Leslie McDonald drives to the basket. UNC defeated Duke 74-66 at the Smith Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. 

Take a look back at the last time an unranked UNC beat a ranked Duke team

An unranked UNC team has only beaten a ranked Duke team eight times, with the last coming in 2014 after the initial game was postponed because of snow. 

It's going to take a lot for this year's Tar Heel team to upset the Blue Devils, but it has been done before and could happen again. Here's a look at the last time an unranked UNC team took down its biggest rival.


Men's basketball

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Graduate guard Christian Keeling (55) runs the ball down the court during the game against N.C. State in the PNC Arena on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. UNC defeated N.C. State for the seventh time consecutively at the PNC Arena 75-65.

'We just need to have fun': UNC's Keeling and Pierce getting more comfortable

The North Carolina basketball team has looked more comfortable in its last three games and that could be because of Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce. Keeling admitted he and Pierce have struggled throughout the season, but a change in mindset has them contributing in big ways for UNC. The graduate transfer duo had a big impact against N.C. State. A run where they scored seven straight points gave the Tar Heels a lead they wouldn't relinquish.