Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represents Duke University in NCAA Division I college basketball and competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA men's basketball program,[2] and is coached by Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
2020–21 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
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UniversityDuke University
First season1905–06
All-time record2,201–893 (.711)
Athletic directorKevin White
Head coachMike Krzyzewski (41st season)
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
LocationDurham, North Carolina
ArenaCameron Indoor Stadium
(Capacity: 9,314)
NicknameBlue Devils
Student sectionCameron Crazies
ColorsDuke Blue and White[1]
         
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NCAA Tournament Champions
1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1964, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1955, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2019
Conference Regular Season Champions
1940, 1942, 1943, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1979, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2010

Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships (tied with Indiana for fourth all-time behind UCLA, Kentucky and North Carolina) and appeared in 11 Championship Games (third all-time) and 16 Final Fours (fourth all-time behind North Carolina, UCLA, and Kentucky), and has an NCAA-best .755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have been named the National Player of the Year, and 71 players have been selected in the NBA Draft. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans (chosen 60 times) and 14 Academic All-Americans. Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 21 times, and also lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll seven times and is the all-time leader in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 135 weeks.[3] Additionally, the Blue Devils have the third longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, trailing only UCLA's 221 consecutive polls from 1966 to 1980, and Kansas’ 212 consecutive polls from 2009 to 2020.

Team historyEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Retired basketball jerseys[4]
Number Player Year
10 Dick Groat 1952
43 Mike Gminski 1980
24 Johnny Dawkins 1986
35 Danny Ferry 1989
25 Art Heyman 1990
32 Christian Laettner 1992
11 Bobby Hurley 1993
33 Grant Hill 1994
44 Jeff Mullins 1994
31 Shane Battier 2001
22 Jay Williams 2003
23 Shelden Williams 2007
4 JJ Redick 2007

Adapted from Duke University Archives[5]

Early years (1906–1953)Edit

In 1906, Wilbur Wade Card, Trinity College's Athletic Director and a member of the Class of 1900, introduced the game of basketball to Trinity. The January 30 issue of The Trinity Chronicle headlined the new sport on its front page. Trinity's first game ended in a loss to Wake Forest, 24–10. The game was played in the Angier B. Duke Gymnasium, later known as The Ark. The Trinity team won its first title in 1920, the state championship, by beating the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (now NC State) 25 to 24. Earlier in the season they had beaten the University of North Carolina 19–18 in the first match-up between the two schools. Trinity college then became Duke University.

Billy Werber, Class of 1930, became Duke's first All-American in basketball.[6] The Gothic-style West Campus opened that year, with a new gym, later to be named for Coach Card. The Indoor Stadium opened in 1940. Initially it was referred to as an "Addition" to the gymnasium. Part of its cost was paid for with the proceeds from the Duke football team's appearance in the 1938 Rose Bowl. In 1972 it would be named for Eddie Cameron, head coach from 1929 to 1942.

In 1952, Dick Groat became the first Duke player to be named National Player of the Year.[7] Duke left the Southern Conference to become a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. The Duke team under Vic Bubas made its first appearance in the Final Four in 1963, losing 94–75 to Loyola in the semifinal. The next year, Bubas' team reached the national title game, losing to the Bruins of UCLA, who claimed 10 titles in the next 12 years. Bob Verga was Duke's star player in 1967.

Bill Foster (1974–1980)Edit

The basketball program won its 1000th game in 1974, making Duke only the eighth school in NCAA history to reach that figure.[8] In a turnaround, Coach Bill Foster's 1978 Blue Devils, who had gone 2–10 in the ACC the previous year, won the conference tournament and went on to the NCAA championship game, where they fell to Kentucky. Gene Banks, Mike Gminski ('80) and Jim Spanarkel ('79) ran the floor.

Mike Krzyzewski (1980–present)Edit

Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke since 1980. His many accomplishments include:

  • 5 National Championships – 2nd most all time
  • 12 Final Fours (most since 1984–85) as well as five in a row from 1988 to 1992. Now tied for most all time with John Wooden at 12.
  • 16 Elite Eights
  • 25 Sweet Sixteens (most since 1984–85) and nine straight from 1998–2006
  • 35 NCAA tournament berths
  • 97 NCAA tournament wins (most ever)
  • 14 No. 1 seeds
  • 27 conference titles (12 regular season, 15 tournament), 10 of the 13 ACC Tournament Titles from 1998–99 through 2010-11
  • 15 30-win seasons
  • 36 20-win seasons
  • Number 1 AP ranking in 17 of the past 28 seasons
  • 8 Naismith College Player of the Year Awards
  • 9 National Defensive Players of the Year Awards
  • 26 AP All-Americans
  • 14 consensus first team All-Americans
  • 11 NBA top-10 picks: T-1st[9]
  • 23 NBA Draft first round picks
  • 1071 Career wins

Krzyzewski's teams made the Final Four in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2015.

