5. 1979: Duke 47, North Carolina 40
In the most extreme example of Dean Smith’s "four corners" offense—unhindered by the shot clock, which didn’t exist yet—North Carolina attempted just two shots in the first half. Both shots failed to draw iron, and the Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd is said to have originated the now-ubiquitous “Aiiiiir ballll” chant in response.
Holding a laughable 7-0 lead coming out of the locker room, Duke proved just as capable of winning a more traditional game. Jim Spanarkel scored 15 second-half points in his final home game to seal the victory.
4. 2004: Duke 83, North Carolina 81
Roy Williams’ inaugural game in the rivalry became an instant classic when a late Jawad Williams three-pointer tied the game for his No. 17 Tar Heels and forced overtime. In the OT, top-ranked Duke took a three-point lead on some J.J. Redick free throws only to have another trey (from Rashad McCants) knot the score once again.
But Duke had one possession left to work with, and Chris Duhon flipped in a reverse in the waning seconds to earn a win for the visiting Blue Devils.
3. 1968: Duke 87, North Carolina 86
Duke backup center Fred Lind became the rivalry’s unlikeliest hero, starting when he blocked a UNC shot in the final moments of regulation to send the game to overtime. At the end of the extra session, two Lind free throws tied the game again, and when No. 10 Duke trailed at the end of a second OT, he hit a jumper for yet another tie.
By the time the Blue Devils finished off the win, a reserve who had entered with 21 career points had 16 points, nine boards and three blocks in one epic game.
2. 1984: North Carolina 96, Duke 83
When Duke botched a one-and-one that could have given it a four-point edge in Chapel Hill, Tar Heels senior Matt Doherty responded with a buzzer-beating jumper to force overtime. At the end of the extra session, Duke was the team in need of a clutch basket, and Johnny Dawkins supplied a driving layup to send it to a second OT.
Another senior by the name of Michael Jordan opened that period by hammering down an alley-oop. He and classmate Sam Perkins (who each finished with 25 points) proceeded to take over, ending their final home game with a convincing win.
1. 1995: North Carolina 102, Duke 100
The Blue Devils (unranked in the absence of Coach K, who was nursing an injured back) were 0-7 in ACC play coming in, but they hung right with Rasheed Wallace and high-flying No. 2 UNC. When Cherokee Parks swatted a would-be Jerry Stackhouse dunk with under a minute to play, the game headed for overtime and even more drama.
With 17 seconds left in the extra frame, Duke used a Trajan Langdon trey and Jeff Capel three-point play to trim an eight-point deficit to three. After Serge Zwikker bricked a pair of free throws, Capel drilled a half-court heave to send the game to double overtime.
In the second OT, though, a four-point spurt from Donald Williams and Jeff McInnis put the Tar Heels up in the final seconds. Duke had one last possession to tie, but neither Steve Wojciechowski nor Greg Newton could find the net in a heartbreaking loss.