THE OPENING TIP
- In the 101st anniversary season of the first Duke vs. North Carolina game, the historic rivals meet for the 254th time on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- The game tips at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas on the call. On the radio, David Shumate and John Roth have the call on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield IMG College (96.5FM & 610AM in Durham).
- The Blue Devils have won three straight in the rivalry, are 55-49 versus the Tar Heels in Durham, 46-37 at Cameron Indoor and 51-49 over the last 100 all-time meetings in the series.
- Saturday’s game snaps an NCAA-record streak of 153 consecutive games in the series being played with at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25. The last time neither Duke nor UNC were ranked for this game happened in the 1960 season.
- The Blue Devils have used eight different starting lineups through 13 games with only sophomore Matthew Hurt starting all 13.
- Hurt is the ACC’s second-leading scorer overall (18.8) and second in conference play (18.8). He is also fourth in field goal percentage (.532), eighth in most made three-pointers (2.2) and ninth in rebounding (7.5) — the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 in each.
- Hurt has scored 12+ points, shot .400+ from the field, made 4+ field goals and played 29+ minutes in every game this season.
- DJ Steward is the ACC’s leading freshman scorer at 13.5 points, which is ranked 20th in the conference. In ACC games, Steward is averaging 14.2 points, which ranks 14th and leads all freshmen.
- A Blue Devil has been the ACC’s leading freshman scorer in six of the last seven seasons.
- Senior Jordan Goldwire leads the ACC in assist/turnover ratio this season (+2.67), while ranking second in steals (2.4) and eighth in assists (3.7).
- Goldwire has 2+ steals in 12 of 13 games this season and his 12 multi-steal games are sixth-most nationally and lead all power conference players.
- Duke and Carolina are ranked fourth and third, respectively, all-time in most college basketball wins, while head coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams are first and fifth, respectively, in most D-I coaching wins.
DUKE VS. NORTH CAROLINA
The 2020-21 season marks the 101st anniversary of the first Duke-North Carolina game, which was played January 24, 1920 — a 36-25 UNC win in Durham … Saturday’s game in Durham is the 254th all-time meeting, with North Carolina leading the series, 139-114 … Duke has won three straight overall, on the heels of a Heels’ three-game winning streak … In Durham, Duke leads 55-49, including 46-37 at Cameron Indoor, where Duke has won six of the last eight at home … Duke is 49-44 versus Carolina under Mike Krzyzewski … Over the last 100 games in the series, Duke leads 51-49 … Saturday’s game snaps an NCAA-record streak of 153 consecutive games in the series being played with at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25 … The last time neither Duke nor UNC were ranked for this game was Feb. 27, 1960 … Each of Duke’s last 10 leading scorers in the rivalry are now on NBA rosters.
RECAPPING LAST YEAR’S DUKE-UNC GAMES
Duke swept last year’s two meetings with North Carolina, winning 98-96 in an overtime thriller at the Smith Center on Feb. 8 and claiming an 89-76 victory at Cameron Indoor on March 7 … It marked Duke’s 17th regular-season sweep of UNC in the ACC era (since 1953-54), and its first since 2015 … That game on March 7 would prove to be Duke’s final game of the 2019-20 season as the ACC Tournament and the entire NCAA Tournament were erased by the COVID-19 pandemic … In the thriller in Chapel Hill on Feb. 8, Duke trailed by 13 with 3:55 left in regulation and by five with 20 seconds remaining in overtime before prevailing in overtime … Tre Jones hit a running jumper at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime, and freshman Wendell Moore Jr.’s tip in at the buzzer was the game winner in the extra period as the Blue Devils won for the fifth time in the last nine visits to Chapel Hill … Jones scored a game-high 28 points — 22 in the second half, including a string of 15 consecutive Duke points to end regulation and start overtime … It was the 14th Duke-Carolina game to be decided in overtime, with Duke winning 10 of them … Moore recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds … Duke led wire-to-wire in the season finale at Cameron Indoor, paced by four in double-figures, including 25 points from Vernon Carey Jr., and 21 from Jones.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina is 11-6 overall and 6-4 in ACC play, having won six of its last eight entering Saturday’s game … Sophomore Armando Bacot leads a balanced Heels’ offense at 11.9 points while shooting .650 from the field. He is the only UNC player to start all 17 games … Five Tar Heels are averaging better than eight points per game, and seven are averaging better than six points … Freshman Day’Ron Sharpe averages 9.6 points and is fourth in the ACC in rebounding (7.7) … Carolina leads the ACC in rebounds per game (42.8) and rebound margin (+11.24), with Sharpe, Bacot (7.5) and senior Garrison Brooks (7.2) all among the ACC’s 12 leading rebounders.
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 19-13 all-time when playing on February 6, including an 8-4 record in home games … Duke is 8-8 in ACC games on this date … Duke is 4-1 versus North Carolina on this date, with all four wins coming in Chapel Hill — 36-34 in 1936, 51-39 in 1943, 95-89 in 1953 and 89-78 in 2008 … Carolina won, 89-80, in Cameron Indoor in 1959.
Making a case for ACC Player of the Year, but also the conference’s Most Improved Player, sophomore Matthew Hurt is the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 for scoring (18.8, second), field goal percentage (.532, fourth), rebounding (7.5, ninth) and three-point field goals (2.2, eighth) … Of all returning ACC players, his points per game improvement of +9.11 from last season (9.74 to 18.85) is third-best in the league … The sophomore has also improved his field goal shooting (.487 to .532), his three-point accuracy (.393 to .420), added nearly four rebounds per game on average (3.8 to 7.5) and playing 13 more minutes per contest (20.6 to 33.5) … He’s also making more than double the amount of field goals per game, and nearly one more three-pointer per game than last year.
STEWARD LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN ACC SCORING
Freshman DJ Steward, already twice named ACC Freshman of the Week this season, is Duke’s second leading scorer at 13.5 points, which ranks 20th in the ACC … Steward is the ACC’s leading freshman scorer, looking to become the seventh Blue Devil in the last eight years to lead ACC freshmen in scoring … He is 14th in conference-only scoring (14.2) and fourth in conference-only free throw percentage (.852) … The Chicago native posted a 19-point, five-rebound, three-assist effort against Georgia Tech, with his ACC career-high of 21 coming in the win over Wake Forest … Steward has hit at least one three-pointer in 10 consecutive games … He has scored in double figures 10 times this season, in four consecutive games and in nine of the last 10 games.
SENIOR STEPPING UP
Senior Jordan Goldwire is the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 for assist/turnover ratio (+2.67, first), steals (2.4, second) and assists (3.7, eighth) … He is 15th nationally in steals per game … The Norcross, Ga., native has 2+ steals in 12 of 13 games this season and his 12 multi-steal games are sixth-most nationally and lead all power conference players … Only Georgia Tech senior Jose Alvarado (95) and Boston College senior Steffon Mitchell (83) have more steals over the last two seasons than Goldwire’s 78 … His career-high five steals came against Winthrop last year and he has recorded four steals twice this season (Illinois, Virginia Tech) … When Goldwire leads Duke in assists, the Blue Devils are 5-1 this season and 11-2 in his career.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 913-165 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 555-70 (.888) under Coach K … Duke is 255-59 (.812) in ACC regular-season games at Cameron Indoor in the Coach K era … Duke has won more games at its current home venue than any team in college basketball … Now in its 82nd season as the home of the Blue Devils, Duke has averaged 11.1 wins since the venue opened January 6, 1940 — a 36-27 win over Princeton … The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K.