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.
UNC's Johnson, Duke's Suggs date despite rivalryBrice Johnson has been a welcomed and frequent visitor during Duke's women's games. All thanks to Faith. "She's like my best friend," he said. "We have a lot in common." Faith Suggs is a 6-foot-1 freshman forward for the Blue Devils. The two have been dating, which explains Johnson's foray into what would otherwise seem like enemy territory. (ESPN.com)
Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #20 DukeUNC meets Duke in part one of the 2016 ultimate battle between good and evil. Here are the keys: The various match-ups in this game are pretty much everything. For UNC, figuring out the best way to guard Brandon Ingram is the first priority and after that keeping Grayson Allen out of the lane. Prediction: UNC 88, Duke 79 (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Michael Jordan's Greatest Game vs. Duke (1983)Michael Jordan had many great games as a North Carolina Tar Heel, but here is his greatest against his greatest rival, Duke. MJ dropped 32 on the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill in 1983 as a sophomore, which was his career high at the time.
Roy Williams on Golf with Michael JordanToday is Michael Jordan’s 53rd birthday, and with it, we’re reminded of how much His Airness enjoys not only golf, but golf on Pinehurst No. 2. But what’s a round of golf with MJ really like? Below, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams explains, and as he says, you better be ready to “stand up to the lip.” (And don’t miss the sweet, sweet dig Coach gets on MJ’s game.) (Pinehurst Resort)
Lucas: Stop The BallThe most important single factor in the game tonight will be how well Carolina guards the ball. All of Duke’s offense—and all of Carolina’s defensive problems or success—will come from how well or poorly the Tar Heels handle that one area of the game. Defending the Blue Devils’ dribble penetration changes every other aspect of the game. (GoHeels.com)
Poll: North Carolinians favor Tar Heels over DukeOur annual UNC/Duke poll- finds North Carolinians rooting for the Tar Heels 39/29. Even with Duke coming off a national championship, the Tar Heels continue to have the advantage on the court of public opinion. Roy Williams (49/12 favorability) and Mike Krzyzewski (50/10) are both pretty popular figures statewide. (Scroll to next-to-last paragraph) (Public Policy Polling)
SI's 100 Best Michael Jordan PhotosMichael Jordan was a 14-time All-Star, nine-time all-defensive first-teamer, five-time league MVP and MVP in every one of the six Finals in which he played, all of which resulted in Chicago Bulls championships. As MJ celebrates his 53rd birthday on Feb. 17, 2016, we present SI's 100 best photos of "His Airness" through the years. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Danny Green Dunks on Greg Paulus at Duke 2008Danny Green dunks over Greg Paulus during the Tar Heels win at Duke in 2008.
Rivalry Fueled Tar Heel RecruitmentsNorth Carolina-Duke is among the elite rivalries in all of sports. It’s a must-see event, where viewers from across the globe tune in to watch two schools linked by eight miles and copious amounts of success battle for Tobacco Road supremacy. It’s also a factor in drawing the eyes of young basketball players to Chapel Hill and Durham. (Inside Carolina)
UNC, Duke playing at peak levels entering rivalry gameNorth Carolina's Justin Jackson says it doesn't really matter what recent games have looked liked for either team when this rivalry happens, and I won't full-force argue that. But the proof is in the play -- both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils enter everyone's favorite game having just played arguably the best games of their respective seasons. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|