You will never forget the name Tre Jones. He is the man who destroyed the Tar Heels. He is the reason you care. He is the orchestrator of your pain, your rage, your sadness and your disbelief.
A performance that will be inscribed into the annals of history that are made anytime the University of North Carolina plays Duke University in the game of basketball. Christian Laettner. J.J. Redick. Austin Rivers. And now Tre Jones. UNC-Duke is a story, and these men are the writers.
In the wake of UNC's 98-96 overtime loss to Duke, it will be easy to say that UNC collapsed. The Tar Heels did so in a similar fashion against Clemson allowing a game-tying shot in regulation before losing in overtime. But UNC did not collapse — it was destroyed by Jones.
"(We) were almost dead in the water there in regulation and then in overtime," Jones said exuberantly in the locker room after the win. "Everyone on the team had the same look in their eyes… we all believed in each other, we all believed every second of the game that we were gonna come out with the win."
The Blue Devils walk away victorious because of Jones. He was the one to score 15 straight points for the No. 7 team in the country at the end of regulation and into overtime. And of course, it was Jones who made the crucial play at the 40th minute, intentionally missing a free throw, only to corral it and hit a fading, off balance shot.