UNC first-year guard Cole Anthony runs the ball upcourt past Duke sophomore guard Tre Jones during a game in the Smith Center during Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Tar Heels lost tot he Blue Devils 98-96.

Take a look at what has changed for UNC since its last matchup with Duke

With large postseason implications and North Carolina playing its best basketball, the Tar Heels could ride their current momentum into a huge victory over Duke this Saturday.


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First-year guard Cole Anthony (2) runs down the court as Wake Forest junior center Olivier Sarr (30) tries to block him during a game in the Smith Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Tar Heels won 93-83 against the Demon Deacons during senior night.

'We’re not scared of anybody': With win over Wake Forest, UNC is building momentum

“If you guys have been keeping up with us, we have been playing really well the past few games,” said first year guard Cole Anthony. “We’re getting everybody back healthy, things have been clicking, and practice is going well. We’re just really starting to play well together.”  Anthony was a dominant force in establishing North Carolina’s success on the offensive end. After finishing the Tar Heels' first matchup against Wake Forest shooting just 5-19 from the field, the point guard’s second time facing the Demon Deacons was a stark contrast. 


Junior forward Garrison Brooks (15) signals during the game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. UNC beat N.C. State 85-79.

'He's a dog': Against N.C. State, Garrison Brooks made sure UNC wouldn't lose

Throughout the Tar Heels' worst season since 2001-02, Brooks has been the team's steadiest player, scoring key bucket after key bucket for a team that has desperately needed every single one. He has weathered the storm, and when North Carolina needed him in a game that everyone in Chapel Hill cares far more than they will admit, he delivered. 


UNC junior forward Garrison Brooks (15) prepares to take a shot in the game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Even in the worst of seasons, UNC basketball proves it has N.C. State's number

You know the head-to-head numbers by heart (even though you claim not to). Under Roy Williams, the Tar Heels have 31 — now 32 — victories over their little brother in Raleigh, to just four losses. North Carolina has been felled by the Wolfpack just once in the last 10 tries. You claim it doesn't matter, but it always has — especially this year, the worst of the Daggum Era. UNC has had N.C. State's number, and that didn't change on Tuesday night.