UNC-Duke rivalry by the numbers

BY foxsports • March 3, 2012

No. 6 North Carolina and No. 3 Duke will battle once again Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham in a rematch of their epic game played on Feb. 8 in Chapel Hill. The ACC regular season championship and a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament are also at stake.

It will be the 234th meeting between the arch rivals. Carolina leads the series 131-102, but the statistic that puts the incredible depth of this series in perspective is that in the last 76 meetings versus each other, Duke has scored 5,943 points while Carolina has scored 5,941.

The following are some interesting numbers that mark one of the greatest rivalries in American sports:

•   Saturday's game marks the 33rd time in their last 66 meetings that both UNC and Duke are ranked among the top 10 of the Associated Press poll.

•   Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is 37-36 all-time versus UNC.

•   Roy Williams is 8-10 versus Duke since becoming UNC's head coach in 2003.

•   UNC has won four of the last six games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

•   UNC has won seven of the last 13 meetings between the teams, but Duke has won five of the last six.

•   Saturday's game will be the 134th straight in which one team is nationally ranked, which dates back to 1960. Amazingly, at least one of the teams has been in the top 10 in 122 of those games.  

•   Since 1977, UNC and Duke have each reached 12 Final Fours and combined to play in 15 national championship games, winning eight titles. They have yet to face each other in the NCAA Tournament, though, and only once advanced to the Final Four in the same season (1991).

•   Either UNC or Duke has played in the Final Four 22 times in the last 31 years, including 18 of the last 24 Final Fours.

•   Mike Krzyzewski has been to 11 Final Fours and won four national championships.

•   Roy Williams has been to seven Final Fours and won two national championships.

•   UNC is averaging 82.1 points per game while Duke is averaging 79.

•   UNC averages 45.8 rebounds per contest while Duke averages 37.1.

•   UNC averages 17.6 assists per outing while Duke averages 12.7.

•   Duke averages converting 46.5 percent of its field goal attempts while UNC is at 45.9 percent.

•   Duke is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range while UNC is making 34.5 percent of its treys.

•   UNC's scoring margin is +16 while Duke's is +10.5.

•   Duke is shooting 69.8 percent from the free throw line while UNC is at 67.5 percent.

•   UNC is second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense, as opponents are converting just 38.6 percent. Duke is 10th in the ACC at 43.3 percent.

•   Duke is fourth in 3-point defense at 31.3 percent while UNC is fifth at 31.4 percent.

•   Duke has been ranked in the top 10 for 91 consecutive weeks.

•    UNC has played for a national title in each full decade since the NCAA Tournament began in 1939.

•   Carolina has more Final Four appearances (18) than any other school and more NCAA Tournament wins (105).

•   Nine Naismith Hall of Famers have come from UNC while three have come from Duke.