Highlights of the last four years of the UNC/Duke basketball rivalry.
Wondering who's a likely bet on Duke's roster to try to slow down Ty Lawson? Curious about whether Greg Paulus or Bobby Frasor is more likely to end up as an assistant coach at his alma mater within five years?
ACC beat writers Robbi Pickeral and Ken Tysiac will be online at noon Wednesday to answer your questions about the Duke-UNC rivalry and tonight's matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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Lotta action on tomorrow night's game between Duke and Carolina.
As our sister blog, Orange Chat, reports: Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy and Durham Mayor Bill Bell have a friendly wager going on the game.
All three Triangle teams will be playing two Division I-AA teams each this football season. The ACC will release the complete football schedule on Thursday but we know the nonconference opponents for N.C. State, UNC and Duke (and the rest of the ACC).
That means it will take 7-5 to get to a bowl for UNC, N.C. State and Duke. (Only one win over a I-AA opponent per season can be counted towards bowl eligibility).
The final seconds of North Carolina's 83-76 victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in March 2006 will always stand out in my memory.
Not just because UNC had to survive a furious 8-0 Duke run, or because a bunch of Tar Heel freshmen weren't supposed to beat the top-ranked team on its home court.
But because it was the first time the usually stone-faced Tyler Hansbrough really came out of his shell.
A quick heads-up: The game at 9 p.m. Wednesday will be shown on Raycom affiliates in this region (WRAL in RaleighDurham) and on ESPN outside ACC territory.
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Local viewers will see Tim Brant and Mike Gminski working the UNC-Duke telecast at 9 p.m. Wednesday, while ESPN has Mike Patrick and Dick Vitale in markets outside ACC territory.
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Roy Williams moved his press conference up to 10 a.m. on Tuesday so he could attend the funeral of a high school teammate, who was also in his wedding. He answered questions about his team’s Wednesday night showdown with Duke at
Cameron Indoor Stadium. Here’s a smattering of answers:
Q: You’ve said you think this is the best Duke team since you’ve been back at UNC. Why do you think that?
Five ACC teams are in the NCAA Tournament this week, based on the RPI.
Duke, despite losing by 27 to Clemson, remains No. 1 (see a flaw yet in the computer programming?) while UNC drops two spots to No. 6 because it beat two average teams at home.
Clemson (8), Wake Forest (14) and Florida State (19) are also enjoying the high life of the RPI.
Virginia Tech (40), Miami (41) and Boston College (49) lead the bubble watch with Maryland (68) squarely on the outside with Virginia (100), N.C. State (115) and Georgia Tech (157) — henceforth referred to as the ACC's "Three Bad Teams."
Hall of Fame ESPN TV analyst Dick Vitale used to take his two daughters out of school so they could attend Duke-North Carolina games with him.
Vitale figured they would learn more at the games than in the classroom. He would tell his girls that all the students in the crowd at the Smith Center or Cameron Indoor Stadium had to be high achievers to gain admission to their respective schools.
"We used it as a motivational to say, 'Hey, if you want to be part of a great environment like this, you've got to study. You've got to achieve,'" Vitale said. "And fortunately, both of the girls took after their mother, intellectually and physically."