North Carolina Tar Heels at Duke Blue Devils
The longtime rivalry continues Wednesday night, as the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils will host the No. 8 North
Carolina Tar Heels. It’s one of the most popular rivalries in all of sports. Both campuses sit just eight
miles apart and have been playing each other for almost 100 years. UNC currently sits No. 3 in all-time
wins and Duke sits right behind them at No. 4. The two schools have combined for 38 of the 65 ACC
tournament titles and 50 regular season crowns, made it to 36 Final Fours and claimed 11 national
championships. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with a 96-83 record. Duke is -9 in this game over
the Tar Heels.
Top Team in the Country
This game will be the first time these two teams meet this season, as they’re also scheduled to play a few
weeks later. Duke is the best team in the country right now at the No. 1 spot and holding a 23-2 record.
They sit atop the ACC with an 11-2 record and come into this game on a 9-game winning streak. They
have gone 13-1 at home this season, with that one loss coming against Syracuse.
When you have a legendary head coach in Mike Krzyzewski, who recently became the all-time winningest
college basketball coach with Duke’s win over N.C. State, you’re destined for greatness. You then have a
trio of studs in Zion Williamson (22.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg), RJ Barrett (22.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), and Cam Reddish (13.8
ppg), who will all be top lottery picks in next years NBA draft. We saw what this team is capable of when
they came back to beat Louisville after being down by 23 points. The trio combined for 62 of Duke’s 71
Tar Heels Legend Themselves
You then have Roy Williams coaching the Tar Heels on the other end of the court. Coach Williams is
currently ranked 7th in all-time wins (862), and while he’s not Coach K, he is still a guy who will have his
men prepared for any matchup. The trio of Cameron Johnson (16.3 ppg), Coby White (15.7 ppg), and Luke
Maye (14.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg) lead the way for this team. Freshman Nassir Little is another young prospect
to keep an eye out for, as he currently averages 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
UNC sits at 3rd place in the ACC with a 20-5 season record and 10-2 conference record. They are coming
off a blowout victory over Wake Forest 95-57, as they now prepare for this Duke juggernaut. They’ve
played well on the road this season with an 8-1 record, the one road loss coming against No. 7 Michigan
84-67. No matter what the odds may be these games are normally close, competitive and come down to
the wire. The Tar Heels have played the Blue Devils more than any other team in school history. They
average 75.9 points per game against Duke and allow 75.7 points per game. An average point differential
Duke Wins Easily
With all of that being said this is a game that heavily leans towards favoring Duke. They are the home
team and stopping Williamson, Barrett and Reddish is extremely difficult. ESPN is giving Duke an 81.1%
chance of winning this game, but history has proven that these games are normally pretty close.
Coverage begins at 8 p.m. and you can catch the game on ESPN. Take Duke -9!