You may have heard that HBO has been working on a Duke-UNC documentary.Â We were actually consulted a bit at the beginning of the process.Â Here's the official press release and the dates it will play.Â Â
The HBO Sports documentary BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA, chronicling what many hardwood observers consider college basketballâs fiercest rivalry, as well as examining the different cultures and characteristics of the programs in Durham and Chapel Hill, debuts MONDAY, FEB. 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 26 (1:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 28 (10:30 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT), and March 3 (10:30 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), 8 (8:15 a.m.), 11 (6:30 p.m., 1:35 a.m.), 16 (5:30 a.m.) and 19 (4:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 27 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and March 5 (10:30 p.m.), 10 (3:30 p.m.), 14 (8:30 a.m.), 20 (11:30 a.m.), 24 (11:30 p.m.) and 29 (noon)
HBO On Demand availability: Feb. 24-March 24
Separated by fewer than ten miles, the two schools have been going at it on the hardwood since 1920. But over the past 25 years, their heated competition has steadily grown in intensity, with Duke and North Carolina gearing up each season to reach a common goal: to beat their archrival twice in the regular season, regardless of rankings or won-loss records. These two Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouses frequently dominate the conference standings, and routinely compete for the top spot in the national polls. Remarkably, since the NCAA Tournament expanded to its current configuration in 1985, these two schools alone have combined for more national titles (five) and made more Final Four appearances (18), than any other entire conference.
The high-profile list of interviewees from the Blue Devils and Tar Heels programs weighing in on the intense rivalry in BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA includes: Hall of Fame coaches Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski; players Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Charlie Scott, Larry Brown, Art Heyman, Kenny Smith, Phil Ford, Eric Montross, Mitch Kupchak, Chris Collins, Grant Hill, Alaa Abdlenaby, Jay Bilas, Mike Gminski, Johnny Dawkins, Brian Davis, J.J. Redick, Jeff Capel and Christian Laettner; commentators Jim Lampley and Seth Davis; former Duke athletic director Tom Butters; and current Tar Heels coach Roy Williams.
The executive producers of BATTLE FOR TOBACCO ROAD: DUKE VS. CAROLINA are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; produced by George Roy; music composed by Brian Keane; narrated by Liev Schreiber.