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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Though their records and ranks suggest otherwise, the North Carolina men’s basketball team and Duke aren’t as mismatched as they look on paper.
After an 88-64 victory against Maryland on Wednesday, UNC’s rematch against Duke at Cameron Indoor on Saturday will determine the ACC regular season title before the postseason picks up Thursday with the ACC tournament.
There are immense sports rivalries, just like great wars, that extend across state lines, regions and sometimes even countries. And then there are civil wars — brother against brother, friend against friend.
In the latest basketball matchup with N.C. State University, UNC students chanted “not our rival” — but many don’t realize that sentiment is a relatively new development.
Sometime during tonight’s epic Duke-Carolina match-up, while Butter is busy carving up the Blue Devils defense and John Henson has smacked another of the 16 Plumlee brothers’ weak shots back to Durham, you will turn to whomever you’re watching the game with, exchange drunken high fives and know true contentedness.
Graduating chemistry Ph.D. students were among the many who were disappointed when they didn’t win the ticket lottery.
While UNC students prepare for the mile-and-a-half run to Franklin Street after Wednesday night’s Duke basketball game, the Chapel Hill Police Department is also gearing up for the night’s festivities.
More than 50 emails from angry seniors demanding to know why they didn’t get tickets through the UNC-Duke basketball lottery flooded the Athletic Ticket Office inbox Thursday.
Due to a technical glitch with the online ticket lottery notification system, all students who entered the lottery, including those who won tickets, received an email saying they would not receive tickets, said Caitlin Goforth, president of the Carolina Athletic Association.
Last year, there was no clear winner in Jose Hernandez and Henrique Cunha’s rivalry. The North Carolina and Duke juniors, their respective teams’ top players, played three times in 2011. Hernandez won once and lost once, and the final match went unfinished. Each player’s record against the other was 1-1-1.
The North Carolina men’s tennis team saw its first action of the spring season when it competed in the Duke Invitational tournament this weekend.
Win or die. That’s how North Carolina senior Thomas Ferguson characterized the UNC wrestling team’s mindset before its meet against Duke on Monday night at Carmichael Arena.
In a match that lasted 110 minutes — complete with double–overtime drama and enough hard hits to satisfy the football team — both North Carolina and Duke were left gasping for air by the final whistle. The No. 5 Tar Heels faced a determined Duke squad Friday night in front of a record-breaking crowd at Fetzer Field, and it took everything they had to come out with a 2-2 tie.
It took almost the entire 90 minutes of regulation, but emotion finally got the best of someone Friday night in North Carolina’s 2-2 tie with Duke. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, that someone was freshman defender Jordan McCrary.
Playing in front of a home crowd is usually advantageous to a team, especially in a big rivalry match. But against Duke, the No. 8 North Carolina men’s lacrosse team can’t seem to shake the home field hex.
UNC sputtered at the beginning of its first two games but staged big comebacks to advance to the ACC Tournament championship game. Against Duke and ACC Player of the Year Nolan Smith though, the Tar Heels could not conjure another second-half thriller.