Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tudor: A few UNC-Duke hoops moments to remember

There's almost never a Duke vs. UNC basketball game that comes up short on memories. Here are just a few of the many rivalry meetings that are worth noting:

Mar. 1, 1957: Lennie Rosenbluth's final Duke-UNC game. He had 40 points and 12 rebounds to lead an 86-72 UNC win in Durham. The Heels went on to finish 32-0.

Mar. 4, 1960: Duke's 71-69 win in the ACC Tournament semifinals at Raleigh keyed Harold Bradley's team to an unlikely league title. Duke beat Wake Forest in the title game after 6-6 center Carroll Youngkin's 30 points sank UNC.

Feb. 4, 1961: The brawl in Cameron erupted when Duke's Art Heyman and UNC's Larry Brown swapped licks under the UNC basket late in the game. The Devils won 81-77 and Heyman finished with 36 points.

Mar. 2, 1968: Fred Lind came off the Duke bench to score 16 points, grab nine rebounds and block three shots in the Blue Devils' 87-86 triple-overtime win.

Mar. 2, 1974: The famous eight points/17 seconds Tar Heel rally in Chapel Hill. Walter Davis hit the 30-foot jumper to force an overtime and the eventual UNC 96-92 win.

Dec. 5, 1980: The final Big Four event in Greensboro ended with a 78-76 UNC win. It was the first UNC-Duke game for Mike Krzyzewski. James Worthy had 26 points and nine rebounds in the win.

Feb. 28, 1981: Mike Krzyzewski's first Duke team won only 17 games but Gene Banks and Kenny Dennard made their Senior Night special with a 66-65 overtime win over the 11th-ranked Tar Heels.

Mar. 3, 1984: Final home game for UNC's Sam Perkins, junior Michael Jordan and Matt Doherty went to two overtimes before UNC escaped 96-93.

Jan. 18, 1989: Duke fans chanted "J.R. Can't Reid!" repeatedly during warm-up drills. Dean Smith was livid and Reid responded with 13 points and 10 rebounds as UNC stunned the top-ranked Devils, 91-71.

Feb. 5, 1992: Eric Montross left some blood on the Smith Center playing court but the Heels got a 75-73 win over top-ranked Duke.

Feb. 2, 1995: Duke's Jeff Capel hit one of the most amazing shots in rivalry history but after two overtimes, the second-ranked Heels escaped Durham with a 102-100 win.

Feb. 28, 1998: Top-ranked Duke got a 77-75 win over the 3rd-ranked Heels in Cameron for Krzyzewski's 500th career win.

Mar. 11, 2001: A 79-53 Duke romp in the ACC championship game at Atlanta marked the beginning of the end for Matt Doherty as UNC coach.

Feb. 5, 2004: In the series first game after Roy Williams left Kansas, the top-ranked Devils won in overtime, 83-81, at the Smith Center.

Feb. 7, 2006: J.J. Redick led an 87-83 Duke win in Chapel Hill with a stunning 35-point outburst. The senior guard scored 22 in the second half.

Mar. 8, 2008: UNC scored the game's final 10 points for a 76-68 win. Danny Green's 18 points led the offense. Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the top-ranked Heels.

Mar. 13, 2011: When they last met, the ACC championship was again on the line and the Devils made it look easy in Greensboro. Nolan Smith scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists to pace 75-58 win.

-- Caulton Tudor


Allison P. said...

Nice list... but, how could you possibly leave out the 2007 Tyler Hansbrough/Gerald Henderson incident??

BH said...

Wasn't there an 82-50 Duke blowout at Cameron a couple of years back?

Anonymous said...

February 24, 1979: #6 Duke 47, #4 North Carolina 40

Jim Spanarkel’s Senior Day game turned into one of the strangest afternoons in ACC basketball history as Duke held North Carolina scoreless for a half before knocking off the No. 4-ranked Tar Heels 47-40. Dean Smith resorted to the four corners offense and the Tar Heels held the ball throughout the first half, but Duke led 7-0 as Spanarkel forced two turnovers, assisted on a basket to Mike Gminski and scored the last bucket of the half on a short jumper. (Smith later said, "It should have been 2-0, or something like that, at the half.") North Carolina's only two shots of the first half were air balls, that resulted in the first-ever chants of "Air ball . . . Air ball!" from the Cameron Crazies. Sparnakel added 15 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 17, hitting 8-of-9 field goal attempts. The win allowed Duke to tie North Carolina for the ACC regular season title.

Anonymous said...

Why is the same compliance department at UNC still intact? Why are UNC BB players STILL taking Swahili? What a corrupt cesspool UNC has become.

Anonymous said...

2002: Duke 92, UNC 68

The Cameron Crazies taunted the Tar Heels with a pregame chant of "Soccer School" as North Carolina fell to 1-10 that season against ranked teams.


Anonymous said...

How about Marvin Williams' 3-point play in 2005?

Anonymous said...

How about UNC 131 Dook 101...only stat that matters...UNC OWNS DOOK..PERIOD...

Anonymous said...

K 4
Dean 2

Anonymous said...

Best game ever.

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those moments that you summarized here were thee best moments of that season, you really did a great job at compiling them