The Duke-North Carolina rivalry should be simmering once again this season as both programs reload with top recruiting classes. And it appears both teams have enough mutual respect for each other that they can kid about it.
Take North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who joked to ZagsBlog.com that he's not real fond of Duke incoming freshman sensation Kyrie Irving -- for going to Duke in the first place and also for transferring to Dexter Strickland's high school and preventing the current Tar Heel from getting playing time at point guard there.
"I’m really mad at Kyrie," Williams said last week at the Peach Jam. "I don't like Kyrie. I do laugh at that and say that with tongue in cheek."
"Kyrie goes in and so no longer is Dexter playing the point cause Kyrie's so great," Williams added. "I already told Kyrie, 'You really made me mad. You played the point so Dexter didn't get to do that and then you went to Duke too so you really made me mad."
Irving, of course, can dish it out on North Carolina with the best of them. He appeared on a video in March, when -- in front of three future Tar Heels at the McDonald's All-American game -- he had this backhanded compliment on their NIT run.
"I was proud of North Carolina this season," he said sarcastically while the UNC signees smiled. "They had a tremendous season. It was amazing to watch them on TV. They played so hard every night. They put on a show every night for me when they lost by 30, 25, 40, 15. You guys got rolling at the end of the season. It was amazing."