North Carolina and Duke students have watched as their teams' basketball seasons have gone in wildly different directions.
As the Blue Devils and Tar Heels prepare to collide in a final regular-season matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, the anticipation on each campus has been anything but similar.
At Duke's "Krzyzewskiville," more than 100 tents stood inches deep in mud and encased in ice and snow earlier in the week. But no amount of rain - or snow - seems to have dampened the student campers' spirits as they stake their claims to seats for the big game.
In one tent, freshmen Sarek Shen and Kathryn Latham described their fruitless search for body paint, which has been sold out at all local retailers.
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Senior Lindsay Kunkle, who was enduring her third Krzyzewskiville campout for tickets, was waiting to be rewarded with her first Duke win at home over UNC.
There are obvious reasons for optimism in Duke's tent city, with the unranked Tar Heels entering Saturday's game with a 5-10 record in ACC play and having lost to Duke 64-54 on Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill.
The No. 4 Blue Devils (25-5), after Wednesday's road loss to Maryland, are tied with the Terrapins for first place in the league with a 12-3 ACC record.
"Everyone is excited for the game," Kunkle said. "Everyone is expecting to win."
After four consecutive losses to North Carolina at home, Duke students have been itching for the celebration they have long been denied. And for many students, weathering more than six weeks of snow and cold was a small price to pay.
A small price to pay for what they feel is almost a guaranteed win.
"I'm really excited. I get to see a bonfire this year," said sophomore Louis Ortiz, referencing the traditional, university- approved celebration in the aftermath of wins over UNC.
Less than 10 miles away, a different mood has gripped their rivals' campus.
UNC senior Tyler Singleton donned a body-painted blue tuxedo at the Tar Heels' final home game against Miami on Tuesday.
As a student who has attended every home game since he was a freshman, Singleton said he has been disappointed with what he described as lackluster attendance at the Smith Center. He has been equally saddened by his peers' muted anticipation for the regular-season finale against Duke.
"I don't think the hype is there for people this year," he said. "I mean, students haven't been showing up to games. Of course they watch on TV. But it's like, 'Oh. It's Duke coming up this week.' "
Regardless, Singleton said he would head to Duke with a dozen friends, seeking solidarity in small numbers as ESPN's College GameDay crew broadcasts live from the campus.
UNC senior Kendall Shields said it's inaccurate to suggest that the Tar Heels' struggles one year after winning the national championship have led to a lack of support from the student body.
"I definitely think there is as much support as any year," she said. " 'Confidence' is harder to say."
While junior Tom Kuell would like to see the same level of excitement he has experienced in the years past from UNC fans, he said he doesn't mind the excitement exhibited by his Triangle rivals. Or their confidence.
"I have a feeling Duke is overlooking us," he said. "I hope we go in there believing in ourselves, and they go in not believing in us.
"Biased prediction, but I think we can steal one."