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 UNC vs. Duke
Dante Calabria tips in the shot with six seconds left to beat Duke in 1996.
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 UNC vs. Duke
Antawn Jamison gets open under the basket in '96 for the one-handed slam.
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 UNC vs. Duke
Grant Hill drives to the hoop, draws the foul and gets the ball to drop in Duke's '92 loss.
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 UNC vs. Duke
UNC's Kevin Salvadori blocks Grant Hill's shot at one end and slams down at the other in a '92 Heels' victory.
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 Duke vs. North Carolina
Jason Williams drives and dishes to Carlos Boozer in Duke's win last season in Chapel Hill.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Ten terrific Tobacco Road tussles
By Rico Longoria
Special to

ESPN Classic looks back at 10 thrilling Duke-North Carolina games from the past.

Joseph Forte
Joe Forte went 0-for-2 as a freshman vs. Duke.
Duke 90, UNC 86 (OT)
Dean Dome
Feb. 3, 2000

The Tar Heels were unranked coming into the game for the first time since 1990 and they played like it for the first 20 minutes. Shane Battier scored 14 first-half points for Duke and UNC turned the ball over 14 times to give the Blue Devils a 17-point halftime lead. Duke eventually took a 19-point lead early in the second half. Carolina then turned the tide down the stretch, scoring on 19 of its final 22 possessions, including a 3-pointer by Joseph Forte with 5.2 seconds left to send the game to the extra period at 73-73. The Blue Devils scored on their first six possessions in overtime and got seven points from Carlos Boozer in the extra frame to hold on for the 90-86 victory.

Scott Wojciechowski
Steve Wojciechowski was 2-7 vs. UNC as a player, but beat the Heels twice as a coach last season.
UNC 73, Duke 72
Dean Dome
Jan. 31, 1996

Duke led 37-20 with under five minutes to go in the first half and took a 42-30 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Carolina managed to close the gap to 44-42 with 14:14 remaining in the game, but the Blue Devils stretched the lead back to 11 with 8:44 left. The Tar Heels fought back and pulled within one behind scoring from six different players over the next few minutes. Steve Wojciechowski hit a 3-pointer to give Duke a 72-68 lead with 1:13 to go. Shammond Williams answered with a 3 to cut the Duke lead to one with 58 seconds left, and UNC forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass. Jeff McInnis drove the lane and fed Serge Zwikker, whose shot was blocked by Greg Newton, but Dante Calabria was there for the tip-in and a 73-72 Carolina lead. Duke's Ricky Price could not connect on a jumper at the buzzer, and the Tar Heels escaped.

Jerry Stackhouse
Stackhouse led UNC to five wins in six games against Duke.
UNC 102, Duke 100 (OT)
Cameron Indoor
Feb. 2, 1995

In what may be the greatest game in the history of this rivalry -- the 202 total points remain the most ever scored in a Duke-UNC game -- the Tar Heels outlasted an undermanned Blue Devil team. Jerry Stackhouse's dunk over two Blue Devils and the ensuing free throw capped a 26-9 Carolina run to open the game. Duke used 3-point shooting to get within five points at halftime and eventually lead by 12 midway through the second half. The Tar Heels mounted a surge of their own and came back from nine points down with 6:18 to play to force overtime. UNC took a nine-point lead in the first overtime, but four Duke 3-pointers, including Jeff Capel's running 30-footer as time expired, tied the score at 95 and sent the game to a second overtime. Clutch jumpers by Donald Williams and a steal and basket by Jeff McInnis with under a minute to go sealed the 102-100 win for UNC.

Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner went 5-6 against UNC in four seasons.
UNC 75, Duke 73
Dean Dome
Feb. 5, 1992

In a rough game that featured blood and broken bones, Duke used an early 9-0 run to take a 16-11 lead with 12:55 to go in the first half. Hubert Davis' 3-point play capped off a North Carolina run to give the Tar Heels a 20-19 lead. The teams would exchange the lead 10 times before a Thomas Hill baseline jumper gave the Blue Devils a 39-38 halftime lead. The Tar Heels opened the second half with a 10-0 spurt, but then saw its offense disappear. Duke went five minutes before scoring a second-half basket but fought back with tough defense, holding UNC without a field goal over the last 9½ minutes of the game. Carolina hit 12 of 14 free throws during that stretch, including two by Derrick Phelps with 44.5 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels a 75-73 lead. Christian Laettner had two shots to tie the game in the final 24 seconds, but missed both. Brian Davis led Duke with 16 points, while Davis scored 16 for UNC.

