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Tuesday September 28th

Unc-Duke Rivalry


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?

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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.

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Head Coach Mack Brown and Offensive coordinator Phil Longo celebrate UNC's win on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. UNC defeated Duke 20-17.

After dramatic win versus Duke, Mack Brown is the winningest coach in UNC history

Some coaches say they'll do whatever it takes to win. And some coaches roll up their sleeves and dance in the locker room. “It looks like when we win, they’re going to make me dance,” he said. “And if that helps us win, man, I’ll dance. I don't even like to dance, but I like to win.” it’s only right that that was how Mack Brown, the old/new head coach of North Carolina football, celebrated becoming the man with the most victories in program history.

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