In Krzyzewski's first season, the Blue Devils would finish the season with a 17–13 overall record and 6–8 record in ACC play. The team would later play in the NIT Tournament advancing to the quarterfinals. Despite having a good record the previous season, the Blue Devils would struggle during the next two seasons finishing with 10 wins in 1982 and 11 wins in 1983. The 1984 team, led by Tommy Amaker & Johnny Dawkins, would bounce back in strong fashion finishing 24–10 and was ranked the No.14 in the AP and Coaches poll and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.[10][11]

Duke upset the heavily favored UNLV Runnin' Rebels 79–77 in the Final Four in 1991, a rematch of the 1990 final in which Duke lost by 30 points. The team, led by Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, and Thomas Hill, went on to defeat Kansas 72–65 to win the university's first NCAA Championship.[12] Ranked #1 all season and favored to repeat as national champions in 1992, Duke took part in a game "acclaimed by many [as] the greatest college basketball game ever played," according to ESPN.[13][14][15][16] In the Elite Eight, Duke met the Rick Pitino-led Kentucky Wildcats. It appeared Kentucky had sealed the win in overtime when guard Sean Woods hit a running shot off the glass in the lane to put Kentucky up by one with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. After a timeout, Duke's Grant Hill threw a full-court pass to Christian Laettner. Laettner took one dribble and nailed a turn-around jumper at the buzzer to send Duke into the Final Four with a 104–103 victory.[17] Duke went on to defeat sixth-seeded Michigan, led by the Fab Five as freshmen starters including Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard, 71–51 to repeat as national champions.[18] Following the successful repeat, Laettner was the only collegiate player to be chosen for the Dream Team that won Olympic gold in Barcelona, while Krzyzewski was an assistant coach under Chuck Daly of the Detroit Pistons in a precursor to his becoming Team USA coach in 2006 and coaching them to two gold medals.

They would later meet Kentucky for another classic regional final game, but blow a 17-point second half lead in losing to the Wildcats. The Blue Devils would lose the 1994 title game to Arkansas and their "Forty Minutes of Hell" defense. The next two seasons would see them fall to just 31–31, though they made the 1996 tournament with an 18–12 record, 8–8 in conference play. They would also fall in the 1999 title game, this time to Jim Calhoun and the UCONN Huskies. Duke defeated Arizona 82–72 to win its third NCAA Championship in 2001, becoming one of a handful of teams in NCAA Tournament history to defeat all of their tournament opponents by double digits. Krzyzewski was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later that year. On April 5, 2010 Duke Men's Basketball won their fourth NCAA Championship by defeating Butler 61–59.[19] On April 6, 2015 Duke's Men's Basketball won their fifth NCAA Championship by defeating Wisconsin 68–63.[20]

Duke has been ranked as the #1 team in the nation 235 weeks in their history.

Former Duke stars such as Jim Spanarkel, Gene Banks, Alaa Abdelnaby, Johnny Dawkins, Cherokee Parks, Bobby Hurley, Antonio Lang, Roshown McLeod, William Avery, Trajan Langdon, Grant Hill, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Kenny Dennard, Brian Davis, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Mike Dunleavy, Dahntay Jones, Daniel Ewing, JJ Redick, Shavlik Randolph, Shelden Williams, Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Gerald Henderson, Andre Dawkins, Austin Rivers, Lance Thomas, Kyle Singler, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Marshall Plumlee, Bob Verga, Quinn Cook, Nolan Smith, Jason Williams, Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, Seth Curry, Kyrie Irving, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson, Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson, Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval, Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., RJ Barrett, Marques Bolden, Cam Reddish, and Zion Williamson have gone on to play in the NBA.[21]

Many of Krzyzewski's assistants and former players, such as Tommy Amaker (Seton Hall, University of Michigan and Harvard), Bob Bender (Illinois State University and University of Washington), Chuck Swenson at William & Mary, Mike Brey (Delaware and Notre Dame), Jeff Capel (VCU, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh), Chris Collins (Northwestern), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford, UCF), Quin Snyder (Missouri, Utah Jazz), and Steve Wojciechowski (Marquette) have become head basketball coaches at major universities and the NBA, while Pete Gaudet is now the head coach of the India women's national basketball team.

