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Duke fans undeterred by Carolina presence

Posted March 19, 2009

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— University of North Carolina fans returned to the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday night to root against rival Duke University.

UNC defeated Radford Thursday afternoon.

Duke took the court just after 9 p.m. to the sound of booing and screaming. Duke is facing Binghamton in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Duke fans undeterred by Carolina presence Duke fans hit Greensboro

“There’s always a chance they might lose, so that’s always a positive,” UNC Joe Pagano said.

Despite some vocal Carolina fans, Duke fans also packed the coliseum to cheer for their team.

“We’ll cheer for our team and they can stay quiet while we beat the other team,” Duke fan Chris Farrell said.

Longtime Duke fan Jason Smith has lived in Binghamton, N.Y. all of his life. He represented both teams by wearing each team’s color on his face.

Binghamton shirts were becoming popular at the coliseum as game-time approached.

“There are no Binghamton t-shirts left because North Carolina fans have bought them all. Seriously, they’re sold out,” Binghamton fan Gerry Epstein said, pointing to an empty spot on the sales rack.

“A Duke loss is almost better than a Carolina win,” Carolina fan Randy Borkenstein said.

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  • Here kitty kitty Mar 20, 2009

    This is no joke. You can buy UNC Final 4 2009 t-shirts at D**ks Sporting Goods for $14.99. someone is very optimistic and will be eating that investment. I got red-flagged for using D**k's in a previous post. Censorship -- gotta love it!!!! :) :) GO DUKE!!!

  • chasityhamm Mar 20, 2009

    " “A Duke loss is almost better than a Carolina win,” Carolina fan Randy Borkenstein said. "

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA This is true!!!!

  • Tizu Mar 20, 2009

    I pull for "The University of Whoever's Playing Carolina" all year long. But when it comes to a tournament I root for Carolina - UNLESS THEY ARE PLAYING DUKE!

    Yep, I'm the same way. In the NCAA tourney, I want all ACC Schools to do well. Even UNC.

  • uncfan89 Mar 20, 2009

    Yeah like the Duke fans would have pulled for Carolina!!!! Whatever??

  • jason3 Mar 20, 2009

    There is nothing wrong with cheering for your team or against your rival. That's what make the rivalry so strong. One thing that makes the rivalry so good is the fact that both teams are among the best in the nation. I pull for "The University of Whoever's Playing Carolina" all year long. But when it comes to a tournament I root for Carolina - UNLESS THEY ARE PLAYING DUKE! If Duke and Carolina don't lose, they will play each other in the semifinals on April 4. I would much rather see that than Carolina lose to some other team.

    I even rooted for Carolina to beat Florida State in the ACC tournament so we could play each other in the championship game.

    And Vinbooks69, you would be hard pressed to find just one team in any sport, college or pro, that doesn't try to distract the visiting team during the game. That's what us "poor sportsmans" call a homecourt advantage. In this case though, UNC fans are going to a game they aren't even playing in to root against Duke.

  • starshield Mar 20, 2009

    Well you know how Tarheels fans are. The heels didn't even have the courtesy to show up at the ACC championship.

  • Unbroken Mar 20, 2009

    "Borkenstein?" Heh heh. Anyways, no different than a Yankee/Bosox rivalry, Cowpokes/Gints/Skins/Philly, etc. etc. Oh that's right... college basketball fans are a pompous lot who think that their sport should be held in higher regard than all others.

  • zcat Mar 20, 2009

    "The epitome of poor sportsmanship" is the Cameron crazies doing their best to distract the visiting players during a game.

  • carolinagirl1976 Mar 20, 2009

    Yeah....and Duke fans would never pull against Carolina, right?!?!? Give me a break!!

  • tiredofgovtwaste Mar 20, 2009

    "UNC "fans" should return to their books and study ethics & moral values a little harder." Animal lover.

    Who are you kidding, these words will never be spoken at UNC - just look at the poor sportmanship shown by the so called leader of the "tarholes" baskeball team - why did they have to embarrass Radford by running up the score. We all know that these first round games for unc pittsburg, etc, are give mes. what a lack of class which is just as bad as booing Duke.

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