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Wednesday / March 20.
  • Barack Obama expected to attend North Carolina-Duke on Wednesday

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    Barack Obama is expected to take in the North Carolina-Duke game on Wednesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    Obama is a big North Carolina fan, but will also get to see Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson up close and in person, just as LeBron James did last week during the Virginia game.

    “I love him,” Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday of Obama. “But if he’s coming to the game, I’m sorry Mr. President but I’m not going to be looking at you.

    “And I do love him. I though he was great for our country, but during that game it’s ‘Frankly,

    my dear.'”

    Williams has not been shy of criticizing President Trump, saying in 2017,  “Our president tweets out more bullshit than anybody I’ve ever seen. We’ve got social media.”

    As pointed out, Obama picked North Carolina to win the NCAA title three times during his tenure, and was proven correct in 2017 and 2009.

    He also scrimmaged with the Carolina basketball team in 2008 and visited the campus to speak during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, per

    As for Williamson, “The Zion Effect” has triggered more fans to come from further away to see Duke home and away games.

    James was highly impressed when he saw the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson against Virginia.

    “What strikes me?” he told ESPN. “His agility and his quicknesss. For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he’s very impressive.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.