Results by season (1980–present)Edit

 
Jon Scheyer vs. Long Beach State (December 2009)
Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mike Krzyzewski (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1980–Present)
1980–81 Mike Krzyzewski 17–13 6–8 T-5th NIT Quarterfinals
1981–82 Mike Krzyzewski 10–17 4–10 T-6th
1982–83 Mike Krzyzewski 11–17 3–11 7th
1983–84 Mike Krzyzewski 24–10 7–7 T-3rd NCAA Round of 32
1984–85 Mike Krzyzewski 23–8 8–6 T-4th NCAA Round of 32
1985–86 Mike Krzyzewski 37–3 12–2 1st NCAA Finalist
1986–87 Mike Krzyzewski 24–9 9–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1987–88 Mike Krzyzewski 28–7 9–5 3rd NCAA Final Four
1988–89 Mike Krzyzewski 28–8 9–5 T-2nd NCAA Final Four
1989–90 Mike Krzyzewski 29–9 9–5 T-2nd NCAA Finalist
1990–91 Mike Krzyzewski 32–7 11–3 1st National Champions
1991–92 Mike Krzyzewski 34–2 14–2 1st National Champions
1992–93 Mike Krzyzewski 24–8 10–6 T-3rd NCAA Round of 32
1993–94 Mike Krzyzewski 28–6 12–4 1st NCAA Finalist
1994–95 Mike Krzyzewski
Pete Gaudet
Mike K. 9–3
Pete G. 4–15
2–14 9th
1995–96 Mike Krzyzewski 18–13 8–8 T-4th NCAA Round of 64
1996–97 Mike Krzyzewski 24–9 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 32
1997–98 Mike Krzyzewski 32–4 15–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1998–99 Mike Krzyzewski 37–2 16–0 1st NCAA Finalist
1999–2000 Mike Krzyzewski 29–5 15–1 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Mike Krzyzewski 35–4 13–3 T-1st National Champions
2001–02 Mike Krzyzewski 31–4 13–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–03 Mike Krzyzewski 26–7 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2003–04 Mike Krzyzewski 31–6 13–3 1st NCAA Final Four
2004–05 Mike Krzyzewski 27–6 11–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2005–06 Mike Krzyzewski 32–4 14–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–07 Mike Krzyzewski 22–11 8–8 T-6th NCAA Round of 64
2007–08 Mike Krzyzewski 28–6 13–3 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2008–09 Mike Krzyzewski 30–7 11–5 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Mike Krzyzewski 35–5 13–3 T-1st National Champions
2010–11 Mike Krzyzewski 32–5 13–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Mike Krzyzewski 27–7 13–3 2nd NCAA Round of 64
2012–13 Mike Krzyzewski 30–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2013–14 Mike Krzyzewski 26–9 13–5 3rd NCAA Round of 64
2014–15 Mike Krzyzewski 35–4 15–3 2nd National Champions
2015–16 Mike Krzyzewski 25–11 11–7 T-5th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2016–17 Mike Krzyzewski 28–9 11–7 5th NCAA Round of 32
2017–18 Mike Krzyzewski 29–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2018–19 Mike Krzyzewski 32–6 14–4 3rd NCAA Elite Eight
2019–20 Mike Krzyzewski 25–6 15–5 T-2nd [a]
2020–21 Mike Krzyzewski 0–0 0–0
Mike Krzyzewski: 1084–291 440–180
Total: 1084–291

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA Tournament seeding historyEdit

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1978 edition.

Years '78 '79
Seeds 1Q 2
Years '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89
Seeds 4 3 3 1 5 2 2
Years '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99
Seeds 3 2 1 3 2 8 2 1 1
Years '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09
Seeds 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 6 2 2
Years '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19
Seeds 1 1 2 2 3 1 4 2 2 1
Years '20
Seeds [a]

