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Joe Boozell | | March 4, 2018

Duke goes wild in second half to top UNC

Duke's Krzyzewski vs UNC's Williams

North Carolina led Duke by 10 at halftime, but the Blue Devils outscored the Tar Heels by 20 in the second half to win their final game of the regular season by a score of 74-64.

Marvin Bagley III ignited the Duke comeback. The freshman sensation scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Grayson Allen chipped in 15 in the final home game of his career.

Cameron Johnson led the Tar Heels with 16 points, but UNC shot just 37 percent from the field. Take a look at our play-by-play recap below.

Duke and North Carolina will square off on Saturday night in another edition of perhaps the best rivalry in sports.

Here’s what the rivalry has looked like since Williams arrived in Chapel Hill.


  • Duke and North Carolina have faced each other 31 times since 2003-04. The Blue Devils are 18-13 against the Tar Heels in that span.

  • The longest winning streak during that stretch is four – Duke won every matchup between March 8, 2014 and Feb. 17, 2016.

  • Since 2003-04, Duke and North Carolina have competed at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Dean Smith Center and the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils hold the edge at all three venues – they’re 8-7 at the Dean Dome, 8-6 at Cameron and 2-0 in the ACC Tournament.

  • Duke has outscored North Carolina by a total of 36 points in those matchups – 2,405 to 2,369 – which is an average of 1.16 points per game.

  • North Carolina’s 2005 recruiting class – featuring Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Marcus Ginyard – has had the most success against Duke in this time period. The group went 6-2 against Duke in four years.

  • Six of the 31 matchups have been decided by two points or less. Duke is 5-1 in those games.

  • The last nine Duke-North Carolina matchups have been decided by 10 points or fewer. In total, 22 of the 31 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer. The largest margin of victory was 32, when Duke blew out UNC in 2010.

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That’s the head-to-head story. Now, let’s take a look at how the programs have fared as a whole since Williams’ arrival.

  • North Carolina has three national championships (2005, 2009, 2017) to Duke’s two (2010, 2015).


  • North Carolina has five Final Four appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017) to Duke’s three (2004, 2010, 2015).

  • The Tar Heels have dominated the ACC in Williams’ tenure – he’s won the regular season title eight times to Krzyzewski’s three since 2004.

  • But Coach K edges Williams in total wins since 2003-04 – Duke has 432 in that span; North Carolina has 420.

  • Duke has made the NCAA tournament every year of this stretch. UNC missed it once (2010).  

Both fan bases have reasons to be proud. Duke has outperformed North Carolina when the two have shared the court, but overall, the Tar Heels have accomplished more over the last 15 years.


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