Duke and Florida State are on opposite coasts of the United States, and both programs have been under scrutiny in recent weeks.
The two programs are competing for a Big East championship in the 2018-19 season.
However, the rivalry is more than just an athletic contest, as Duke and Miami are also the only schools in the country to play a basketball conference championship game.
“I think the rivalry has always been there,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Al Jazeera.
“It’s a lot of fun, and I think it’s going to continue to be fun.”
We know each other and we know each others style of play, and we’re going to play each other’s style of basketball.
“We have the same coach and the same system.
But we’ve got different players, and different personalities.
I think that’s one of the things that we’re looking forward to, having a rivalry that we can all play.”
The rivalry is one of basketball’s most competitive.
“You’re never going to see the same rivalry every year,” Florida State’s Frank Kaminsky said.
“That’s just how it is.”
“There’s a level of intensity to it, and it’s exciting for the fans,” Duke’s Jalen Brunson added.
“There’s something that’s going on with a lot more emotion and a lot less pressure.
I don’t think there’s anything that will stop people from having fun.”
Krzyzek’s team is already on a path to another ACC championship.
They have beaten Duke and Georgia Tech, and Florida is on the verge of winning their first national title since 2001.
Florida is also in the running for a top-three seed in the ACC, which would put them in a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
However, the Duke and Seminoles are already playing a game that could be one of their best games of the year.
Duke is set to host North Carolina in Durham on Saturday.
The Tar Heels won their second straight game, beating the Blue Devils in the opening game of the ACC Tournament.
In a rematch, Duke will look to secure a third straight ACC title.
“The Duke-Florida State rivalry is something that we know is going to be good and something that is going get the attention of the media and fans,” said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
“But it’s something we are going to take advantage of and make it one of our most successful games of basketball this year.”
Williams and Duke’s fans will have plenty of reason to tune in to the rivalry.
Both teams are coming off consecutive wins over their conference rivals, and Williams is the first head coach to win a game against the Blue Demons.
The ACC tournament starts on March 5, and Duke is hoping that the game will be the first of many of those games.
The first game will also be one that will be broadcasted by ESPN, which has a history of scheduling games against Duke and North Carolina.
“A lot of fans and coaches are going there to watch Duke,” Duke head coach Mike Dunlap told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
“They’re going there with the intent to get a chance to watch us.”
Duke’s win over North Carolina will also mark the first time the two programs have played in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.
Duke was swept by North Carolina at the Elite Eight, and the Tar Heel’s next game will take place against Syracuse in Syracuse.
“This will be a great opportunity for us to show them we can play with them, and they know that,” Duke guard Brandon Ingram told ESPN.
“And hopefully they know we’re coming.”