- Posted March 9, 2013 by
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The March 4, 2006 game was the most watched college basketball game in ESPN history. #13 Carolina upset #1 Duke on Duke's own floor on their senior night that honored National player of the year and all-time ACC leading scorer J.J. Redick. The game was shown on both ESPN and ESPN2 in 3.78 million households.
Former Duke player and NBA star Grant Hill once said, "If you lose the head to head match up [against Carolina], the National Championship means nothing."
Former Carolina player, who last played for the Tar Heels in 1984, and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan echoed those sediments from the other end of the spectrum adding, "I never liked anything from Duke. . . there was no love lost at all, and even to this day that still is ingrained into all Carolina guys there's no way you're gonna like anything about Duke."
The fans are diehards. At Duke they are referred to as the "Cameron Crazies". Fans campout outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium in a tent shanty town called Krzyzewskiville, named after the Hall of Fame coach of the Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski.
The fans of the Tar Heels are just as ardent. This year they stole the head of the Blue Devil mascot and posted it on a pike atop the Carolina campus library before the first game earlier this year. When #15 Lehigh upset #2 Duke in the NCAA tournament last year Carolina began selling altered t-shirts on campus that read "Lehigh Beat Duke 75-70".
To live in North Carolina and like both teams is a sin, one in which this ireporter is guilty of, though I am a Duke fan before I am a Carolina fan.
Both teams are coached by Hall of Famers. Both have had success in other places. Carolina coach Roy Williams lead the Kansas Jayhawks to four Final Fours before becoming the head coach of the Tar Heels. Mike Krzyzewski has coached Team USA to two Gold Medals, China 2008, and London 2012.
ACC Regular Season Championships
North Carolina - 29 (1st)
Duke - 19 (2nd)
ACC Tournament Championships
Duke - 19 (1st)
North Carolina - 17 (2nd)
NCAA Final Fours
North Carolina - 18 (1st all-time)
Duke - 15 (3rd all-time)
NCAA Tournament Championships
North Carolina - 5 (tied for 3rd all-time)
Duke - 4 (5th all-time)
The rivalry plays out again tonight for the 236th time, 9pm EST, 6pm PST.