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Leslie McDonald: 'It was nerve-wracking when I was a freshman'
The eighth-ranked Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3) are led by freshman Jabari Parker and redshirt sophomore transfer Rodney Hood, both all-ACC candidates. The Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4) will call on freshman Kennedy Meeks, the 6-foot-9, 290-pound center from Charlotte who is 80 pounds heavier than Duke counterpart Amile Jefferson.
Video: Carolina-Duke Manager Game Fight
A Duke manager forgets he is in the Dean Dome and tries to get a little scrappy going for a rebound in the UNC-Duke manager game...he is quickly reminded that this is Tar Heel territory.
The Duke-North Carolina rivalry, through Kendall Marshall's shoe-nanigans
The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is always serious business, even if this marks the third straight rivalry game that the Tar Heels enter the game unranked. So it’s nice to see that Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall, a North Carolina alum, thinks so highly of the footwear of teammate Ryan Kelly, who went to Duke.
McAdoo shuts out the noise
There’s more to James Michael McAdoo than steals and dunks, botched free throws and silky close-range jump shots. He’s a dog lover who owns a cat. He’s a goofball, known around the team for his corny jokes. He’s a compassionate man, grounded in his faith. But above all else, he’s a 21-year-old kid just playing a game he loves.
Tar Heels prepare for rivalry battle
It’s a clash of near opposites. Duke enters with the upper hand, ranked No. 8 in the country and having won seven of its last nine meetings with the Tar Heels. Unranked UNC, in contrast, is a team on the rise, coming off five straight wins — albeit against the ACC’s lesser competition. A win against the No. 8 team could add a measure of legitimacy to its recent revival.
Pistons promote Rasheed Wallace to assistant coach
Rasheed Wallace is moving to the front row of the Pistons bench. With John Loyer moving from assistant coach to interim head coach, and Maz Trakh losing his job along with mentor Maurice Cheeks, the Pistons were down to one assistant -- so Loyer is elevating Wallace from player-development coach to assistant coach.
Analyzing Marcus Paige's cerebral approach
Marcus Paige, a top priority for Duke heading into Wednesday's rivalry game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, isn't an athletic marvel at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. The youngest member of an Iowa-based, basketball-minded family, he has used his intelligence to gain an upper hand at every level. Instead of cartoons, he watched recordings of Chicago Bulls games with his father, Ellis.
UNC-Duke ticket prices at Dean Dome fall to 4-year low
Those who want to catch a UNC-Duke basketball game but are on a tight budget might be in luck this year. The average ticket price for the game in Chapel Hill on Wednesday is $332, the cheapest in any of the past four years by almost 20 percent, according to data from SeatGeek, which serves like a Kayak.com for sporting events.
Marcus Paige Thriving in Leading Role
Forced to become North Carolina's go-to guy on the perimeter, Marcus Paige has kept finding ways to up his game in the second half. Just don't ask the sophomore how he does it. He can't explain why his scoring and shooting percentages spike after halftime heading into Wednesday's rivalry game against No. 8 Duke.
Video: One Carolina - Anthony's Day at Carolina
A group of UNC students heard about the story of Anthony Hernandez, a 12-year old boy from Morganton, N.C. suffering from Emery-Driefuss muscular dystrophy, and decided to treat him to a special day in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina-Duke Preview
All but written off as title contenders after an early January slump, the eighth-ranked Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 ACC) enter their heated rivalry Wednesday night with North Carolina on quite a roll. Their only loss in the past month came in overtime at No. 1 Syracuse. They're in the top 10 for the first time since December and are finally playing like the team anointed as the preseason favorite in the new-look ACC.
Video: North Carolina vs Duke - The Rivalry
The trailer for the ultimate rivalry in college basketball. Player and coach perspective on why the North Carolina-Duke rivalry means so much.
Game On For UNC-Duke
Despite forecasts calling for an intense winter storm to descend upon central North Carolina Wednesday---potentially bringing several inches of snow and icy conditions to the region---UNC's annual Tobacco Road battle in the Smith Center with Duke is set to be played at 9:10 pm. For the Tar Heels it's an important week to prove themselves as a top-tier team in the league.
Defending the 3-Ball
Storylines contrasting Duke's propensity to drain 3-pointers with North Carolina's difficulty in defending the arc represent an annual tradition in this rivalry. It's actually a worthwhile topic this time around. The eighth-ranked Blue Devils lead the country in 3-point field goal percentage (42.0) and rank fifth in made 3-pointers per game (9.7).
Pace can help UNC overcome talent
While UNC enters the rivalry game against Duke on Wednesday with a less-impressive lineup and a worse season resume, the predicted pace of the game should give the Tar Heels solace. “We love to run. You can tell by our plays that we love to get up and down the court,” senior Leslie McDonald said. “If they run back at us, we’ll be set for defense, but then we’ll run it back.”