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Two Towns, Two Moods After the Game

Posted February 27, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— Saturday's Duke-UNC game proved that sports can make people go bonkers.

For some students, all those weeks of camping out in Krzyzewskiville finally paid off. For others, the first part of the day wasn't as gleeful.

About 75 of the 1,400 fans gathered outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium were turned away, once the bleachers could hold no more. That made for droopy faces. In fact, there were lots of angry people outside -- very angry people.

But, frowns are just upside-down smiles, and those frowns turned around within a couple of hours, as the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels. Inside, fans stormed the court. Then, the fun moved outside.

An old-fashioned foam party commenced, and the suds flew as Duke students basked in the win.

A few miles down Highway 15-501, moods were not as cheerful in Chapel Hill. A week after the Wolfpack's surprise win over the Tar Heels, students gathered around TV sets to watch the Duke game, which started off favorably for UNC.

But, by the end of the game, the smiles eroded, and the crestfallen UNC fans spilled out of the gathering places, and onto Franklin Street. Many were not pleased.

Saturday's game wrapped up regular season play for both schools, and clinched the regular season ACC title. Duke and Carolina are picked to meet again during the ACC tournament, perhaps even the Final Four.

ACC Tournament play gets underway Thursday in Greensboro. Duke will play the number nine seed Thursday night. We have the games live on WRAL-TV5, starting at 9 p.m. Thursday.