Duke vs. North Carolina Game Notes

RJ Barrett

Photo: Chris Summerville


  • Who: No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels (25-5) vs. No. 4 Duke Blue Devils (26-4)
  • When: March 9 at 6pm
  • Where: Dean Smith Center / Chapel Hill, NC


  • TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman/Jay Bilas/Maria Taylor)
  • WatchESPN
  • Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
  • National Radio: Compass Media (Gregg Daniels/ Rick Mahorn)
  • Sirius/XM: 81 / 81 (Duke broadcast)


  • Overall: 250th meeting; North Carolina leads, 138-111
  • In Durham: Duke leads, 54-49
  • In Chapel Hill: UNC leads, 62-36 (UNC, 18-15 at Smith Center)
  • At neutral sites: North Carolina leads, 27-21
  • Current streak: North Carolina, W2
  • Coach K vs. North Carolina: 46-43


  • No. 4 Duke caps the regular-season Saturday night in Chapel Hill with a top-five showdown at No. 3 North Carolina.
  • The teams are meeting as AP top five opponents for the 12th time in the rivalry — five more than any other matchup in college basketball history.
  • The Blue Devils can clinch a share of their 20th ACC regular-season title with a win over the Tar Heels and a Virginia loss. That would also secure the No. 1-seed in the ACC Tournament.
  • The last 100 games of the Duke-Carolina rivalry are split 50-50, while the last 10 games are even at 5-5. The teams have split the 46 all-time AP top 10 matchups, 23-23.
    Freshman R.J. Barrett, who broke Duke’s single-season freshman scoring record with 698 points, is 23 points shy of tying the ACC freshman scoring record held by Georgia Tech’s
  • Kenny Anderson (721 points in 1989-90).
  • Barrett leads the ACC in scoring at 23.3 points per game and is the league’s only player to score in double figures every game this season. He is averaging an NCAA-best 27.1 points in games against AP top 10 teams.
  • Of Tre Jones’ 27 primary defensive assignments this season, the National Defensive Player of the Year finalist has held 20 below their season average for field goal
    percentage, and 18 below their season average for points.
  • Duke leads the NCAA in blocked shots (7.0), is the only team nationally with 200 blocks (209), and is on pace to set both the program and ACC record of 245 blocked shots (1998-99).
  • Freshman RJ Barrett (23.3 ppg) is the only major conference player to score 13 or more points in every game this season.

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