28 points and delivered a dagger 3-pointer with under 30 seconds remaining.
North Carolina will have a chance to send its fans into pandemonium again on Monday night. The Tar Heels face Kansas in the National Championship game at 9:20 p.m. ET.