The Battle of the Blues — a tale as old as time.
Like any story, it’s filled with suspense and plenty of action. It leaves the audience with clasped hands, staring at the computer screen or TV in front of them. Or maybe, they were one of the lucky ones to snag a seat to watch the oldest rivalry in college athletics live.
It all boils down to who is the better blue — North Carolina or Duke?
The two schools are located just eight miles apart, and they have been battling in basketball since 1920, when UNC won the first game between the two powerhouses, 36-25.
It's since become one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. But what do athletes from other UNC sports think of it? We talked to Tar Heels on four different teams to find out.
- Before Derek Galvin started coaching at UNC in 1981, he was first a UNC student, competing for the men’s gymnastics team until it was discontinued in 1974.
"The proximity of Durham and Chapel Hill and the fact both schools excel in basketball, it’s created a fantastic rivalry," Galvin said. "It makes the experience for the students, the faculty and the staff on both campuses more fun. We’re talking about bragging rights for several months. It’s a healthy diversion from the intensity of being a student and the pressures of the world that weigh upon all of us.”
- Khazia Hislop, a senior from Concord, Massachusetts, knew close to nothing about the basketball rivalry before coming to UNC. After experiencing it for four years, though, Hislop said the feeling she gets rushing Franklin Street is her favorite part.