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Thursday December 8th

Unc-Duke Rivalry

Duke freshman guard Trevor Keels (1) races UNC Sophomore guard RJ Davis (4) to the basket in the Dean Smith Center during the UNC men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Duke won 87-67.

Column: Cut the UNC men's basketball team some slack

"It’s fitting that this transition for UNC basketball is happening now. In one of the most tumultuous four years in UNC’s history, the University has experienced the reckoning of Silent Sam, sexual assault lawsuits and a global pandemic.  It’s not really a surprise that UNC basketball had one of its statistically worst seasons ever in 2020-2021, a head coaching change and a blowout loss to Duke in the same span of time."

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Duke first-year forward AJ Griffin (21) moves past UNC graduate forward Brady Manek (45) during a UNC men's basketball game against Duke in the Dean Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Duke won 87-67.

Despite blowout loss to Duke, Brady Manek proved his dedication to UNC's success

Graduate forward Brady Manek gave his everything for nearly all 40 minutes of Saturday's men’s basketball home matchup against his team's fiercest rival, the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils. He scored 15 of UNC’s 28 first-half points, eventually finishing the game with 21 points on 7-16 shooting. His six 3-pointers tied for the most any Tar Heel has made this season. "It was a long game, it was a hard game,” Manek said.

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