The latest chapter of Duke-North Carolina will be played in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament Friday, a rivalry that has pit some of the best players against each other. But with names like MJ, Redick, Hansbrough and Battier going head-to-head, who has had the best individual performance?
We've poured through every box score since the Coach K era began in 1980, with special emphasis placed on games where both teams were highly ranked.
Here are our rankings of the Top 20.
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No. 10 North Carolina 78, Duke 76 (Dec. 5, 1980)
This marked the first Duke-UNC matchup of the Coach K era. It was played in an in-season tournament called “The Big Four” in Greensboro, where James Worthy (not yet “Big Game James”) dropped 26 points with nine rebounds in a 78-76 win.
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No. 4 Duke 92, North Carolina 90 (OT) (Feb. 18, 2015)
A few months before he became known as “Tyus Stones” in the NCAA tournament, Tyus Jones put together one of the most complete performances in series history at Cameron Indoor Arena. Jones finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, as Duke won in overtime. Jones had a stat line of 24-6-7 the next time the teams met in Chapel Hill.
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North Carolina 82, No. 10 Duke 79 (March 9, 2003)
By 2003 the Tar Heels had recovered from an 8-20 record a season the year before, thanks to a freshman class that would eventually lead them to the 2005 national championship. Freshman guard Raymond Felton put up 18 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in a narrow win in Chapel Hill. It broke a six-game losing streak to the Blue Devils.
No. 12 Duke 80, UNC 73 (Jan. 29, 1997)
A seven-game losing streak to North Carolina was snapped, thanks to 28 points from Duke guard Trajan Langdon. That included seven 3-pointers.
No. 2 North Carolina 97, No. 1 Duke 73 (Feb. 5, 1998)
A year after going for 33 and 11 against Duke in the Dean Dome, Antawn Jamison one-upped himself when the teams metin '98. He went for 35 and 11, in a 24-point win. At the time, it was the biggest margin of victory in this rivalry.
No. 4 Duke 93, No. 14 North Carolina 81 (March 8, 2014)
In what would end up as the final home game of his Duke career, Jabari Parker scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels in Durham.
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No. 1 North Carolina 83, No. 6 Duke 69 (March 7, 1993)
The Tar Heels had ascended to No. 1 for the first time in six years prior to the game, and toppled the Blue Devils on Senior Night in Chapel Hill. The game was marked by a 27-point performance (on five 3-pointers) from guard Donald Williams, who would tally 27 points on five 3-pointers against Michigan in the national championship game a few weeks later.
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No. 1 Duke 89, No. 16 North Carolina 77 (March 8, 1992)
Christian Laettner closed out his senior year, tallying 26 points (including five 3-pointers), eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his final home game in Durham. A few weeks later the Blue Devils would go on to win their second straight national championship.
No. 4 Duke 90, North Carolina 76 (March 4, 2000)
In what was a sign of things to come, the Tar Heels were unranked by the end of year one of the Matt Doherty era, and the Blue Devils took full advantage. Shane Battier tallied 30 points (with six 3-pointers) in a rout at Cameron. A few week earlier in a win Battier had tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 2 Duke 95, No. 4 North Carolina 81 (March 3, 2001)
Jason Williams (who now goes by “Jay Williams”) went for 32 points in a loss earlier in the year against North Carolina, but bounced back when the teams met in Durham. He tallied 33 points (includeing seven 3-pointers) and nine assists in the victory. Duke wouldn’t lose the rest of the year, claiming the third national championship of the Krzyzewski era.
No. 8 North Carolina 86, No. 72 Duke (March 4, 2007)
Tyler Hansbrough might have had better games against Duke, but this was the most memorable one. The then-sophomore forward finished 26 points and 17 rebounds. He also finished with a bloody nose after taking an elbow to the face from Gerald Henderson in the win.
No. 5 Duke 79, No. 20 North Carolina 73 (Feb. 9, 2011)
Nolan Smith didn’t just have a game to remember against the Tar Heels, but a season to remember in 2011. With star freshman Kyrie Irving on the sidelines, Smith stepped up in all three meetings against the Tar Heels. In their first matchup on Feb. 9, he tallied 34 points and three assists in a victory. He added a 30-point game later that season against Carolina, and then a 20-point, 10-assist effort in that year’s ACC title game.
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No. 4 North Carolina 83, No. 1 Duke 68 (March 8, 1998)
Jamison’s groin was all the talk entering the ACC final that same year – no, seriously – but if it bothered him, nobody knew. Jamison tallied 22 points and 18 rebounds to give the Tar Heels their second straight ACC Tournament title.
No. 2 Duke 93, No. 6 North Carolina 77 (Jan. 19, 1985)
After serving as North Carolina’s whipping boys the first few years of the Coach K era, the tide turned in the 1985 season thanks to All-American Johnny Dawkins. He tallied 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win. The victory snapped an 18-game losing streak to North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
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No. 8 North Carolina, No. 17 Duke (March 5, 2016)
In their first meeting of the 2016 season, Brice Johnson went for 29 points and 19 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Tar Heels lost in Chapel Hill. However Johnson was arguably better the second time around with 18 points and 21 rebounds, as the Tar Heels pulled off the victory at Cameron Indoor Arena.
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No. 2 Duke 87, No. 23 North Carolina 83 (February 7, 2006)
J.J. Redick made the final trip of his career to the Dean Dome count, tallying 35 points (including five 3-pointers) in the victory. In a cruel twist of fate, a freshman named Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to upset Duke a few weeks later, and ruin Redick’s Senior Night at Cameron Indoor Arena.
No. 2 North Carolina 102, Duke 100 (2OT) (February 2, 1995)
Michael Jordan had other big games against Duke (he had 19 in his debut against the Blue Devils in 1982), but this was undoubtedly his best, as the GOAT dropped 32 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in Chapel Hill. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, the performance is available online.
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No. 3 Duke 93, North Carolina 68 (March 3, 2002)
As good as Williams was in March 2002, he was better a year later. In the final game of his career at Cameron Indoor Arena, Williams scored 12 of the team’s first 20 points and 37 for the game – including eight 3-pointers – in a dominant victory. The Tar Heels would finish 8-20, their first losing season since 1962.
No. 2 North Carolina 75, No. 6 Duke 73 (March 6, 2005)
During the 2005 season Sean May had a couple epic games against Duke. In the first, he tallied 23 points and 18 boards but the Tar Heels couldn’t hold on in Durham. However they got their revenge a month later with May playing better –- tallying 26 points and 24 boards -– as the Tar Heels rallied from nine points down in the final three minutes to victory. North Carolina would win the fourth national championship in school history a few weeks later.