Austin Rivers Experience
On February 8th, 2012, Duke freshman Austin Rivers gives UNC a little taste of the Blue Devils. Rivers buried a three pointer at the game ending buzzer to beat the Tar Heels at home, 75-74.
Calmly shooting over seven-footer Tyler Zeller, Rivers told the reporters post game how it happened. "I was supposed to go to the lane and get fouled. I didn't plan on shooting a three. I saw Zeller was on me and if he had crowded me I would have drove. You just have to read things. Zeller stepped off a little bit thinking I was going to drive. I gave him my jab step, and was hitting him with hesitation. The shot was there, and I just took it. I just shot the ball with confidence. I saw it on target, and my heart dropped for a second because you don't know. The shot was the slowest shot I've ever seen. I swear the ball was in the air for like five minutes. It looked good and I was like "Please go in". When it went through the hoop, my heart jumped and I saw the buzzer ring. I just ran across half court and turned around and I saw my team running at me. It was the best feeling I've ever had in my life. It was amazing."
As you could imagine the crowd went absolutely ballistic. I was there in the midst of this, I wasn't sure that we were going to get the win. I was very hopeful and held out faith until the end. When I saw that buzzer beater go in, I freaked out. It's super ironic because I was actually at the game working the concession stands as a fund raiser for my cheer team of the time. Our coach and her husband are die hard tar heel fans so of course this was her favorite way to raise money for our team. At the last few minutes of each game we would always get to sit and watch the rest in the empty seats (if any). At this game there just so happened to be enough for the girls and I who were working concessions that day. I was the only Duke fan of the bunch and I was just fan girling so hard over Seth Curry, who was my favorite of that season. I was so happy Austin hit that buzzer beater. It was one of the craziest moments I've ever witnessed as a Duke fan at Carolina. Today I still see videos and pictures of this moment every now and then, especially when it's rivalry time for these two teams. It always brings me back to these happy, exciting moments, ones that I will always cherish as a Blue Devil fan. Shout out Austin Rivers for making this historical memory!