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Dean E. Smith Center: Welcome to basketball Valhalla in Chapel Hill

Updated: March 7, 2009, 10:59 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | Special to ESPN SportsTravel

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The last-second thriller ended like many of the Tobacco Road games that have made the UNC-Duke rivalry so storied. But that final conference game of 2005 is arguably the most memorable in the series for home fans at the Dean E. Smith Center.

"That was the loudest I have ever heard the Smith Center," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said.

The sellout crowd at the ...

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