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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For everything that folks wished Harrison Barnes was when the season began, he’s a finisher. It’s not something a lot of players can say.
After beating Maryland 87-76 Sunday night, the Tar Heels will once again have a chance to beat the Blue Devils for the outright ACC regular season championship. When North Carolina last played Duke, it was for first place in the ACC.
DURHAM –It had to be coming. Surely the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils wouldn’t allow their heated rivals from down Tobacco Road to come into their house and dominate as thoroughly as North Carolina did in the first half of No.
DURHAM — Tyler Zeller sat with a Gatorade towel draped across his body. The junior had won big at Duke. He had lost even bigger at Duke. But this had never happened.
Last Saturday night I went behind enemy lines at Krzyzewskiville, the tent village outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium, for the final night of tenting.
When the No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels visit No. 5 Duke tonight, they will do so carrying the bitter memories of a 32-point drubbing at Cameron Indoor Stadium a year ago — the lowest point in a season full of embarrassing moments.
This Saturday night, it’s chapter two in the 2010 edition of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry.The Tar Heels are on their first win streak of 2010, with wins against Wake Forest and Miami. The Blue Devils have a No. 4 national ranking and at least a share of the regular-season conference title locked up despite a stinging loss at Maryland on Wednesday night.
North Carolina faced No. 6 Duke, ready to close out a regular season characterized by losses of historic proportion.What the team earned Sunday was a chance to rewrite its legacy.“We’re not finished up this year,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “This team’s got a lot of great days ahead of them.”North Carolina (18-10, 6-8 ACC) beat Duke 64-54 after the Blue Devils clinched the ACC regular season title Friday.
She had been called out by her coach, stripped of her leadership responsibilities and benched on more than one occasion.She had suffered through more losses than in any other season during her three years in Chapel Hill. She had thrown up an absolute clunker against Duke in the teams’ last meeting — recording not one field goal.
Duke defeated UNC 64-54. UNC fell to last place in the ACC.
Correction (Feb. 12): Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story reported that UNC had fallen to last in the ACC. The Tar Heels are a half-game ahead of N.C. State. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.Before Wednesday night, North Carolina’s season looked a lot like early reports of forward Travis Wear’s injured ankle.With 10 losses, its NCAA Tournament chances were significantly hobbled. The pressure that was put on it with each passing loss made failure a tender subject. And UNC’s season-long struggle with perimeter defense was a huge cause for concern.But the season was still unbroken.It took Duke’s Jon Scheyer all 40 minutes in the Blue Devils’ 64-54 win against the Tar Heels (13-11, 2-7 ACC), but he finished the job.
David Reynolds and Powell Latimer give their predictions for the UNC v. Duke game.
DURHAM — With shoulders slowly sliding down the back of his chair, Duke’s Jon Scheyer sounded almost embarrassed when answering a question on where he spent most of his time off the basketball court.“Sleep,” the senior point guard said, cracking a smile.Scheyer then paused to think what he would add to that proclamation, but ended up only justifying his one-word summary.
Last Thursday, I was perusing the Duke men’s basketball schedule on its official Web site, and I noticed something that, like most things associated with the Blue Devils, really got under my skin.The final score of their 12-point loss at Georgetown five days earlier wasn’t there.
In honor of the UNC-Duke game tonight, here's a look back at Ian Williams' classic 1991 column, "Why I hate Duke."