In one of the most highly-anticipated basketball games of the season, the Duke Blue Devils took on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. The rivalry between the two teams is one of the most storied in college basketball, and the stakes were high.
The Blue Devils, led by first-year head coach Jon Scheyer, came out on top with a 79-73 victory. They were led by freshman forward Matthew Hurt, who had a game-high 23 points. The Tar Heels were led by senior guard Garrison Brooks, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was close throughout, with the Blue Devils holding a slim lead for most of the second half. In the end, it was Duke’s ability to make shots down the stretch that sealed the victory.
The win marked the first time that the Blue Devils had beaten the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill since the 2016-17 season. It also marked the first win for Scheyer as head coach of the Blue Devils and the first win for Duke against a ranked opponent this season.
The win was a big one for Duke, who had lost their last two games and were in desperate need of a victory. It also gives them a boost of confidence as they look to turn their season around and make a run at the NCAA tournament.
For the Tar Heels, the loss was a tough one to swallow. They had come into the game hoping to turn their season around and get back in the NCAA tournament picture. However, they will now have to regroup and focus on the remainder of the season.
The rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is one of the most storied in college basketball, and Wednesday’s game was a reminder of why. It was a hard-fought battle between two teams that will likely be playing each other for years to come.