Duke 70, UNC 69
Dean Dome
Jan. 21, 1988

Duke opened the game with an 11-2 run and eventually led 29-15, but North Carolina cut the lead to three before the Blue Devils took a 44-39 halftime lead. UNC still trailed 55-44 with 12:53 left when J.R. Reid took over the game. Reid scored 14 of Carolina's final 16 points to help the Tar Heels tie the score at 69 with 1:24 to go. A Danny Ferry free throw with 52 seconds remaining provided the winning margin for Duke, but not before North Carolina forced a turnover and failed to convert on four field goal attempts in the final 30 seconds. Kevin Strickland scored 22 points and Ferry added 19 for Duke, while Reid dropped in 27 for the Tar Heels.

Duke 77, UNC 75
ACC Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum
March 10, 1984

After nearly beating North Carolina twice in the regular season, Duke scored an upset over the No. 1 Tar Heels in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. Johnny Dawkins and Tommy Amaker led the Blue Devils to a 40-32 halftime advantage. But, UNC went on a 12-2 run to open the second half, tying the score at 44-44 in a game that was close the rest of the way. David Henderson hit four late free throws to keep Duke in the lead, but Micheal Jordan closed the gap to 77-75. Carolina regained possession with three seconds left in the game, but the Tar Heels comeback bid ended with Matt Doherty's errant inbounds pass. Jordan led all scorers with 22 points, while Doherty scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

UNC 96, Duke 83 (2OT)
Carmichael Auditorium
March 3, 1984

North Carolina looked to be finished when Duke's Mark Alaire converted a three-point play with 20 second to go in regulation and the Tar Heels' missed a jumper that would have tied the game. But the Blue Devils missed the front end of a one-and-one, Carolina took a time out and Matt Doherty took the inbounds pass the length of the court and hit a 15-footer with one second remaining to force overtime. The teams traded baskets during the first overtime and headed for the second extra session tied at 79. Michael Jordan opened the second overtime with an alley-oop and a free throw, but Johnny Dawkins cut the UNC lead to 82-81 with a short jumper. Duke would get only one more basket as Jordan and Sam Perkins carried the Tar Heels to the 96-83 final. Alaire led all scorers with 28 points, while Jordan topped Carolina with 25.

Duke 66, UNC 65 (OT)
Cameron Indoor
Feb. 28, 1981

North Carolina controlled the game early, then went scoreless over a four-minute stretch of the second half to allow Duke to take a 46-45 lead late in regulation. The Tar Heels fought back to go ahead 50-49, and the teams traded baskets until two Sam Perkins free throws gave Carolina a 58-56 lead with two seconds to play. Duke inbounded to midcourt and called time out with one second left. Gene Banks took the inbounds pass and nailed a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime. The Blue Devils took a 62-59 lead early in the extra session, but UNC rallied to take a 65-64 lead on the strength of an Al Wood jumper and and two free throws by Mike Pepper. Duke's Vince Taylor misfired on a short jumper, but Banks rebounded the miss and banked home the game-winner with 19 seconds to go. Banks led Duke with 25 points, while Perkins scored 24 for Carolina.

UNC 78, Duke 76
Big Four Tournament

Greensboro Coliseum
Dec. 5, 1980

North Carolina led by as many as 11 in the first half before Duke trimmed the lead to five at halftime. Carolina played much of the second half shorthanded as Al Wood and Sam Perkins got into foul trouble, Perkins would foul out with 7:55 to go. James Worthy did his best to pick up the slack, leading the Tar Heels with 26 points and hitting eight straight shots at one point in the second half. But Gene Banks was able to give Duke only its second lead of the game, 73-71, with 2:36 left to play. UNC came back to tie the game at 76. Current Tar Heel head coach Matt Doherty, a freshman at the time, was then fouled and hit a free throw with 12 seconds remaining to provide the winning margin. A Jimmy Braddock free throw in the final second gave Carolina the 78-76 final.

Duke 99, UNC 96 (OT)
Big Four Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum
Jan. 3, 1975

The teams played a see-saw game until a 10-0 Duke run in the second half made the score 64-56. North Carolina eventually tied the score at 70-70 with four minutes to go. Duke went back up by four with 1:41 to go, but a driving layup by Phil Ford with eight seconds to go in regulation tied the score at 82 and extended the game to overtime. The Blue Devils got quick baskets from Kevin Bellerman and Bob Fleischer to open the overtime but the Tar Heels answered and eventually took the lead, 98-88, on two Ford free throws with two minutes to go. Duke answered with four straight points and Carolina came back to tie the score at 92, and then Tate Armstrong converted a three-point play to put the Blue Devils ahead for good. The teams combined for eight points in the final 20 seconds of the game, but Dukes' free throw shooting gave them the 99-96 win. Fleischer led Duke with 26 points and Phil Ford scored 22 for UNC.

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