UNC student banks half-court shot, wins $19K during ESPN GameDay, Eric Church makes appearance

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Duke and North Carolina fans are excited about this matchup Saturday evening

ESPN's College GameDay returned to the Triangle for Duke at Carolina game on Saturday, March 4.

GameDay Host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis and Seth Greenberg were live from the Dean E. Smith Center Saturday morning.

Bilas will call the game with broadcast partner Dan Shulman. Game is scheduled to tipoff at 6:30 p.m.

Doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and fans were pumped with signs that ranged from fandom, to trash talk, to throwing shade and a cheap shot at host Jay Williams, who is also a former Duke player.

Signs of a rivalry

Off the backboard! UNC freshman, Javon Comer, of Thomasville, NC, won $19,000 after banking a half-court shot.

Country music star and UNC super fan, Eric Church made an appearance during the show.

Fans were encouraged to bring signs to GameDay and UNC provided sign-making stations outside Entrances. However, signs with religious/political references, competitive/commercial brand references, personal/promotional hashtags and profanity were NOT permitted.

According to a release from UNC Athletics, concessions will be available. Outside Food & Beverage is prohibited from bringing into the Dean E. Smith Center. Two unopened water bottles - 20 oz. or less - per person are allowed.

Early Birds gets the prize

The school encourages fans to come early for a chance to win great door prizes which include:

  • UNC Tar Heels team signed basketballs
  • Nike swag packages
  • A Television
  • Apple Air Pods

And More

The Carolina Basketball Museum will be open from 9 A.M. - 3 P.M. on Saturday, according to the school's athletic department.

What you can and can't bring inside

Carolina Athletics encourages fans to leave all bags at home, but the following items will be allowed into the Dean E. Smith Center:

  • Any clear plastic or vinyl bag no larger than 12" x 12" x 20", including gallon freezer bags
  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 6.5"
  • Necessary medical items following inspection at entry gates
  • All prohibited items must be returned to your vehicles or discarded at the gates.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed to enter Dean E. Smith Center

Public parking for GameDay will be available in the non-reserved sections of the Manning (middle and bottom tiers) and Bowles Lots adjacent to the Smith Center. Disability parking will be available in the Williamson Lot off of Skipper Bowles Drive.

All lots must be cleared by 1 p.m. for game preparations.

The game tips at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Duke won the first showdown with the Tar Heels in Cameron on Saturday, January 28.

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