The ACC and NCAA tournaments came and went without much local fanfare.
Maybe the NBA playoffs, which start Saturday, will provide redemption for some of the 23 players who called Tobacco Road home.
All eight Eastern Conference teams feature at least one Duke or North Carolina player, and just like then, theyre in each others way. All four first-round matchups feature Blue Devils and Tar Heels on opposite sides of center court.
Among the more interesting reunions: The Miami-Milwaukee series has a bit of everything. It pits rivals vs. rivals and, when Shane Battier tries to lock down Mike Dunleavy or J.J. Redick, teammate against teammate. Tyler Hansbrough and Dahntay Jones wore different shades of blue in college, were NBA teammates for three seasons but now will clash again when Indiana takes on Atlanta.
Two of the four Western Conference series follow suit and a third, Golden State vs. Denver, at times could look like a summer day at the Smith Center, with Ty Lawson trying to break Harrison Barnes ankles off the dribble.
The only series without a Triangle tie is Oklahoma City vs. Houston, and even that almost does.
Kevin Durant chose Texas over North Carolina, so if his Thunder wins it all, put a baby blue asterisk beside it.