The 2021-22 college basketball season tipped off last night and was highlighted by the Duke-Kentucky matchup in Madison Square Garden, where the Blue Devils topped the Wildcats 79-71 in a highly contested battle between two blue bloods of the sport. Earlier today, DeShaun Tate, the host of Tate’s Take podcast joined Wilson & Norfleet to tell you why the Blue Devils have the potential to be a national title contender, in what will be Coach K’s final Duke squad. His reasoning for that is the play of freshmen Paolo Banchero and Trevor Keels saying: “It makes me feel like a national championship is on the way for Duke if I’m being. It just has that feel to it. It has that vibe. It has that energy”
Tate also touched on the other Tobacco Road team, as North Carolina prevailed over Loyola 83-67, to kick off the Hubert Davis Era, as Tate believes they have the potential to be back among the nation’s elite. In addition to talking about the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils, he does believe a slow start for the ACC, the conference is in store for a bounce-back season, after a rather disappointing 2020-21 campaign.