College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: North Carolina vs. Duke

The #1 team in the nation will welcome its arch nemesis to town for an ACC heavyweight showdown
tonight. The #8 North Carolina Tar Heels are headed to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face the Duke
Blue Devils in one of the most anticipated regular season matchups of the year.

Date/Time/TV: Weds. Feb.20, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN

Spread: Duke Blue Devils -9 (-110)

Total: 166.5

Game Preview

The Tar Heels are 10-2 in conference play and a game behind Duke in the standings. They were last
in action on Saturday, picking up a 38-point road blowout win over Wake Forest. That win came on
the heels of an 8-point home defeat to Virginia last Monday. For the season, North Carolina is 20-5
(15-8-2 ATS).

The Blue Devils enter tonight’s game with a mark of 23-2 (15-10 ATS). The team is atop the ACC
standings with a conference record of 11-1. Duke has not lost since January 14 when they dropped a
4-point home OT decision to Syracuse. Since that point, it has been nine wins in a row for the top
team in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina has been solid on the road this season with a record of 8-1 (8-1 ATS) thus far. The
team has won six consecutive away contests. Over their last 10 games overall, the Tar Heels are 8-2
(6-4 ATS). The loss to Virginia last Monday was their first since January 12, when they fell by 21
points at home to Louisville.

Team totals have been Under for four of the last six and check in at 12-13 on the year. Cameron
Johnson is the team’s leading scorer with 16.3 ppg and 5.4 boards. Coby White is next up with 15.7
ppg and 4.3 dimes. Luke Maye contributes 14.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg.

Duke Blue Devils

Duke is 9-1 (5-5 ATS) over its last 10 games. The team has ripped off nine wins in a row with seven
of those victories coming by double digits. The Blue Devils are 13-1 (8-6 ATS) at home, with the
lonse loss coming to Syracuse. Team totals have been Under for six of the last eight and skew that
way on the year at 7-16-2.

R.J. Barrett tops the Blue Devils in scoring with 22.7 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Right behind him is Zion
Williamson with averages of 22.4 ppg and 9.2 boards. Rounding out the top threats for this loaded
squad is Cam Reddish, who chips in with 13.8 ppg.

North Carolina vs. Duke Prediction

The Tar Heels have won two of the last three in this series, but the Blue Devils hold a 6-4 edge over
the last 10. Totals are 4-5-1 over that time frame. Duke is a 9-point home favorite for this contest,
and we expect them to win the game. However, we’re looking for North Carolina to keep it closer
than expected and cover.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -9 (-110)

Christopher Feery

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