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UNC Star Is Motivated By All Of The Love For Duke

North Carolina v Baylor

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - MARCH 19: Armando Bacot #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after defeating the Baylor Bears 93-86 in overtime during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dickies Arena on March 19, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Duke is favored heading into this Saturday's matchup against rival UNC at the Final Four. That seems to be okay with Tar Heels big man Armando Bacot.

During today's press conference, Bacot indicated that the public expecting Duke to win and sleeping on the Heels is something that he and his teammates welcome.

“We kind of fuel off that, people counting us out and telling us what we can’t do," Bacot said. "That’s something as a team we really like to hear. It really like pisses us off and gives us extra fuel.”

Without question, this is the attitude UNC brought into Durham in the regular season finale, when they beat the heavily-favored Blue Devils 94-81 in Mike Krzyzewski's last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Can they duplicate that feat this weekend? Obviously, Duke is hoping the game more resembles the first matchup between these teams from back in February, when the Blue Devils controlled the action from the opening tip and won by 20 at the Dean Dome.

The rubber match to top all rubber matches will tip off at approximately 8:49 p.m. ET Saturday on TBS.

The winner gets either Kansas or Villanova in the national championship game on Monday night.