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ACC BasketballThe Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference$
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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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The Big Four

The Big Four

(p.135) 5 The Big Four
ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the time when the Tar Heels met the Duke Blue Devils in Durham in an important ACC matchup. Duke, ranked fourth in the nation, came into the game with a record of 7-0 in the conference and 15-1 overall. UNC was ranked fifth nationally with a record of 7-0 in the ACC and 13-2 overall. Chancellor Aycock had already decided that North Carolina would not participate in the conference tournament, which meant that there would be no postseason action of any kind for its players. Therefore, the success they achieved and the satisfaction they gained would necessarily depend on their performance during the regular season. This further elevated the stakes of the contest between, in the words of Sports Illustrated writer Ray Cave, “two testy and contentious southern neighbors.”

Keywords:   Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Durham, ACC matchup, Chancellor Aycock

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