Duke and North Carolina’s first ever matchup in the men’s NCAA tournament was always going to be historic.

North Carolina beat Duke, 81-77, to punch their ticket to the national championship game.

The Tar Heels will now face Kansas for the national championship. The Jayhawks defeated Villanova, 81-65, in the other semifinal. 

The final minutes of this game were absolutely incredible. Trevor Keels hit a three-pointer to give Duke a one-point lead with just over two minutes left. 

North Carolina’s Brady Manek answered with his own three on the next possession to put Duke back up.

North Carolina took the lead back on free throws from R.J. Davis. Then Duke’s Mark Williams missed a pair of free throws. 

North Carolina’s Final Four run was no fluke

Duke's Wendell Moore Jr. said. "Because, even though we're picked the favorite to win, everybody wants us to lose. 

The Tar Heels emerged victorious in an exciting battle that featured 18 lead changes, capturing an 81-77 win to advance to the national championship game.  

The Blue Devils' loss brought an end to coach Mike Krzyzewski's illustrious career. In the Coach K era, Duke compiled a 50-50 overall record against North Carolina.