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There are ten NCAA titles in the Triangle and they tend to come in pairs.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts with Justise Winslow #12 after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts with Justise Winslow #12 after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis
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As Brett Friedlander points out over at the Star News Online, the Triangle ACC schools have a habit of winning titles in succession.

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In 1982, UNC won with Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins. NC State followed that with a near-miraculous title in 1993.

In 1991-92, Duke won back-to-back. UNC couldn't match that but did win in 1993.

UNC won in 2009, followed by Duke's win in 2010.

And this year? Obviously Duke is the current NCAA champion, at least until Monday night.

Will the pattern repeat?

And if it does, next year Duke will have a very powerful team.

So if UNC follows Duke, there's a good chance that next year's team could repeat the pattern yet again.

By the way, there's a minor oversight when it comes to Triangle coaches and NCAA rings. They all have one.

Mark Gottfried's came as an assistant at UCLA when Jim Harrick led the Bruins to title #11.

Of course by that standard, Roy Williams has one more since he was an assistant at UNC in 1982.

Coach K missed one at Indiana by  a year: IU was undefeated in 1975 and would've likely won the title if Scott May hadn't had an injury. The Hoosiers lost just one game in 1975 and became the last undefeated champs in 1976, by which time Krzyzewski had taken the job at Army.