National championshipsEdit

Year Coach Opponent Score Record
1991 Mike Krzyzewski Kansas Jayhawks 72–65 32–7
1992 Mike Krzyzewski Michigan Wolverines 71–51 34–2
2001 Mike Krzyzewski Arizona Wildcats 82–72 35–4
2010 Mike Krzyzewski Butler Bulldogs 61–59 35–5
2015 Mike Krzyzewski Wisconsin Badgers 68–63 35–4
National Championships 5
1991 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #15 NE Louisiana 102–73
Round #2 #7 Iowa 85–70
Sweet 16 #11 Connecticut 81–67
Elite 8 #4 St. John's 78–61
Final 4 #1 UNLV 79–77
Championship #3 Kansas 72–65
1992 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Campbell 82–56
Round #2 #9 Iowa 75–62
Sweet 16 #4 Seton Hall 81–69
Elite 8 #2 Kentucky 104–103
Final 4 #2 Indiana 81–78
Championship #6 Michigan 71–51
2001 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Monmouth 95–52
Round #2 #9 Missouri 94–81
Sweet 16 #4 UCLA 76–63
Elite 8 #6 USC 79–69
Final 4 #3 Maryland 95–84
Championship #2 Arizona 82–72
2010 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73–44
Round #2 #8 California 68–53
Sweet 16 #4 Purdue 70–57
Elite 8 #3 Baylor 78–71
Final 4 #2 West Virginia 78–57
Championship #5 Butler 61–59
2015 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round #1 #16 Robert Morris 85–56
Round #2 #8 San Diego St 68–49
Sweet 16 #5 Utah 63–57
Elite 8 #2 Gonzaga 66–52
Final 4 #7 Michigan St 81–61
Championship #1 Wisconsin 68–63

Final Four historyEdit

1963–Third Place 1964–Finalist 1966–Third Place 1978–Finalist
1986–Finalist 1988–Semifinalist 1989–Semifinalist 1990–Finalist
1991–Champion 1992–Champion 1994–Finalist 1999–Finalist
2001–Champion 2004–Semifinalist 2010–Champion 2015–Champion

Complete NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Blue Devils have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 43 times. Their combined record is 114–38.

NIT resultsEdit

The Blue Devils have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Their combined record is 5–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1967 Quarterfinals Southern Illinois L 63–72
1968 First Round
Quarterfinals
Oklahoma City
Saint Peter's
W 97–81
L 71–100
1970 First Round Utah L 75–78
1971 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Dayton
Tennessee
North Carolina
St. Bonaventure
W 68–60
W 78–64
L 69–73
L 88–92
1981 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
North Carolina A&T
Alabama
Purdue
W 79–69
W 75–70
L 69–81

Key statisticsEdit

As of the 2017–18 season, the Blue Devils' program record is as follows.[22]

Overall
Years of basketball 110
First season 1905–06
Head coaches (all-time) 19
All Games
All-time record 2062–853 (.707)
Home record 935–189 (.832)
20+ win seasons 47
30+ win seasons 14
Conference Games
Conference Record 770–370 (.765)
Conference Regular Season Championships 22
Conference Tournament Championships 25
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Appearances 41
NCAA Tournament wins 105
Sweet Sixteens 28
Elite Eights 20
Final Fours 16
Championship Games 11
Championships 5
As of 4 June 2015

Cameron Indoor StadiumEdit

 
Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the Blue Devils

Cameron Indoor Stadium was completed on January 6, 1940, having cost $400,000. At the time, it was the largest gymnasium in the country south of the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally called Duke Indoor Stadium, it was renamed for Coach Cameron on January 22, 1972.[23] The building originally included seating for 8,800, though standing room was sufficient to ensure that 12,000 could fit in on a particularly busy day. Then, as now, Duke students were allowed a large chunk of the seats, including those directly alongside the court. Renovations in 1987–1988 removed the standing room areas and added seats, bringing capacity to 9,314...

Duke's men's basketball teams have had a decided home-court advantage for many years, thanks to the diehard students known as the Cameron Crazies.[24] The hardwood floor has been dedicated and renamed Coach K Court in honor of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and the tent city outside Cameron where students camp out before big games is known as Krzyzewskiville. In 1999, Sports Illustrated ranked Cameron the fourth best venue in all of professional and college sports,[25] and USA Today referred to it as "the toughest road game in the nation".[26]

Duke had not lost a non-conference game at Cameron from 2000 until 2019, when SFASU beat Duke in overtime (85–83). Duke maintains a tradition of hosting the previous season's Division II national champion in an exhibition game each November.

Player awardsEdit

National Players of the Year

  • Dick Groat Helms, UPI
  • Art Heyman AP, UPI, U.S. Basketball Writers
  • Johnny Dawkins Naismith
  • Danny Ferry Naismith, UPI, U.S. Basketball Writers
  • Christian Laettner AP, Basketball Times, NABC, Naismith, Rupp, U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden
  • Elton Brand AP, NABC, Naismith, Rupp, U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden, Sporting News
  • Shane Battier AP, Basketball Times, Naismith, Rupp, U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden, Sporting News
  • Jason Williams AP, Basketball Times, NABC (2), Naismith, Rupp, U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden, Sporting News[27]
  • JJ Redick AP, Basketball Times, NABC, Naismith, Rupp (2), U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden, Sporting News[28]
  • Zion Williamson AP, NABC, Naismith, Sporting News, U.S. Basketball Writers, Wooden[29]

ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year

 
Nolan Smith was the ACC Player of the Year in 2011.
 
