6 years ago I was at the big, yellow house (305 N College) in Oxford, OH watching Duke in the 2004 Final Four. I remember being upset at the poorly officiated game and how Emeka Okafor scored whenever he wanted after all of Duke's front line fouled out. That was a frustrating night. It would have been even more frustrating if I knew that Duke wouldn't make it back until I was 5 years removed from college, UNC would have 2 titles and that my brother-in-law would have suddenly become a UNC fan. I had just turned 21 shortly before the Duke-Uconn game and that served itself well during that Saturday night at the bar.
I am obviously hoping for a different outcome this Saturday night against West Virginia. I thought this Duke team's ceiling was the Elite 8, but now that they have made it to the Final Four I am starting to get greedy. It would be nice to match UNC's title from last year with a Duke title. Also, if Duke won I am in line to win around $160 from two brackets. I might even spend part of that prize to buy a NIT Champion shirt for my favorite Tar Heel fan.