The schools competed in 23 sports and divided 26 total points. Two points were awarded for the season series winner in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, respectively. One point was awarded to the season series winner of the remaining 20 sports in the competition. Points were awarded to the school that won more head-to-head meetings or had a higher Atlantic Coast Conference finish (in cross country, golf, rowing and track).
The Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils in baseball (three games to none), women's basketball (three games to none), football, women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's tennis (two games to none), men's and women's track and field, wrestling and volleyball (two games to none).
Duke claimed points outright in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, fencing, men's lacrosse (two games to none), women's lacrosse (two games to one), men's soccer and rowing.
The schools split head-to-head meetings and the points in men's basketball, field hockey and men's tennis.
Duke won the 2003-04 Cup, 14-12, but Carolina earned eight points this year from sports that had lost the year before. Duke swung just two points back from the Tar Heels.
Carolina earned points this year from men's basketball (split two points with Duke), football (two points), field hockey (split one point), men's tennis (split one point), women's tennis (one point) and wrestling (one point). None of those sports scored Carlyle Cup points for Carolina in 2003-04.
Duke had reversals this year in men's lacrosse and men's soccer. The same school won all the remaining sports for at least the second year in a row.
Men's basketball center Sean May and women's basketball point guard Ivory Latta are the co-recipients of the TAG Heuer Trophy as Carolina's Most Outstanding Performers against the Blue Devils.
May had 26 points and 24 rebounds in the 75-73 win over Duke on March 6. Carolina clinched the outright ACC regular-season championship with that win. The 24 rebounds are the most ever by a Tar Heel against Duke. Earlier in the year at Duke, May excelled with 23 points, 18 rebounds and two blocked shots. He averaged 24.5 points and 21.0 rebounds and shot 18 for 33 from the field in the two games (54.5 percent).
Latta averaged 20.7 points in sweeping three games from the Blue Devils, including a 56-51 win in the Smith Center over then No. 1 ranked Duke. Latta also had 26 points en route to winning MVP honors in the ACC Tournament championship game and had 23 points in UNC's 77-68 win at Duke. It was Carolina's first win in Cameron Indoor Stadium in eight years.
Some of Carolina's other highlights from this year's Carlyle Cup included: volleyball coach Joe Sagula picking up career win No. 500 in a 3-1 win on; Kelsey Keeran's game-winning goal as the No. 2 Tar Heels beat No. 5 Duke in a battle of field hockey heavyweights; freshman Jamie Gilbert scored with 26 minutes left as No. 1 ranked UNC beat Duke, 2-1, in women's soccer; Chad Scott rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns in UNC's 40-17 win on the gridiron; senior Aniela Mojzis won at No. 2 singles as the 13th-ranked women's tennis team beat No. 16 Duke, 4-3, to give Carolina its first win over the Blue Devils since 1987; Jonathan Janda won at No. 5 singles to clinch a 4-2 win over eight-ranked Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Men's Tennis Championship (just nine days after Duke had swept the Tar Heels, 7-0, in regular-season action); and Daniel Bard tossed a two-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Duke, capping a three-game series in which UNC outscored the Blue Devils, 22-3.
This is the third consecutive year in which the Carlyle Cup competition has been decided by four or fewer points. After five years, Carolina leads the overall point total, 101.5 to 94.5, and the head-to-head sports matchup, 54-50. Duke has won the Cup in 2000-01, 2002-03 and 2003-04. Carolina previously won in 2001-02.