Harrison Ingram has special performance in first UNC basketball vs. Duke rivalry game

The moment wasn't too big for Harrison Ingram, as the UNC basketball standout embraced his first opportunity to compete against rival Duke.

Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Ingram
Feb 3, 2024; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Ingram / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Harrison Ingram was not happy with the UNC basketball program's performance in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

In fact, Ingram was so frustrated by the loss to Georgia Tech that he watched the replay of the game on five separate occasions.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Heading into his first opportunity to play in the rivalry series between the UNC basketball program and Duke, Ingram was focused on helping his team get back in the win column. There were no excuses made, just pure determination from the junior to be better when the Tar Heels' biggest foe came to town on Saturday night.

Well, safe to say that mission was accomplished.

Ingram was outstanding, finishing the night with another double-double performance. He scored 21 points (on an impressive 8-12 from the floor, including 5-9 from three-point range) to go along with 13 rebounds, four steals, an assist, and a block over a game-high 38 minutes played.

In a game that some are calling "The Harrison Ingram Game," Ingram wasted no time making his mark on this rivalry, as his big-time performance on college basketball's biggest stage is one that will be remembered for quite some time.

What Ingram proved in the national spotlight is what UNC basketball fans have witnessed all season long: this guy is the most valuable transfer portal addition of any player in the entire country.

Sure, there might be some better players that have been good for their new squads, but no player has fit as perfect as Ingram has in Chapel Hill. The UNC basketball program needed him, and in turn, the program has helped him take his game to a whole new level.

In just 22 games as a Tar Heel, Ingram has more games of 10+ rebounds than his previous two seasons at Stanford combined, including a 19-rebound outing earlier in the season.

With 11 regular season games remaining, Ingram has knocked down 41 three-pointers, a new career high. He's also shooting the ball from deep at a 41 percent clip, which is also a new career-high.

As he continues to be a huge part of the UNC basketball program's success, Ingram is proving to the world that he is more than capable of playing basketball at the next level. Of course, UNC basketball fans hope that he has another year in Chapel Hill before that happens, but for now, enjoy what Harrison Ingram has provided for this year's squad.

It's been a very special year for Ingram, as Saturday night was another reminder of just how good he's been in his first season as a Tar Heel.

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