It's been a long time since Duke and UNC lost at home on the same day

Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) leads his team off the court following a 65-63 victory over Duke in an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Tobacco Road’s top half did not have a nice little Saturday.

Both Duke and North Carolina suffered losses at home, marking the first time since 1973 that both blue bloods lost on their own courts on the same day. It took a lot for the 44-year streak to come to an end, too, as second-ranked Virginia took a big 65-63 win over fourth-ranked Duke and North Carolina State had a great shooting day in a 95-91 overtime win over 10th-ranked North Carolina.

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To put the run in perspective, the head coach at Duke in 1973 was Neill McGeachy, who went 10-16 in his only season in Durham. Current coach Mike Krzyzewski was still seven years away from being hired while current associate head coach Jeff Capel was still two years from being born.

Current North Carolina coach Roy Williams, meanwhile, was 23 and in his first season of coaching Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, N.C after graduating from Chapel Hill.


Since neither school loses at home very often, it should come as no surprise that both opponents don’t win in Durham or Chapel Hill very often. Virginia’s win in Durham was their first since 1995 while North Carolina State only has four wins in the Dean Dome since 2001.