Duke will travel down the road to Chapel Hill tonight to take on North Carolina in an epic rivalry game at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. This is perhaps the greatest rivalry in sports–along with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The schools are separated by only eight miles but you can tell both of these colleges really hate each other.
In honor of tonight’s game, I counted down five of the greatest recent moments in the rivalry’s history.
Bonus Moment: The manager squads hold an annual game against each other the night before the two main squads square off and things got heated yesterday. If you thought the hatred is just about the main game, you are wrong.
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5. J.J. Redick scores 35 against North Carolina (2006)
J.J. Redick will forever be one of the most hated college basketball players of all time. He was one of the prolific shooters ever in college and loved the hate from opposing crowds. In a game at Chapel Hill, Redick put on one of his best shooting exhibitions I’ve ever seen at this level. Redick scored 22 of his 35 points in the second half to help Duke Win 87-83.
4. Gerald Henderson elbows Tyler Hansbrough (2007)
Gerald Henderson went full WWE mode on Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough exited with his face covered in blood and was ordered straight to the locker room. It was towards the end of the game with UNC up 12 and it was a cheap shot by Henderson.
3. Jeff Capel buzzer-beater in 2OT-game (1995)
This one would have been higher if Duke actually won the game but this will forever be one of the greatest shots made in Duke basketball history.
2. Austin Rivers game-winning buzzer-beater–Duke beats Carolina (2012)
This is one of the most recent moments. It was tough game at Chapel Hill and an incredible ending. Austin Rivers scored a career-high 29 points, including six 3-pointers, along with the game-winning shot.
1. Jerry Stackhouse‘s dunk (1995)
This is one of the greatest dunks in college basketball history. Stackhouse, in the heat of the game, caught the ball on the wing and drove to the hoop, reversing in mid-air for the slam.
What is your favorite Duke/UNC moment?
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