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The time Michael Jordan wore No. 12
No. 23 did miss one game that season, although Michael Jordan did not. On Valentine’s Day, Jordan wore No. 12 instead of his iconic number. The sequence of events surrounding the jersey swap are not entirely clear, but a few details seem plausible in retrospect. Of the people familiar with the event who spoke to SI.com, there was an agreement on some basic points.
Wrong Side Of History
As North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke Wednesday night in the Cameron Indoor Stadium press room, his voice quivered and his words withered. His gloomy eyes, fighting back tears, told the story of the game his team just played, a heart-crushing 92-90 loss to No. 4 Duke in overtime. It was a game that saw wild swings of momentum and highlights that will be featured on ESPN for years to come.
Joel James’ role as emotional rock takes toll
Joel James has forged his fame on the sideline. The 6-foot-10 forward has compiled a catalog of celebrations and all but trademarked the menacing mean mugs he unleashes on unsuspecting opponents. James doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve so much as his emotions wear him as their vessel. It’s a tough task to be a team’s emotional rock, but James has embraced it.
Lucas: One Of Those Nights
If we’re going to get through this then we’re going to have to do it together, and we need to be honest about it right up front: I don’t want to write about that any more than you want to read about it. It was horrible. Well, wait a second. No it wasn’t. For the better part of two hours, it was thrilling. It was prototypical Carolina-Duke, and it was perfect
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke to the media after the Tar Heels 92-90 overtime loss at Duke on Wednesday.
Devil in the Details for Tar Heels
No. 15 North Carolina’s 10-point collapse in regulation and ultimate defeat in overtime at No. 4 Duke materialized due to a combination of glaring miscues and devilish details. Basketball is not the game of inches, but the idiom still holds true. The Tar Heels made that case in their 92-90 loss to Duke, the fifth in six games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and more importantly, the fourth in five games this season.
Recap & Analysis: Duke 92 UNC 90 (OT)
UNC is clearly good enough to go toe-to-toe on the road with Louisville and Duke. At no point has it ever been a question regarding the quality of the talent or the ability of this team. Effort and intensity have certainly been discussed but more than that, overall execution is off just enough that UNC often can't get that one basket or stop. Simply put, this team needs to learn how to win.
Video: Powerful Moment of Silence for Dean Smith at UNC-Duke
In a powerful pregame moment, the coaches and players from North Carolina and Duke kneel together at center court of Cameron Indoor Stadium to honor the legendary Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith
Unable to hold late lead, UNC left with painful loss
When North Carolina needed to make free throws late in regulation, it missed too many. When UNC needed to miss a free throw late in overtime, it executed perfectly, but Marcus Paige wasn't able to get a grip for a soaring putback attempt from the left block. As Paige crashed into a row of photographers beyond the baseline, a wild celebration erupted on the Cameron Indoor Stadium court.
UNC-Duke rivalry produces another thriller in Durham
The best rivalry in college basketball delivered one of the most entertaining games of the season. In the second half, the visiting Tar Heels erased what was once a 13-point deficit. In the final four minutes of regulation, the host Blue Devils erased a 10-point deficit, which ended with a Tyus Jones game-tying layup with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. And overtime was, well, intense.
A tribute, then another Cameron Classic
Wednesday night in Durham started with a moment of silence for legendary former North Carolina coach Dean Smith at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the game was a fitting tribute in and of itself. UNC stayed close by powering its way over and through Duke’s defense. The result was a near-overwhelming 62 points in the paint for UNC and 19 offensive rebounds.
Duke beats UNC in an overtime instant classic
You knew it was good because, even as the game ended, it didn't necessarily feel "right" that Duke won and UNC lost. And if the outcome was reversed, you probably would have felt the same way. That's the best attribute of a great game: the ending is what it is, and you come to grips with accepting.
Video: UNC-Duke Game Highlights
View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 92-90 overtime loss to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday:
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Duke
For about 39 minutes, Carolina was everything we'd heard the Tar Heels weren't lately. They were tough, they had a sense of urgency, they made big shots, and they defended. And then...they didn't. It's pretty miraculous that Duke made ten three-pointers to Carolina's two, the Blue Devils took 31 free throws to Carolina's 20, and the Tar Heels had the ball with a chance to win in regulation.
Cook leads No. 4 Duke past No. 15 UNC 92-90 in OT
Quinn Cook scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Wednesday night. In a thriller befitting college basketball's fiercest rivalry, the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 ACC) let an early 13-point lead slip away and trailed by 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation before rallying. They sent it into OT and won their ninth in 12 in the series.