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UNC fans get #DookFans trending on Twitter ahead of rivalry game
Duke and North Carolina are set to square off in the latest chapter of their storied rivalry on Wednesday night, and North Carolina fans took some shots at the Blue Devil faithful with the hashtag #DookFans. The jokes mainly consist of calling Duke fans nerds and front runners, but they are largely pretty clever.
Dean Smith was the best, and I was there at the start
Eons before that nuanced New Orleans night; before he became a genius coach and teacher, one of sport's venerated forces of nature, even some kind of spiritual leader and humanitarian dream figure, and of course an absolute legend; before he became Dean Smith, he was an assistant nobody, appointed to save basketball at the University of North Carolina after a scandal that left the team on probation.
The UNC-Duke rivalry, from the court to the bench
Duke and North Carolina renew their storied rivalry tonight in Cameron Indoor Stadium. ESPN.com spoke with several participants in each shade of blue about both playing and coaching in what is arguably the most important matchup of the season for the respective schools. The Tar Heel voices are coach Roy Williams, Phil Ford, and Matt Doherty.
Marcus Paige key to a UNC upset over Duke
In the last decade Duke has lost just 12 times at Cameron — and five of those losses have been to UNC. The Tar Heels are 5-5 in their last 10 games in Durham. Heading into this game after falling to an unranked opponent (Pittsburgh) isn’t exactly the red-carpeted entrance UNC was hoping for. But the Tar Heels are historically replete with bounce-back victories against Duke.
Art’s Angle: Dean Smith’s Best Coaching Job
Like Roy Williams, whose Tar Heels have won 5 times in 11 trips to Cameron, Dean Smith was always comfortable playing at Duke since notching his first victory there in 1965. His career record at the Indoor Stadium was 18-18, and he was 10-7 in Durham after Krzyzewski took over. The rivalry has ebbed and flowed depending on who (simple as it sounds) had the better players at the time.
UNC senior recounts her weeks in the hovels of Krzyzewskiville
Everyone tells me I’m crazy. For the past six weeks, I’ve largely spurned my comfortable, cozy apartment in Chapel Hill in favor of a royal blue tent erected in the heart of Duke’s campus. Why? As a senior, I’m guaranteed a ticket to the men’s basketball game against Duke in the Dean Dome. But because of a family obligation that night, I decided to take my second best option: watching the Tar Heels play at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Carolina And Duke Honor Dean Smith Tonight
North Carolina and Duke continue their storied rivalry in men's basketball tonight. But tonight's match-up in Durham comes 11 days after the passing of legendary UNC coach Dean Smith. Many Duke fans are expected to wear dark blue t-shirts with the name "Dean" in the place of "Duke."
Why Duke-UNC rivalry starts so late this year
So this is what it's come to. The first Duke-North Carolina meeting of the year will occur Wednesday in Durham, N.C., with the ACC regular season nearly two-thirds complete. The return match At this rate, if the date of their initial engagement recedes much further through the calendar, the rivals' home-and-home series will be a doubleheader.
Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC at #4 Duke
UNC really needs a win here and not just for all the ACC and NCAA seeding ramifications but mainly for confidence's sake. The season doesn't hinge on what happens in Durham tonight. A loss doesn't necessarily mean the Tar Heels go into a tailspin or a win magically rights everything that's been wrong. However, you have to start somewhere. Prediction: UNC 77, Duke 74
North Carolina at Duke: Loser go home
Rarely does the first meeting of the season between North Carolina an Duke all but eliminate the loser from any chance of winning the ACC title. Yet that is the case Wednesday night for the 239th meeting between the two teams, who will face each other again in three weeks for the traditional season ending battle (March 7 in Chapel Hill).
North Carolina at Duke Game Preview and Predictions
It’s not just you: The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is played a little later these days. The two Tobacco Road foes meet for the first time on Feb. 18 this season. Last year, they didn’t meet for the first time until Feb. 20. Compare that to years past when the first game generally will be played in early February. The late start doesn’t make the meeting any less interesting. Perhaps even it raises the stakes.
Film room a familiar place for this year’s Tar Heels
The North Carolina men’s basketball team is all too familiar with the film room. At times this season it has offered a pat on the back. It’s been a haven of highlights. But it hasn’t been a happy place as of late. After winning six in a row, the Tar Heels have lost three of their last four games.
Marcus Paige: A Different Way Of Life
Roy Williams wasn’t there to see Marcus Paige. That day, the day of the 2009 Iowa 4A state championship game, he was there for Harrison Barnes — the one all the college coaches wanted. Marcus was the quiet freshman, Barnes the attention-grabbing junior.
Duke/North Carolina Insider Q&A
North Carolina has faced high quality opponents in Louisville and Virginia and lost to a Pittsburgh team that shot out of their minds (64.9% from the field, 53.8% from three). UNC has the ability and experience to compete and beat these teams, but have been out-toughed and out-worked when it matters.
John Feinstein Discusses Personal Stories About Dean Smith’s Life (audio)
Sports writer John Feinstein called into The Mac Attack to talk about the life and career of Coach Dean Smith including some great stories about him that people rarely knew about him. Feinstein begins his story telling by saying that Coach Smith rarely rode in the same bus as the team on road games.