That's nice, but it won't help No. 4 North Carolina tonight when it travels to Durham for a 9 p.m. showdown with second-ranked Duke.
"I'm expecting a hostile crowd, a great game," forward Kris Lang said. "It's going to be very intense and hot."
"It's a hostile crowd, hot," point guard Ronald Curry said.
Cameron is one of the hottest locations in college basketball. That will happen when 9,314 screaming people are crammed into a tiny gym.
But the lack of air conditioning isn't the only reason the building is hot. The players in Duke uniforms push up the mercury with their in-your-face defense and penetration-based offense.
They run off 10 or 15 points in a row with little trouble. Defensively, they create turnovers by challenging every pass. Offensively, they convert those turnovers into points via transition layups and long 3-pointers.
Combine the chaos created by that style of play with the noise generated by a chanting and jumping student body, and Cameron Indoor Stadium is pure hell for opponents. Duke is 613-134 (.821 winning percentage) all-time in the building and 262-44 (.856) at home under Mike Krzyzewski.
"This place definitely has a great vibe to it," Duke guard Jason Williams said. "When you're on the court and the Cameron Crazies are yelling, they're jumping up and down, you definitely get a certain kind of chill in your body and goosebumps."
While the Blue Devils are experiencing that chill of euphoria, their opponents are feeling the heat. The Tar Heels must find a way to keep their cool if they are to avoid becoming another victim of Cameron's madness.