Located only eight miles apart, the Duke vs. North Carolina rivalry is considered one of the most intense in all of sports. Battling it out at least twice a year since 1920, no matter the rankings, no matter the records, THE DUKE BLUE DEVILS are focused on one thing? BEAT NORTH CAROLINA.
February 3, 2000
Chapel Hill, NC
Duke 90 ? North Carolina 86 (OT)
The Tar Heels, unranked coming into the game for the first time since 1990, struggled in the first half. Shane Battier scored 14 first-half points for #3 Duke who jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead. Duke pushed the lead to 19 early in the second half before North Carolina turned the game around scoring on 19 of its final 22 possessions, including a Joseph Forte three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to send the game to overtime. The Blue Devils scored on their first six possessions in overtime and got seven points from Carlos Boozer in the extra frame to hold on for the victory.
February 5, 2004
Chapel Hill, NC
Duke 83 ? North Carolina 81 (OT)
The first game in the rivalry pitting Mike Krzyzewski against new UNC head coach Roy Williams didn?t disappoint. #1 Duke turned up the defense late in regulation with a 10-0 run, taking a 72-69 lead on two free throws by Luol Deng. #17 North Carolina fought back hitting a game-tying three-pointer and sending the game to overtime. Duke?s Shelden Williams? two blocks and aggressive defense forced North Carolina into a late turnover. Duke?s J.J. Redick made two free throws to take the lead before North Carolina?s Rashad McCants drilled a game-tying three. That set the stage for Chris Duhon's reverse layup with 6.5 seconds left in overtime to give Duke the win.
February 9, 2005
Duke 71 ? North Carolina 70
In arguably the most anticipated game in the rivalry since 1998, #2 ranked UNC came up Highway 15-501 to visit the #8 ranked Blue Devils for a heavily hyped, prime time broadcast. By keeping the game almost entirely in the halfcourt, the Blue Devils and their vaunted defense simply were too much for North Carolina. J.J. Redick scored 18 points and freshman DeMarcus Nelson added 16 for Duke who forced UNC into 23 turnovers to seal the victory.