Throwback Thursday: UNC tops Duke in first game at Dean Smith Center


Throwback Thursday is a feature here at Keeping It Heel where we look back into some of the most historical or iconic moments in UNC athletics history. We may even flashback to some of the most recent moments in UNC history at times. Nonetheless, these are moments that define Carolina athletics and helped shaped the Tar Heels into the program they are today.

It was just another winter day Chapel Hill, but for UNC and Duke…it was THE day! It was yet another storied chapter in the biggest rivalry in all of college basketball…North Carolina vs. Duke. But for UNC, the stakes were even higher. It was the first game for North Carolina in the Dean E. Smith Center.

North Carolina was riding high being ranked No. 1, but Duke wasn’t far behind as they were ranked third. As if the hype of playing a new arena for the first time wasn’t high enough, having a NCAA championship caliber match-up among two rivals for the first game made it more intense.

Unfortunately it was Duke who would be known as the team who first scored in Dean’s new house instead of the Tar Heels themselves. Warren Martin would be the first Tar Heel to score in the Dean Dome.

It was a heavily contested battle the entire game until the end of the game. At the end of the day though, it was North Carolina who won the game 95-92.

Luckily, we’ve found not only game footage, but the entire recording of that game on YouTube for you to watch! You’re welcome!

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