2009 is on the Tar Heels' mindsNorth Carolina plays Duke on Wednesday night in the biggest game of the season, a game that transcends time, a game constantly compared to all the other Duke-UNC games in the biggest and best rivalry in all of college sports. If the fifth-ranked Heels are to win this game, they already know what it’s going to take. It’s going to take the kind of defensive effort that other UNC team discovered late in the last national title run for Carolina. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: What makes Duke-UNC rivalry so great?Jay Bilas on the rivalry between Carolina and Duke. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Basketball Carolina Blue Air Jordan 30Tar Heel Basketball's new Carolina Blue Air Jordan 30s from Jumpman unveiled before UNC's game against Duke on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
Video: Marcus Paige on Fire at Pre-Duke Shoot-aroundUnfortunately, the camera wasn't rolling when Marcus Paige hit his first two in a row from half court but it was for his next two.
Know Your Opponent: DukeScouting Duke is fairly simple from a numbers standpoint, as Mike Krzyzewski's team is essentially just six deep at the moment. Senior Amile Jefferson has been out since early December and is not expected to feature Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. That leaves just two upperclassmen in the mix for Duke - senior Marshall Plumlee and junior Matt Jones. (GoHeels.com)
Former UNC Players Post Cool Throwback Photos Before Tonight’s Game Against DukeEx-UNC players Danny Green, Sean May and Leslie McDonald all posted throwback photos from their playing days. There’s a lot of other talented Tar Heels in these pictures too, including Wayne Ellington, Marvin Williams and Ty Lawson. (College Spun)
Breakdown: UNC's offense vs. Duke's defense; Duke's offense vs. UNC's defenseTwo-thirds of the way through their ACC schedules, No. 5 North Carolina (21-4, 10-2) finally faces No. 20 Duke (19-6, 8-4) tonight at 9 p.m. for the first of their two rivalry matchups. The Blue Devils have won 10 of the last 13 games in the series, including three straight since the Tar Heels prevailed 74-66 at home in a 2014 game that was rescheduled because of snow. (Fayetteville Observer)
Art’s Angle: The Numbers GameCarolina is way ahead of Duke in almost every rebounding category. Duke is way ahead of Carolina in every outside shooting stat. The Heels and Devils are almost even in average points scored and average points allowed and average scoring margin against opponents. (Chapelboro.com)
3 Keys To Beating DukeThe Tar Heels can run as many as five bigs in there, if you include whatever minutes Joel James and Luke Maye will play. But Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are a trio Duke simply does not possess. So, UNC must execute its offense properly and work things through the post. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Everything About the Duke-UNC Rivalry is PerfectChristmas has arrived for college basketball fans. When Duke and North Carolina tip-off their first meeting of the 2015-16 season on Wednesday night, all eyes will be watching as the two blue bloods battle for bragging rights. At least for the day, it will be everything that college basketball fans in the state of North Carolina think about. (Today's U)
As Duke and UNC prepare to clash, a look back at most memorable moments from the storied rivalryThe two powerhouse programs have long dominated the ACC and the NCAA tournament. From 1988 to 2001, all but one Final Four featured at least one of them. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski leads college basketball in Final Four appearances (12) with UNC's Roy Williams close behind in third (7). (New York Daily News)
UNC players discuss importance of rivalry, legacyMarcus Paige on former players giving advice and telling stories: "I’m sure some guys get tired of it, I don’t. They’ve played through it, they lived that experience and they earned it. If we do what we are capable of doing this year, then when I come back in a couple of years, I can have people annoyed at me for talking about how we got the job done." (Carolina Blue)
Video: Marvin Williams' Game-Winning Shot vs. Duke in '05Marvin Williams game-winning layup against Duke in 2005 was the culmination of one of the greatest comebacks in Tar Heel history against the Blue Devils.
UNC-Duke preview: Both teams peaking into rivalry gameNorth Carolina's return to form has come just in time for a key point in its season: Its first matchup of the year with archrival Duke on Wednesday at the Dean E. Smith Center. While Carolina, the preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll, is back to No. 5 this week, the Blue Devils are also enjoying a renaissance. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Henson, Barnes & Strickland Dunks vs. Duke in '11John Henson, Harrison Barnes & Dexter Strickland throw down big dunks in a win against Duke in Chapel Hill on March 5, 2011.
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||31-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|