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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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


UNC forward Kennedy Meeks (3) scored 18 points against the Blue Devils.

Duke edges out the Tar Heels by two points in overtime

This was an old-fashioned, impossible-to-script, picture-perfect basketball showdown in its purest form: two teams that despise each other. Hundreds of screaming, raucous, eccentric students painted from head to toe, looking for their six-and-a-half week stay in freezing tents to culminate with jubilation. A moment of silence for the passing of a North Carolina coaching legend, that rivalry aside, brought together all of Cameron Indoor Stadium in touching silence Wednesday night.