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UNC vs. Duke: 10 stats priming you for college basketball's inconceivably even rivalry
The first North Carolina vs. Duke matchup is finally here. Because nothing gets people excited more than straight-up data, here’s some statistical perspective for Thursday night’s matchup in Durham. While Duke has a 43-36 all-time advantage at home, UNC won last year’s game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, 76-72. Overall, the Tar Heels lead the series 134-108
Heels coach Roy Williams speaks out — and up — over HB2
I worked for a short while as a sportswriter. That job required a few brief conversations with Dean Smith, a man unafraid to speak his mind. Smith spoke in favor of civil rights, against the death penalty, in support of prisoners and, yes, favored equal treatment of gay and lesbian citizens. Dean Smith, no doubt, would be proud of his protégé, Roy Williams, for speaking his mind.
UNC Shooting Trends
Let’s take a quick look at some North Carolina shooting trends for various shot types/locations. This analysis will be comparing numbers from the first 12 games (through Kentucky) to those from the last 13. It’s roughly a non-conference vs. ACC split, although the final 13 includes Northern Iowa and Monmouth (in addition to the 11 conference games).
Can UNC use its balance to win another ACC title?
UNC has vaulted back to the top of the ACC standings with a balanced, veteran lineup. Roy Williams has nine players averaging 13 or more minutes per game. With one of the ACC’s top point guards in Joel Berry, a do-it-all wing in Justin Jackson who leads the Tar Heels in scoring and a pair of senior big men in Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, UNC can stack up with anyone.
Turner's Take: It's Time
It's time. Tonight, for the 243rd time, Duke and Carolina take the court in one of sport's greatest rivalries. Much will be made of this game and its partner in Chapel Hill next month. The game draws interest nationwide and indeed worldwide. But beyond the hype, it's an opportunity for growth as the regular season's final sprint begins.
Video: UNC Players Pre-Duke Interviews
Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media prior to Thursday's game against Duke in Durham. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson
, Joel Berry
, Kennedy Meeks
, Isaiah Hicks
, Kenny Williams
Video: Charlie Scott Wants his ACC Record Broken
Charlie Scott reflects on what it means to have the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn and hopes that a player from New York can break his championship game scoring record set in 1969.
The Essential UNC-Duke Gameday Prep List
Let's be honest: we all know you're not doing any work today. With that in mind, we've compiled some of the very best UNC-Duke videos, interviews and postgame stories (all the postgame victory stories from games at Duke in Roy Williams' time at UNC are here) for you to enjoy while waiting for tonight's 8 p.m. tipoff.
The best UNC-Duke head-to-head basketball recruiting battles
North Carolina and Duke is as good a rivalry as there is in all of sports, not just in college basketball. On Thursday the rivals will play their first of two games this season when they face off in Durham. In preparation, National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi looks back at the top four head-to-head recruiting battles between Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski.
Is it just like any other game?
This is not just any other game. The players know it. The coaches know it. The fans know it. Media and TV knows it. There is a reason why ESPN has been running promos for UNC vs. Duke promos for a week now. There is a reason why Roy Williams' pre-Duke game press conference was packed with writers and TV people we usually only see a games.
North Carolina's heroes in the Duke rivalry
North Carolina had a number of unbelievable individual performances in its rivalry against Duke. So much so that a game-winning buzzer-beater, a 40-point game, an unbelievable defensive effort against one of college basketball’s best shooters and Larry Miller’s 32 points on 13-of-14 shooting night didn’t make the cut.
The man who plays for everyone else: Nate Britt’s life has never been about basketball
It’s late. Quiet. Nate Britt would prefer it that way. The only thing that echoes in the Smith Center on nights like these is the bum-bum of a basketball on the hardwood. That, of course, and the man’s thoughts. Here, in front of an audience of none, is where Nate Britt does his best thinking. And on nights like these, it’s the serum for whatever ails him.
Tar Heels, Blue Devils primed for showdown
Just in time for this rivalry, North Carolina and Duke seem to have it together. Duke has won three games in a row and coach Mike Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils are a full health. North Carolina will arrive tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium holding first place in the ACC. Last season at this venue, the Tar Heels wrapped up the regular-season championship.
UNC vs. Duke: Preview and Prediction
The Tar Heels simply have too much talent and experience. Duke may get off to a good start in front of the Crazies, but as the playing field begins to level, UNC's length and athleticism should prove too much. One could make a case right now for UNC being the best team in the nation. The same cannot be said for the Blue Devils. Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 75
UNC vs. Duke: Five storylines to watch
From the shades of blue, to the history, to the immense talent on the court, you don't need a whole lot to build up the rivalry between North Carolina and Duke. But when the eighth-ranked Tar Heels (21-4 overall, 9-2 ACC) visit the 18th-ranked Blue Devils on Thursday, there are some storylines that make the clash of ACC powerhouses even more intriguing.