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Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC at #4 Duke
UNC really needs a win here and not just for all the ACC and NCAA seeding ramifications but mainly for confidence's sake. The season doesn't hinge on what happens in Durham tonight. A loss doesn't necessarily mean the Tar Heels go into a tailspin or a win magically rights everything that's been wrong. However, you have to start somewhere. Prediction: UNC 77, Duke 74
North Carolina at Duke: Loser go home
Rarely does the first meeting of the season between North Carolina an Duke all but eliminate the loser from any chance of winning the ACC title. Yet that is the case Wednesday night for the 239th meeting between the two teams, who will face each other again in three weeks for the traditional season ending battle (March 7 in Chapel Hill).
North Carolina at Duke Game Preview and Predictions
It’s not just you: The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is played a little later these days. The two Tobacco Road foes meet for the first time on Feb. 18 this season. Last year, they didn’t meet for the first time until Feb. 20. Compare that to years past when the first game generally will be played in early February. The late start doesn’t make the meeting any less interesting. Perhaps even it raises the stakes.
Film room a familiar place for this year’s Tar Heels
The North Carolina men’s basketball team is all too familiar with the film room. At times this season it has offered a pat on the back. It’s been a haven of highlights. But it hasn’t been a happy place as of late. After winning six in a row, the Tar Heels have lost three of their last four games.
Marcus Paige: A Different Way Of Life
Roy Williams wasn’t there to see Marcus Paige. That day, the day of the 2009 Iowa 4A state championship game, he was there for Harrison Barnes — the one all the college coaches wanted. Marcus was the quiet freshman, Barnes the attention-grabbing junior.
Duke/North Carolina Insider Q&A
North Carolina has faced high quality opponents in Louisville and Virginia and lost to a Pittsburgh team that shot out of their minds (64.9% from the field, 53.8% from three). UNC has the ability and experience to compete and beat these teams, but have been out-toughed and out-worked when it matters.
John Feinstein Discusses Personal Stories About Dean Smith’s Life (audio)
Sports writer John Feinstein called into The Mac Attack to talk about the life and career of Coach Dean Smith including some great stories about him that people rarely knew about him. Feinstein begins his story telling by saying that Coach Smith rarely rode in the same bus as the team on road games.
Love it or hate it, Carolina-Duke is here to stay as a rivalry
Whether or not you think UNC-Duke is the best rivalry in sports probably depends on how you like your rivalries. If you like good, old-fashioned, pure, unadulterated hatred without a hint of respect, you've come to the wrong place. But if you like high-stakes games between two consistently great programs that respect each other but harbor plenty of dislike for each other, then you've come to the right place.
North Carolina looks for answers while Duke seems to be finding them
Heading into Wednesday night's showdown with No. 4 Duke (22-3, 9-3), No. 15 North Carolina (18-7, 8-4) has lost three of its last four. Lineup tweaks and a week off couldn't offset the Tar Heels' injuries and inconsistency during what has been an unsatisfying February. Of the 16 players on the Tar Heels' roster, five are either out for the season or sidelined indefinitely with injuries.
Underdog Tar Heels Meet ‘Offensively Balanced’ Blue Devils At Cameron
The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team,18-7 overall and 8-4 in the ACC, travels down Tobacco road Wednesday night to renew its rivalry with No. 4 Duke, 22-3 on the season with a 9-3 mark in the league. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will square off in iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9 p.m.
Tar Heels look to change directions with short trek to Duke
If Duke has it all in gear again, there’s only so many solutions for North Carolina when the teams meet Wednesday night. “They are going to score, so you have to have your offense clicking, too,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “There’s not one key when you’re playing Duke. There’s not one thing, you just have to play your best game.”
UNC-Duke Offensive vs Defensive Breakdowns
Can North Carolina limit the effectiveness of Duke center Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils' outside shooters? Can Duke keep the Tar Heels from dominating the offensive glass? Here's a look the main storylines at each end of the court when UNC faces the Blue Devils on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tar Heels have hands full with Okafor
Duke is 22-3 overall, 9-3 in the ACC and ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25. “They’ve just annihilated people, and we understand that,” Roy Williams said. “Offensively, they’ve got probably the best low-post scorer in America.” That would be Jahlil Okafor. “You’re talking about a guy who is 6-11, 270,” Williams said. “He’s a load, but he’s very gifted."
Former Tar Heel Tyler Zeller still ‘Mr. Reliable'
Jared Sullinger said he kept getting stuck in traffic in Boston. But Brad Stevens, who didn’t make a big deal out it, still counted the instances as unexcused tardiness. So there was ol’ Tyler Zeller — ol’ reliable Tyler Zeller. “He's been very reliable,” Stevens said. “He's a very reliable worker and young man.” “I just try to come do my job every day. The NBA is just a job like everybody else’s,” Zeller said.
Dick Vitale saddened to miss calling first Duke - UNC game of his career
For the first time in more than 30 years, Dick Vitale won't play a part in calling the annual Duke - UNC rivalry game on ESPN, the network confirmed on Monday. Vitale, who has been calling the Blue Devils - Tar Heels rivalry since the network's inception in 1979, was taken off the broadcast this year in a move that seems to mark a transition to ESPN spotlighting fellow analyst Jay Bilas.