North Carolina guard Joel Berry (2) goes up for a shot in No. 5 UNC’s 90-83 win over No. 17 Duke on March 4th in the Smith Center. Berry finished with a team-high 28 points and five made 3-pointers.

UNC and Duke athletes join for ACC Sportsmanship Week at local schools

Plenty of people will tell you the UNC-Duke rivalry is one of the greatest in all of sports — but student-athletes from both schools are putting aside their differences for ACC Sportsmanship Week and teaming up with nonprofit organization COMPASSION IT to visit local schools and spread its message.


UNC-Duke rivalry

As one of the greatest rivalries in college sports, the UNC-Duke tradition defies adequate description. The two schools, separated by only eight miles, have some of the most spirited and competitive basketball games in college athletics. An ESPN poll in 2000 ranked it as the third-greatest rivalry North American sports rivalry.

While the two universities compete in a variety of sports and other competitions, the UNC-Duke rivalry comes into full effect during basketball season. The two teams met for the first time January 24, 1920. They are scheduled to play twice during the regular season, once at UNC and once at Duke. 

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Ian Williams

Column: Why I still hate Duke

Editor’s note: Ian Williams, a 1990 UNC alumnus, was a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel when he wrote the iconic column “Why I Hate Duke.” The column ran Jan 17, 1990. That night, the Tar Heels stomped the Blue Devils by 19.


UNC football falls 28-27 to rival Duke

After a 14-0 start, it appeared No. 15 North Carolina was primed to run away with its rivalry matchup against Duke. But the Blue Devils didn’t lie down, using a resurgent defense and clock-chewing ground game to stymie UNC’s powerful offense in a 28-27 win in Durham.


Students jump over bonfires set on Franklin Street after North Carolina's 76-72 victory over Duke on Saturday.

Franklin Street shut down for 76-72 win over Duke

As the final buzzer rang at Cameron Indoor Stadium affirming UNC's 76-72 win over Duke, the Chapel Hill police decided it needed more enforcement on Franklin Street for the quickly growing crowd as UNC students and Chapel Hill residents fled to Franklin Street to participate in a rivalry tradition