UNC-Duke: Game Notes

DURHAM – The North Carolina Tar Heels dropped their fifth consecutive game tonight but in the process may have gained a bit more confidence in the 83-74 defeat at archrival Duke before another nearly out of control 9,314 fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Here is a look at some of the notes from UNC's 10th loss in 21 games and sixth in eight Atlantic Coast Conference contests.

***With the loss UNC fell to 122-91 all-time against the Blue Devils.

***The Tar Heels are now 30-36 all-time in Cameron Indoor Stadium and 42-45 overall against Duke in Durham.

***This was Duke's sixth win in the teams' last seven meetings at Cameron.

***The Blue Devils have now won 11 of the last 12 meetings in the series with Carolina's only victory coming in 2001 at Cameron.

***In the last 114 meetings between the schools, UNC has been ranked 93 times while Duke has been ranked 69 times.

***Carolina's longest stretch between mathcups with Duke not being ranked is 12, the first 12 times Dean Smith coached against Duke. Duke's longest stretch came from 1970-78.

***Either Duke or UNC has been ranked entering the last 114 meetings.

***Both teams entered tonight's game coming off a loss. The last time both faced each other following a loss was March 4, 1995. UNC won that game 99-86.

***Entering the game, Duke was averaging beating the Tar Heels by 19.2 points in its current five-game winning streak in the series.

***David Noel's 19 points and seven rebounds gives him an average of 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the last two games, both starts by the Durham freshman.

***Carolina was outrebounded, 43-32, including 17-12 on the offensive end. Three of UNC's offensive boards came on one possession and finished when Jawad Williams converted a put-back layup.

***Williams has scored 26, 22 and 19 points in his last three games after a miserable three-point effort in a loss at N.C. State.

***Melvin Scott's last seven games (5-33 in last five, 2-20 from 3-point range)

***Raymond Felton scored in double figures in just three of UNC's first nine games but has tallied at least 10 points in his last 12 games after scoring 25 tonight.

***At UNC's biggest rivals, Felton has scored 28 points (at N.C. State) and 25 (at Duke).

***With just two points tonight, Rashad McCants's UNC freshman record of scoring in double figures in the forst 20 games of his career came to an end.

***With 24 seconds left in the first half, a youg male painted completely in Duke blue, but wearing no clothes, ran onto the court entering on the side where UNC's bench was. He ran to the opposite baseline and back to the part of the court he originally entered. He was running from one cop pointing at him, taunting him almost like he was Deion Sanders. Eventually he was subdued (to put it nciely) by several police officers. He slipped in the lane and got paint on the floor, causing about a five-minute delay as folks tried tog et the paint from the floor.

***Duke won all three games with the Tar Heels last season, beating UNC 87-58 in Chapel Hill (UNC committed 25 turnovers), 93-68 in Durham (the Heels again committed 25 turnovers), and 60-48 in the ACC tournament when Carolina tried to slow the game down.

***Carolina and Duke have combined for 28 of the ACC's 49 tournament championships.

***Carolina has won the ACC regular season title 23 times while Duke has done so 16 times.

***Either UNC or Duke has reached the Final Four in 17 of the last 22 seasons. Carolina made it in 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2000. Duke made it in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001.

***Carolina has reached the Final Four an NCAA-record 15 times while Duke has been the Final Four 13 times.

***Duke retired the jersey of former great Jason Williams at halftime of tonight's game. Williams, who left Duke for the NBA last spring after his junior year, wore No. 22.

***Duke's other retired jerseys: Dick Groat (10), Art Heyman (25), Jeff Mullins (44), Mike Gminski (43), Johnny Dawkins (24), Danny Ferry (35), Christian Laettner (32), Bobby Hurley (11), Grant Hill (11), and Shane Batier (33).

***UNC is one win away from its 500th regular season ACC victory. Next in line heading into today's games: Duke (444), Maryland (353), N.C. State (350), Wake Forest (332), Virginia (284), Clemson (232), Georgia Tech* (154), and FSU^ (71). South Carolina won 101 league games from 1953-54 through 1970-71. *Tech began playing in the 1979-80 season. ^FSU began playing in the 1991-92 campaign.

***ACC versus other Division I conferences: America East (2-1); Atlantic 10 (5-1); Atlantic Sun (5-0); Big East (9-5); Big Sky (0-0); Big South (8-0); Big Ten (7-5); Big XII (1-0); Big West (0-0); CAA (1-1); C-USA (1-1); Horizon (1-0); Ivy League (2-0); Metro Atlantic (2-1); MAC (2-0); Mid-Continent (0-0); MEAC (7-0); Missouri Valley (0-0); Mountain West (0-0); Northeast (5-0); Ohio Valley (0-0); Pac-10 (2-0); Patriot (1-0); SEC (3-4); Southern (8-0); Southland (0-0); Southwestern (0-0); Sun Belt (0-0); WCC (0-1); WAC (1-0); Others (6-0). Totals (77-19).

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He also covers the ACC for the Wilmington Star-News/Morning Star and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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