It’s no secret that the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels don’t like each other very much. It’s been like that for damn near a century now. Ever since the two schools played their very first game way back on January 24, 1920 and UNC walked away with a 36-25 victory, the two universities have been at odds. And, we don’t see it changing anytime soon. Because the Duke and UNC campuses are only separated by one short stretch of U.S. Route 15-501—better known as “Tobacco Road”—this rivalry will never, ever get played out. Next to the Yankees and Red Sox, Lakers and Celtics, and Ohio State and Michigan, Duke and UNC was, is, and always will be one of the most intense rivalries in American sports.
That rivalry will continue today when Duke and UNC meet for the 236th time at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC leads the all-time series 132-103). So, to get you ready for the game, we took a look back at some of their most epic matchups to find The 25 Most Badass Moments in the History of the Duke vs. UNC Rivalry. From buzzer beaters to broken noses, we’ve got you covered, no matter which shade of blue you bleed.