The Carolina-Duke rivalry

As you settle into one of the homes for sale in Raleigh-Durham, you will likely start to learn the ins and outs of the area pretty quickly. You'll find out where the best place is to grab a bite to eat, watch a theatrical performance and even get your hair cut. What you'll also pick up on is how intense the rivalries are between two of the major universities in the area - The University of North Carolina and Duke University.

The University of North Carolina is located in Chapel Hill, whereas Duke is about 12 miles away in Durham. It's often referred to as the Carolina-Duke rivalry, but you might also hear it being called The Battle of Tobacco Road or the Battle of the Blue.

Perhaps what makes the school's rivalry so intense is their similarity. As two of the most academically competitive colleges, both strive for greatness in every aspect from research to athletes. Academic success, combined with the proximity of the campuses and their outstanding national reputations, creates one of the most well-known rivalries in sports. In fact, Sport Illustrated on Campus named it the number one "Hottest Rivalry" in college basketball and second overall rivalry in November 2003.

As a public university, UNC Chapel Hill overcomes Duke in its establishment date of 1798 and the number of undergraduate and graduate students who attend. However, in terms of athletic ability, the schools have showed over the years they are just about neck and neck.

The rivalry is particularly fierce in men's basketball, as both are often competing for the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and either school as played in the Final Four 22 times in the last 31 years, according to Fox Sports. Amazingly, they have yet to face each other in the NCAA Tournament.

The Daily Tar Heel explains that in the 50s and 60s, the great rivalry was actually between UNC and neighboring university North Carolina State. The UNC-Duke rivalry began to heat up in 1984 when Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski accused referees of favoring UNC.

“From that point on, games were heated and close,” Draggan Mihailovich, a 1983 UNC graduate told the publication. “It was the start of the war.”