The Orange won and the Blue Devils lost. But 15 years from now, when folks are talking about this Saturday night at the Carrier Dome, the outcome will be less important than the 45 minutes of fun basketball a record crowd enjoyed.
Just another game. Try telling that to anyone involved in the rivalry. North Carolina came in unranked and on the proverbial NCAA bubble, but the Tar Heels gave Duke everything it could handle on its home floor. The Blue Devils came out on top, but desperately miss senior Ryan Kelly.