Today #5 Duke goes into the Dean Smith Center to square off with #13 North Carolina. Whoever wins the match-up will win the ACC regular season title. Hit the jump below to view a recap of some of the greatest games between the two schools.
- North Carolina leads the all-time series 130-100.
- The first game ever played between North Carolina and Duke, known as Trinity College until 1924, took place January 24, 1920. UNC won 36-25.
- North Carolina and Duke usually rank amongst the nation’s best teams when they meet.
- For the last 127 meetings at least one school has been ranked in the AP Top 20 or AP Top 25. The last time when neither was ranked by the AP was on February 27, 1960, but North Carolina was #12 in the coaches’ poll (run at the time by the UPI, now the ESPN/USA Today poll). The last time when neither was ranked in either polls was February 25, 1955 when Duke (ranked as high as #17 earlier in the season) beat North Carolina (unranked all year).
- North Carolina has been ranked in the AP poll in 103 of the last 127 matchups. Duke was ranked in 82 of those 127 match-ups. Duke and North Carolina have met 67 times when both teams were ranked in the Top 25, with the series record at 34-33 for North Carolina.
- North Carolina and Duke have never met in the NCAA Tournament, though both teams went to the Final Four in 1991 with Duke as eventual NCAA Champion. They did meet in the 1971 National Invitation Tournament semifinals, which North Carolina won 73-67 en route to the 1971 NIT championship.
- The largest margin of victory by North Carolina over Duke was 37 points (55-18 in 1921). The largest margin by Duke over North Carolina was 35 points (104-69 in 1964).
March 3, 1984: #1 North Carolina 96, Duke 83 (2OT)
This was the final home game for Matt Doherty, Michael Jordan, and Sam Perkins.
After the Blue Devils missed the front end of a one-and-one, Matt Doherty took the inbounds pass the length of the court and hit a 15-footer with one second remaining to force overtime.
The teams traded baskets during the first overtime and headed for the second extra session tied at 79.
Jordan (pictured) and Perkins were unstoppable in the second overtime, and the Tar Heels went on to win, becoming the first ACC team in 10 years to go undefeated in conference play.
February 2, 1995: #2 North Carolina 102, Duke 100 (2OT)
With Mike Krzyzewski on leave of absence for the year, the Blue Devils suffered through their worst season in well over a decade
Duke fell behind in the first half 26-9, as Carolina’s Rasheed Wallace (pictured) and Jerry Stackhouse scored at will.
But the Blue Devils rallied in the second half, leading by as many as 12 points.
Duke’s Jeff Capel hit a running, 37-foot heave that tied the game as regulation-time expired.
Duke had a chance to force a third overtime, but Steve Wojciechowski’s jumper fell short, preserving the Tar Heel victory.
February 3, 2000: #3 Duke 90, North Carolina 86 (OT)
The Tar Heels were unranked coming into the game for the first time since 1990
North Carolina turned the ball over 14 times in the first half to give the Blue Devils a 17-point lead at the break.
The game changed drastically in the second half, with the Tar Heels scoring on 19 of their final 22 possessions.
Joseph Forte hit a three-pointer with 5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Duke couldn’t miss in OT, scoring on their first six possessions.
Carlos Boozer (pictured) scored seven points in the extra period to lead the Blue Devils to victory.
February 4, 2004: #1 Duke 83, #17 North Carolina 81 (OT)
This was the first Duke-Carolina rivalry game between Mike Krzyzewski and new UNC head coach Roy Williams.
Duke turned up the defense late in regulation and went on a 10-0 run, taking a 72-69 lead.
Chris Duhon’s (pictured) reverse layup with 6.5 seconds left in overtime gave the Blue Devils their fifth victory in the last six years on North Carolina’s home court.
February 11, 2009: #3 North Carolina 101, #5 Duke 87
Going into this game, the Tar Heels had won each of their match-ups in this rivalry at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2005.
The first half was a game of runs. UNC led at one point by as many as 11. But Duke was up by eight at the half.
Ty Lawson’s (pictured) relentless penetration in the second half was the difference in the game.
He scored 21 of his 25 points after the intermission.
This game marked the first time in nine years that Duke allowed 100 points on its home floor.
With this UNC victory, Tar Heel seniors Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green finished their college careers undefeated at Cameron.