Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels


A one-of-a-kind sports rivalry. A college men’s basketball energizing encounter since 24th January 1920: Duke Blue Devils versus North Carolina Tar Heels.

A meeting that has a wider involvement than the game itself. The vision, the passion, the fans. The history.

A rivalry strengthen by the latter’s proximity: Both arenas are located in the same street – Tobacco Road. Duke, a private university. North Carolina, publicly school.

Nevertheless, the overall record contrast the last disparity mentioned: 135-110 favoring North Carolina.

Moreover, the competitiveness between the two college programs are elite leveled. Head-to-head to reach the top-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the National Championships. Since 1920 January 24th both teams have met, at least, twice a year.

The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils combine for 49 ACC titles (77.7% among the total). 59.4% of the National Titles – 38 tournament titles in total.

Victorious, recruiting-masterminds and well-recognized brands in sports. North Carolina and Duke are both ranked in the top 5 as winningest teams in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball.

Rank College Seasons Win%
1 Kentucky 114 765
2 Kansas 118 725
3 North Carolina 106 739
4 Duke 111 708
5 Temple 121 642
Duke Blue Devils North Carolina Tar Heels
National Titles           5               6
Final Four appearances          16              20
Current NBA Players prior to 2017-2018 season 15 11


The light Tar Heels blue Jersey– with the alumni and Premium-Brand as the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time – Jordan – against the dark Nike Blue (Devils).

Jerseys worned by several NBA Hall of Famers.

Nevertheless, the rivalry rose back in the early 1980s – with the growth of cable channels, as ESPN for instance. Dean Smith versus Mike Krzyzewski – Elite coaches. Hence, with the retirement of Mr. Smith, the alumnus Roy Williams took the place to maintain the historical encounter.

As a matter of fact, on the 4th March 2006 – Duke vs North Carolina | Senior Night |Honor the National Player of the Year and all-time ACC leading scorer: J.J. Redick – is still the most watch college Basketball game aired on ESPN.

The rivalry is real. There are Duke students lining-up – in tents – for tickets one or two months prior to the latter intense game outside the Cameron Indoor Stadium. The tension, the pressure and the excitement start when the schedule for the season is set.

Tradition. Elite. Intensity.

These are the three main contents of the Duke vs North Carolina rivalry recipe.