Rivalry Breakdown: Duke-UNC

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Rivalry Breakdown: Duke-UNC
Gerry Broome/Associated Press

Duke vs. North Carolina isn’t just the best rivalry in college basketball—it’s a leading contender for the best rivalry in any sport.

Separated by a mere 10 miles along Tobacco Road, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels prove every year just how much contempt familiarity can breed, then mix that contempt with Hall of Fame-level hoops talent.

One of the many all-time college greats who grabbed the spotlight in this matchup was UNC's Tyler Hansbrough. As the leading rebounder and scorer in Tar Heels history—and the Division I record-holder for most free throws made—Psycho T did more than his share of damage in compiling a 6-2 career record against Duke.

Here's a closer look at Hansbrough and the rest of the unmatched stars, classic games and unforgettable plays that have elevated Duke and North Carolina to the pinnacle of college sports showdowns.

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