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Behind the Arc

Published 10:22am Monday, March 7, 2011

With the recent basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Duke University, it got me to thinking about the storied history of both of these dominant basketball programs and I wanted to share some of their respective statistics and records.

Here are some of the things I found in my research:

  • UNC plays in the Dean E. Smith Center which opened in 1986 and holds a crowd of 21,750.
  • Duke plays in Cameron Indoor Stadium which opened in 1940 and holds a crowd of 12,000.
  • Their first meeting was January 24, 1920, which was won by UNC 36 – 25
  • The largest victory for both teams were: UNC: 37 points (1921) Duke: 35 points (1964)
  • UNC leads the All-Time series 131-100.
  • UNC has 28 (1st Overall) ACC Regular Season Championships and Duke has 19 (2nd Overall)
  • Duke has 18 (1st Overall) ACC Tournament Championships and UNC has 17 (2nd Overall)
  • UNC has 18 (1st all-time) NCAA Final Four appearances and Duke has 15 (3rd all-time).
  • UNC has 5 (tied for 3rd all-time) NCAA Tournament Championships and Duke has 4 (5th all-time)
  • UNC has produced 39 first-round picks in its history, more than any other ACC school.
  • Duke has retired 13 jerseys in their program. (They include: Dick Groat, Mike Gminski, Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Art Heyman, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Jeff Mullins, Shane Battier, Jason Williams, Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick)
  • UNC has retired 8 jerseys in their program. (They include: Jack Cobb, George Glamack, Lennie Rosenbluth, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough)
  • UNC has had 10 National Players of the Year. (They include: Jack Cobb, George Glamack, Lennie Rosenbluth, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Kenny Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough)
  • Duke has had 9 National Players of the Year. (Dick Groat, Art Heyman, Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Jason Williams and J.J. Redick)
  • UNC has had 61 McDonald’s All-Americans play for the program since 1977. (J.R. Reid (’86), Jerry Stackhouse (’93), Ronald Curry (’98) and Harrison Barnes (’10) are MVP’s of the game.)
    Duke has had 49 McDonald’s All-Americans play for the program since 1977. (Bobby Hurley (’89), J.J. Redick (’02) and Josh McRoberts (’05) are MVP’s of the game.

Patrick Bryant is the Multimedia Manager for Roanoke-Chowan Publications. He can be reached via email at patrick.bryant@r-cnews.com.

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