What is Tobacco Road?
(02/17/07) (WTVD) -- Historically, Tobacco Road is a phrase used to reference the tobacco producing region of the United States which consisted mainly of Virginia and North Carolina in the 18 and 1900s.
Historically, Tobacco Raod is a phrase used to reference the tobacco producing region of the United States which consisted mainly of Virginia and North Carolina in the 18 and 1900s.
Now the term is used in conjunction with college basketball and North Carolina's four powerhouses. They include Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.
The schools are separated by no more than 25 miles from any of the others with the exception of Wake which in an hour dowm Interstate 40. I-40 is the actual Tobacco Road.
Because of the close proximity, alumni and students of the schools have created natural rivalries.
The schools are also known as the Big Four and competed in the Dixie Classic tournament from 1949-1961 and the Big Four Tournament in Greensboro from 1971-1981.
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