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Look: UNC Fans Are Not Happy With J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick looks on during a game.

North Carolina fans were never going to be fond of J.J. Redick, but the former Duke star's comments this week only added to their hatred for him.

Leading up to this Saturday's Final Four matchup between the longtime Tobacco Road rivals, Redick appeared on ESPN’s First Take and accused UNC supporters of having an inferiority complex.

“And my comment to that is I’ve always felt that Carolina fans hate Duke fans way more than Duke fans hate Carolina fans,” Redick said, via 247Sports.

“And the reason is that people that go to Carolina — and there’s a lot of people in North Carolina that are UNC fans that didn’t go to Carolina — but people in North Carolina and UNC fans all over the country, the have an inferiority complex. They have an inferiority complex, and that’s just part of the rivalry.”

Let's just say these remarks did not go over well with many Tar Heel supporters, who felt Redick was being elitist and out of touch.

Redick stirring the pot like this only heightens the intensity leading up to this weekend. Duke and North Carolina have met over 250 times, but never in the NCAA Tournament.

Now, they will play in New Orleans with a national championship berth on the line. Oh, and there's also the looming possibility that it could be Mike Krzyzewski's last game as a head coach, not to mention the fact the Heels beat Duke in his final game at Cameron earlier this month.

There's never been a matchup in this rivalry quite like this one before.