Starting Lineups: 16 Years Ago, Vince Carter’s Swag Was On High At North Carolina

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, The Rev — By on February 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Vince Carter

It’s amazing what a conversation via Twitter can spawn.

The Worldwide Leader was doing it’s usual promotion of the next battle between two teams that engage in the best rivalry in the history of college basketball. Per ESPN’s flashback, they took the wayback machine to 2012, when Austin Rivers shook off Seth Curry and rained home a 25-foot bomb over Tyler Zeller to give the Duke Blue Devils another triumph against the North Carolina Tar Heels. I re-shared my immediate thoughts following Doc Rivers’ son’s buzzer-beater from 2012 via social media, and a young man named @Alec_gatorr responded with this tweet.

Laying out other great moments in Duke vs. UNC history:

  1. Jerry Stackhouse’s dunk on Duke in ’94
  2. Jeff Capel’s miracle half-court shot in ’95
  3. Gerald Henderson’s elbow to Tyler Hansbrough’s face in ’07

But there was nothing like watching Vince Carter play at North Carolina. He was uninhibited.

And that included playing against Duke.

Last night, it was Leslie McDonald providing his own indelible moments, scoring a game-high 21 points in UNC’s 74-66 victory in the Dean Dome. But Vince Carter’s ridiculous swag and unbelievable dunks will forever remain in my memory as far as this rivalry is concerned.

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Life After Dunk City- Grantland

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Legend of T.J. Sochi born in grand theatre of USA vs. Russia epic- Sports Illustrated

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Prep Basketball: Glenwood girls hold off Lee-Scott for 1st title since 2008- OANow.com (Click for the scoreline if anything)

How dare Lolo Jones be beautiful and good at sports- The Score

Canadian snowboarder Michael Lambert pierces the Sochi bubble- Canada.com

In Memoriam: Eisenhower’s Tree- Golf Channel

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Miracle Off Ice- Grantland

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