UNC-DUKE RIVALRY


2/9/2020 12:01am

Head Coach Roy Williams reacts during a game against Duke in the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils in overtime 98-96.

'Absolutely devastating': This loss, 98-96 in OT to Duke, is a brutal one for UNC

Only like this could Saturday so quickly turn from a night of triumph for UNC to one of tribulation. From a joyful court storm — yes, they even had the security guards ready — to another defeated trudge toward the locker room. From the definitive win of a topsy-turvy 2019 season to yet another rip-your-heart-out loss, this time against your biggest rival.


2/3/2020 11:53pm

North Carolina sophomore Tyler Hansbrough is checked on by teammate Dewey Burke following an intentional foul by Duke's Gerald Henderson that left the Poplar Bluff, Mo., standout looking like Eric Montross. Coach Roy Williams said that Hansbrough's nose isn't broken, but that he doesn't look good. UNC defeated Duke 86-72 in the Smith Center on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2007. DTH File/Beth Ely. 

Column: The modern myth of the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. Immediately makes one think of UNC-Duke basketball, no?


2/3/2020 11:52pm

UNC fans compete for seats at bars and restaurants as close to Franklin and North Columbia where as many as 50,000 people come to celebrate UNC wins. UNC students watch the men's basketball game between UNC and Duke on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at Lotsa on Franklin Street. No.8 UNC beat No.1 Duke 88-72. 

Column: Long live the midweek North Carolina-Duke basketball matchup

As noted by Pat James of GoHeels.com, you’d have to go back nearly three decades —  when Duke hosted UNC on Saturday, January 19, 1991 — to find the last time the Tar Heels and Blue Devils played their first game on a day other than Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In a perfect world, they’d go three more decades before they have to open on the weekend again.