A Look Back At Some Great Moments In The Duke-UNC Rivalry And Major Talking Points

The Duke-UNC rivalry holds many memories for both sides, but if we had to pick a favorite, the Austin Rivers game would be difficult to beat.

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Duke trailed by 13 in the second half, but UNC couldn’t put the Blue Devils away, and they began to chip away late.

There was certainly serendipity involved, particularly when Tyler Zeller tipped a shot into Duke’s hoop by mistake. With 2:09 remaining, UNC led by 10 points, 82-72. Tyler Thornton then made a three-pointer to trim the lead to seven. Mason Plume followed that, and Seth Curry hit a deep three, bringing the game within four points.

Harrison Barnes charged, and Ryan Kelly missed a shot before getting his own rebound and swishing the follow-up.

Then he blasted an off-target perimeter shot, which Zeller tipped in.

Nobody remembers the details. We all remember how Duke received the ball, and Rivers took it downcourt and rocked Tyler Zeller back and forth until the big Tar Heel was off balance.

He went up, drained a three-pointer, and watched it fall through the net as the clock expired, giving Duke an incredible 85-84 victory.

His colleagues pursued him until they grabbed him, and then the dog pile began, involving his future brother-in-law Seth Curry.

Only the Laettner shot against Kentucky in 1992 ranks higher among Duke game winners. That is how fantastic it was.

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