On the way to a national championship, the senior class of Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Frasor, Danny Green and Mike Copeland (along with a redshirting Marcus Ginyard) did something that might have been just as fun: completed a 4-0 career at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 101-87 win.
"I told our guys, 'The streak is going to stop sometime,'" Roy Williams said after the game. "Let's just put it off another year."
Duke shot a blistering 61.8 percent in the first half and had a 56-48 lead early in the second half. But that's when Ty Lawson and Hansbrough-who, to the great amusement of the UNC bench, was introduced by the Duke PA announcer as "Taylor Hansbrough" during pregame introductions-began to make a push. The two Tar Heels ignited a 25-11 run that gave Carolina the lead for good. Later, Lawson would score nine of UNC's 12 points in another big run, capping it with a three-point play with 3:42 left that gave the Tar Heels an 88-71 advantage.
The only three points not scored by Lawson in that stretch came from Hansbrough, who tossed in a three-pointer over David McClure. The play mirrored the signature moment from the UNC win at Cameron in Hansbrough's freshman year, when he nailed a three-pointer with the shot clock expiring that clinched the win.
"Each year, it's been different," Hansbrough said. "Our freshman year, no one thought we could come in here and win...Tonight was one of those things where you didn't want to think about the record. We just wanted to come out and play."
The 101 points were the fourth-most points Carolina had ever scored against Duke, and marked the first time since January of 2000 that the Blue Devils had allowed any opponent to break the century mark. But the record that interested most of the Tar Heels was simple: 4-0.
"It's surreal," Frasor said after the game. "If someone would've told me my freshman year that we could do this, I would've thought they were crazy. It's something I'll be able to tell other people. Any Carolina player who loses at Duke, I'll say, 'I never did that.'"
The members of the 4-0 Tar Heel class joined Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue as the only players to beat Mike Krzyzewski four straight times at Cameron. Two months later, they would go on to add a national championship to their collection of achievements.