The Duke-UNC basketball rivalry is one of the best in sports, but how have the Blue Devils and Tar Heels fared against one another all time?
When you talk about the greatest rivalries in sports, the Duke-UNC basketball rivalry is always near the top of the list. Separated by just a few miles in the piedmont of North Carolina, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have met over 250 times over the course of over 100 years.
On Saturday, a big chapter in the rivalry closes as legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will have his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and his final regular-season date with the Tar Heels.
As that time has come, it’s worth looking to see what the record has been in this vaunted college basketball rivalry.
Duke basketball record vs. UNC
Despite the prestige of the program, particularly since Coach K took over the Blue Devils, it might surprise some people to learn that they actually trail the Tar Heels in terms of the all-time record between the two teams.
Duke has a 115-141 record against North Carolina in the history of the rivalry. However, it should be noted that it has been much more even in modern history as the Heels dominated in the early years of the two schools playing one another, winning 16 straight from 1921-28.
Their biggest win actually came back in 1964 when the Blue Devils topped their rivals by a wild 35 points.
UNC basketball record vs. Duke
As the inverse, it doesn’t take a genius to decipher the fact that UNC has an all-time record of 141-115 against their biggest rivals, giving them the historical edge.
The aforementioned 16-game win streak the Tar Heels had in the 1920s is the longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry, but North Carolina also holds the largest victory of all time, which came during that span as they won by 37 points in 1921.
Coach K record vs. UNC at Duke
While UNC may have the edge over the 100+ years the two programs have been playing one another, Coach K changed the game. Since he took over the program, he has a 50-46 record against the Tar Heels for his career coaching the Blue Devils.
He would certainly love to end that at 51-46 with a win in his final regular season game against the Heels.
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