It is the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball and perhaps all of college sports. It is Carolina-Duke, Duke-Carolina regardless of what title you choose to give it or what shade of blue you choose to wear this is a rivalry that you know something special is about to happen when these two teams play each other. It is a game and a rivalry that has helped define a conference, two loyal fan bases and even helped create a new channel for the worldwide leader in sports.
The same way Super Bowl Sunday is America’s favorite unofficial holiday, inside the state of North Carolina the two days a year Carolina and Duke play is a unofficial holiday because nothing else matters that day expect for the game. You hear all the time “its something special and magical about this rivalry” that’s because it is and unless you lived through it as a fan, student, player, alum or coach it is truly hard to put into words how wonderful and amazing these games are.
Now let’s take a look back at some of the most historical games and moments in the greatest rivalry in college basketball.