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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Before the Duke-North Carolina rivalry resumed in earnest Saturday night, the teams took a moment for camaraderie, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

UNC fans kept up a steady chorus of boos for every Duke player and coach in pregame warmups, but halted briefly just before tipoff. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, UNC’s long-time nemesis, was honored at midcourt.

Roy Williams, Marcus Paige and Jackson Simmons presented Krzyzewski with a plaque commemorating his 1,000 career wins. The gesture was, in part, a follow-up to Duke’s moment of silence in memory of former UNC coach Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7, before the rivals faced each other on Feb. 18 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Both teams and coaching staffs gathered at the center-court circle, arms draped across each other. Williams joked that he was hoping to jinx Krzyzewski by honoring him for his career but admitted that Duke’s gesture at Cameron moved him deeply.

No. 3 Duke would go on to beat No. 19 UNC in an 84-77 victory.

Read more: The Greensboro News & Record

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