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North Carolina Still Behind the Tar Heels
PPP's annual poll on the UNC/Duke basketball game finds the same thing it has all 8 years the poll has been conducted- residents of the state will be pulling for the Tar Heels on Saturday night. 41% of voters say they're pulling for UNC to only 27% who support Duke. Those numbers are exactly identical to what we found last year. This is a rare issue in North Carolina these days where we find Democrats and Republicans in agreement.
UNC to Honor Coach K's 1,000 Wins
North Carolina will present Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque in honor of his 1,000 wins prior to Saturday’s rivalry matchup at the Smith Center, the school announced on Friday. “We’re going to give him a little presentation and something for winning 1,000 games,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters. “That’s an unbelievable accomplishment.”
Favorite UNC-Duke Moments
Tar Heel Depot and some of their friends from the greater UNC community thought it would be an interesting opportunity to share their favorite UNC-Duke memories before the big game on Saturday and what made them so special. Michael Hardison, Jones Angell, Brett Thompson, Adam Lucas, John Tobben, Sherrell McMillan, and Bryan Ives each contributed.
After overtime loss to Duke, UNC men's basketball looks to strike back at home
Duke’s coming to Chapel Hill as scheduled this year. And after the gut-wrenching 92-90 overtime loss that the No. 19 Tar Heels experienced in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 18, there’s no need to worry about motivation. “If we have a letdown this time, guys, we don’t have a friggin’ heart,” said Coach Roy Williams after his team’s 81-49 dismantling of Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Video: Steve Robinson, Jones Angell Preview Duke
UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson and "Voice of the Tar Heels" Jones Angell break down the second Carolina-Duke matchup of the 2015 season.
Lucas: Ready To Run
Some of Carolina’s best offensive moments in the past couple of games have happened when the Tar Heels don’t have the ball. That’s because—as has often been the case under Roy Williams—some of Carolina’s best offense comes in transition when the Tar Heels are able to create points off turnovers. In Atlanta on Tuesday, UNC blitzed Georgia Tech with 21 first-half points off turnovers.
Know Your Opponent: Duke
North Carolina leads the overall series against Duke, 133-106. Just as it did in the lead up to the first meeting with UNC, Duke has run the gamut of performances from the head-scratching to the sublime in the four games prior to Saturday's regular season finale. Duke took what felt like UNC's best shot in Cameron on Feb. 18, the second-best performance by a visitor against the Blue Devils all season.
‘The right thing to do’
A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the UNC basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill as a freshman in 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager.
Marcus Paige Ready for Rematch
Despite a lackluster individual performance in No. 19 North Carolina’s loss to No. 3 Duke 17 days ago, Marcus Paige is more concerned with a team victory in the rematch on Saturday than any level of personal redemption. Paige’s frustration following the most recent loss at Duke provided some insight into his mental approach to the team portion of the game. Rarely does he take a loss well.
Despite uproar, Dick Vitale won't be calling the Duke-UNC game, again
This week, SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote a plea to ESPN executives to put Vitale back in the booth for this year’s second Duke-UNC game, a series from which the 75-year-old announcer was unceremoniously dumped prior to the season.
Dez Bryant to check out UNC-Duke
Having one of the most storied rivalries in college basketball played on your campus is a good thing for college football recruiting. Case-in-point: North Carolina has a load of top football prospects heading to Chapel Hill on Saturday to take in the Tar Heels vs. Duke basketball game at the Smith Center. It's also helpful if you can get big-time pro athletes to attend. It just sets the bar even higher for a great atmosphere, which impresses recruits and their families.
Carolina To Host Duke Saturday Night
North Carolina will play its final regular season game of 2014-15 and host Duke for senior night on Saturday in the Smith Center. ESPN will televise the game nationally. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake will call the action. Tipoff is set for just after 9 p.m. ESPN’s College Gameday program will originate from the Smith Center for its 10 a.m.-noon pregame show.
Kennedy Meeks knows much will be required of him versus Duke
One verse, and one verse only. Luke 12:48. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required. It’s Kennedy Meeks’ absolute favorite. It always has been. Depending on which version of the Bible is nearby, the words of the passage shift ever so slightly.
Roy Williams not worried about letdown against Duke
Next up for UNC after blowing out Georgia Tech are the guys from down the road whose blue has a royal hue. “We’re playing Duke,” Roy Williams said. “It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of letdown.” It'll be the last game of the regular season for both Duke, ranked No. 3, and No. 19 UNC. Tip time in the Dean Dome is 9 p.m. ESPN will show it.
Tokoto remembers Rockford roots while preparing for Duke
North Carolina ends the regular season Saturday night against Duke, and Rockford (IL) native J.P. Tokoto will have some special visitors in Chapel Hill for the game. His grandparents are making the trip from Rockford for the big showdown. J.P. Tokoto spent the early years of his life in Rockford prior to moving to Wisconsin before middle school. He still has fond memories of his time in the Forest City.