Zion Williamson was named ACC Player of the Year in 2019.

ACC Rookies of the Year

 
Kyle Singler was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2008.

National Defensive Player of the Year

ACC Defensive Player of the Year (since 2005)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

McDonald's All-AmericansEdit

The following 78 McDonald's All-Americans have signed and played for Duke.[42]

 
Jahlil Okafor from 2014 Game
 
Brandon Ingram 2015 McDonald's All-American
 
Jayson Tatum 2016 McDonald's All-American

Blue Devils in the NBAEdit

As of March 2020, these former Blue Devils players are currently in the NBA:


  • Semi Ojeleye – Boston Celtics[43] (did not finish college career at Duke; transferred to SMU)

RivalriesEdit

The Duke–North Carolina rivalry is often ranked among the top rivalries in both college basketball and all North American sports. The Duke Blue Devils face the North Carolina Tar Heels twice each year during ACC play, with thousands of Duke undergraduate students participating in an annual tradition of camping out in Krzyzewskiville, a lawn in front of Cameron Indoor Stadium, for months to line up for admission into the rivalry game. The two teams always face each other for their last game of the regular season, with the home team hosting their Senior Night. Some years, the two teams meet for a third game in the ACC Tournament.

The two programs have combined for 11 national championships, with North Carolina leading Duke 6–5. The intensity of the rivalry is augmented by the proximity of the two universities, located only ten miles apart along U.S. Highway 15–501 (also known as Tobacco Road) or eight miles apart in straight-line distance in the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill.[66][67] In addition, Duke is a private university whereas North Carolina is a public school; the vastly different funding structures and cultures between the two further contribute to the intensity of the rivalry.[68]

Former Esquire editor and author (and North Carolina graduate) Will Blythe argues that the rivalry's passion can be attributed greatly to class and culture in the South.

To legions of otherwise reasonable adults, it is a conflict that surpasses sports; it is locals against outsiders, elitists against populists, even good against evil… The rivalry may be a way of aligning oneself with larger philosophic ideals — of choosing teams in life — a tradition of partisanship that reveals the pleasures and even the necessity of hatred.[69]

 
The March 4, 2006 game was the most watched college basketball game in ESPN history.

The rivalry has been the subject of various books and articles, including To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever by Blythe and Blue Blood by Art Chansky.[70]

Further illustrating the intensity of the rivalry, U.S. Representative Brad Miller, a die-hard Carolina fan, told an Associated Press writer in 2012, "I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban, then I'd have to pull for the Taliban."[71]

However, also due to the close proximity of the two schools, there is respect and collaboration within the rivalry. Inspired by the men's basketball teams, twenty-four students from the two schools got together from January 14–16, 2006 in order to attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous game of basketball ever recorded. The game set a new world record at 57 hours, 17 minutes and 41 seconds with Duke winning the game 3699–3444. All $60,000 raised from the marathon benefited the Hoop Dreams Basketball Academy, an organization which helps children with life-threatening illnesses develop successful life skills through basketball.[72]

Beyond athletics, the school papers have also engaged in the rivalry. As a tradition, one day prior to a Duke-Carolina basketball game, The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper, publishes a spoof cover page for the day's edition with the title The Daily Tar Hole. Contained within are fake news stories poking fun at The Daily Tar Heel and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Daily Tar Heel typically publishes former columnist Ian Williams' "Insider's guide to hating Duke" for the two basketball match-ups each year. There is a longstanding agreement that if Duke wins the first matchup, The Daily Tar Heel's masthead is printed in Duke blue, and if Carolina wins the first matchup, The Chronicle's masthead is painted Carolina blue. The losing school's paper also has to put the other school's logo in a conspicuous location and claim that the winning school is "still the best."[73]

The Michigan Wolverines and the Maryland Terrapins basketball teams have also claimed rivalries against the Blue Devils, but Duke has long rejected both claims and considers North Carolina to be its only rival.[74][75]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ACC tournament was cancelled after the second round and the 2020 NCAA tournament was cancelled entirely.
  2. ^ a b c d e From 2011 to 2015, the round of 64 was known as the Second Round and the round of 32 was known as the Third Round.

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