The Duke-North Carolina basketball rivalry resumes on Thursday night in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels lead the overall series 135-110.
The teams split their regular-season games last season, but Duke defeated UNC 93-83 in the ACC tournament, the Tar Heels’ last loss before winning the NCAA tournament.
The News & Observer asked fans via Twitter to give us their favorite Duke-North Carolina game and/or memory. Here are a few, in chronological order:
Feb. 2, 1995: No. 2 UNC 102, Duke 100 (2 OT) in Durham
“Well, when @jeffcapel hit that half court shot to tie the game in Cameron in 1995, I jumped up and punched a hole in the flimsy ceiling of my apartment kitchen and thought I had broken my wrist, so that gets my vote.” – Drew Shirley You Can’t Be Serious @DrewShirleyShow
It was a game of spectacular comebacks. Duke led by 12 midway in the second half, but before that the Tar Heels forged a 17-point lead in the first half. Then North Carolina jumped in front by nine to start the first extra period, only to fall into a 95-95 tie on Jeff Capel’s buzzer-beating, 35-footer.
Former Garner High standout Donald Williams’ jumper with a little more than a minute left in the second extra period and Jeff McInnis’ steal and lay-in just seconds later were the difference, sending the Tar Heels to their eighth straight win and stretching the Blue Devils’ streak of ACC frustration to eight.
The game was played during Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s sabbatical due to a back surgery. Pete Gaudet was the temporary coach of the Blue Devils.
Feb. 28, 1998: No. 1 Duke 77, No. 3 UNC 75 in Durham
“Wojo’s senior day. 1998. 77-75.” – Michael Stein @msdukie1997
Trailing North Carolina by 17 points, Elton Brand, Roshown McLeod and Duke teammates rallied for a 77-75 victory, the ACC regular-season title and put Steve Wojciechowski in the arms of coach Mike Krzyzewski, who posted his 500th career victory.
“In the last 11 minutes, 39 seconds, it was just beautiful to me to watch this team go to another level,” said Krzyzewski, who saw his Blue Devils avenge a Feb. 5 loss to the Tar Heels by outscoring Carolina 30-11 during the rally.
No. 2 Duke 95, No. 4 UNC 81 in Chapel Hill: March 4, 2001
“One of my favorite games was March 2001 in Chapel Hill. Duke took on #4 UNC in its first game without injured Carlos Boozer. Jason Williams went nuts (33pts), Battier had an iconic block of Forte and Duke won 95-81. First of 10 consecutive wins on the way to the National title.” – Craig Henderson @c_hndrsn
Shane Battier contributed 25 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and five blocked shots, and Jason Williams had 33 points and nine assists as the Blue Devils claimed a share of the ACC regular-season title with UNC and ruined UNC’s Senior Day. Carlos Boozer had broken his foot, but it didn’t keep the Blue Devils from winning the 2001 NCAA championship.
No. 2 UNC 75, No. 6 Duke 73 in Chapel Hill: March 6, 2005
“most will say the 2OT epic in 1995 but as far as games i remember, the 2005 game in chapel hill was something else. collectively that was probably the best season for the rivalry as both games came down to the final possession” – Jordan @heelsrule1988
Down by one point late in the game UNC’s David Noel stole the ball from Duke’s Daniel Ewing with 27.8 seconds left. Eight seconds later Raymond Felton was fouled, missed his second free throw and tipped the ball to teammate Marvin Williams, who made a layup and was fouled to give the Tar Heels their first outright ACC regular-season championship since 1993. Duke’s J.J. Redick then missed a 3-point shot that would’ve won it. The Tar Heels would go on to win the NCAA title in Roy Williams’ second season as head coach.
No. 8 UNC 86, No. 14 Duke 72 in Chapel Hill: March 4, 2007
The Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Henderson game! So much excitement! Go, Heels! – Margaret Elvers @ElversElvers
In a game that the Tar Heels dominated, Duke’s Gerald Henderson committed a hard foul on UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough by hitting him on the nose with his elbow long after the game had been decided. The contact drew blood, and the officials ejected Henderson from the game. After the foul, Hansbrough had blood streaming from his broken nose. He wound up wearing a protective mask into the NCAA tournament.
No. 9 Duke 85, No. 5 UNC 84 at Chapel Hill: Feb. 8, 2012
“Duke’s 12 point turnaround in the last 2:30 at Carolina capped by an Austin Rivers 3 at the buzzer. Good day to be a blue devil” – blake price @ BlakePrice330
The Tar Heels led by double-digits most the of the game, but Duke rallied behind Austin Rivers, who finished with a career-high 29 points, including six 3-pointers. Trailing by 10 with about two minutes to play, Duke went on a 10-2 run that cut North Carolina’s lead to 84-82 with 14 seconds to play.
Tyler Zeller missed one of two free throws and then Rivers hit a long 3-pointer as time expired.
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