Unable to hold late lead, UNC left with painful lossWhen North Carolina needed to make free throws late in regulation, it missed too many. When UNC needed to miss a free throw late in overtime, it executed perfectly, but Marcus Paige wasn't able to get a grip for a soaring putback attempt from the left block. As Paige crashed into a row of photographers beyond the baseline, a wild celebration erupted on the Cameron Indoor Stadium court. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC-Duke rivalry produces another thriller in DurhamThe best rivalry in college basketball delivered one of the most entertaining games of the season. In the second half, the visiting Tar Heels erased what was once a 13-point deficit. In the final four minutes of regulation, the host Blue Devils erased a 10-point deficit, which ended with a Tyus Jones game-tying layup with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. And overtime was, well, intense. (Sporting News)
A tribute, then another Cameron ClassicWednesday night in Durham started with a moment of silence for legendary former North Carolina coach Dean Smith at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the game was a fitting tribute in and of itself. UNC stayed close by powering its way over and through Duke’s defense. The result was a near-overwhelming 62 points in the paint for UNC and 19 offensive rebounds. (Greensboro News & Record)
Duke beats UNC in an overtime instant classicYou knew it was good because, even as the game ended, it didn't necessarily feel "right" that Duke won and UNC lost. And if the outcome was reversed, you probably would have felt the same way. That's the best attribute of a great game: the ending is what it is, and you come to grips with accepting. (CBS Sports)
Video: UNC-Duke Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 92-90 overtime loss to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday:
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - DukeFor about 39 minutes, Carolina was everything we'd heard the Tar Heels weren't lately. They were tough, they had a sense of urgency, they made big shots, and they defended. And then...they didn't. It's pretty miraculous that Duke made ten three-pointers to Carolina's two, the Blue Devils took 31 free throws to Carolina's 20, and the Tar Heels had the ball with a chance to win in regulation. (GoHeels.com)
Cook leads No. 4 Duke past No. 15 UNC 92-90 in OTQuinn Cook scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Wednesday night. In a thriller befitting college basketball's fiercest rivalry, the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 ACC) let an early 13-point lead slip away and trailed by 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation before rallying. They sent it into OT and won their ninth in 12 in the series. (ESPN.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto's Reverse Dunk vs. DukeNorth Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto shows off his hops with this reverse dunk on the fast break against Duke on February 18th, 2015.
Video: J.P. Tokoto's Putback Dunk Ends 1st Half vs. DukeJ.P. Tokoto skies for the huge putback dunk to put an exclamation point on the first half against Duke on February 18th, 2015.
Box Score: Duke 92, North Carolina 90 (OT)View the complete box score from North Carolina's 92-90 overtime loss to Duke in Durham on Wednesday: (View Box Score)
North Carolina-Duke is college basketball's most recognized rivalry for a reasonFor a few decades now, it has been generally accepted by most college basketball fans living outside the state of Kentucky that Duke-North Carolina is the sport's best rivalry. That assertion has been increasingly called into question in recent years thanks largely to the national success of both Kentucky and Louisville, and partly because of the parallel relationship between social media and the need to debate everything. (SB Nation)
DeCourcy: Perhaps Vitale shouldn't lament missing the call on likely Carolina-Duke yawnerLast time the Tar Heels went on the road, they gave up 48 points in the first 20 minutes, trailed 71-49 midway through the second half and dropped their third double-digit decision in four games. It’s hard to get excited about Carolina-Duke with that so fresh in our memories. (Sporting News)
Duke student paper remembers Dean Smith during rivalry weekThe newspaper spreads that the Cameron Crazies traditionally hold up during the team's home game against North Carolina will look different on Wednesday night. The animosity between Duke and Carolina fans peaks during rivalry week, with both universities' student newspapers hurling insults at each other. (Sporting News)
Duke vs UNC: College basketball's only national rivalryThis game, between two brothers, separated by almost nothing, belongs to all of college basketball. For reasons that should be obvious, it's the sport's ONLY national rivalry, the game that ESPN used to launch espn2. In part, it's due to the incredible shadow cast by football that obscures so much of the first three months of the season. (WRAL Sports Fan)
15 things you didn't know about Duke-UNCThis is the 153rd straight meeting with at least one team ranked in the polls. You have go back to Feb. 25, 1955 to find the last time these teams played without a little number by their side. The teams have also played twice when ranked No. 1 and No. 2 (1994 and 1998, with Duke being No. 1 both times) and Carolina has won both meetings. (USA Today)
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