Duke vs. UNC Preview & Prediction: Who Wins The Rematch?
Mar 05 2017 by Kelly Saunders
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The No. 17 Duke Blue Devils and No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels will continue their feud on Saturday (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN), as the two schools will face one another for the 244th time in their historic rivalry.
UNC (26-6, 14-4) had already clinched the outright ACC regular-season title, but the result was significant for Duke (23-8, 11-7) since it dropped to the No. 5 seed and did not earn a double bye in the ACC tournament. I'll see Florida State (today) and at times, I think they can make a run because (Xavier Rathan-Mayes) can do anything, then you got (Jonathan) Isaac and (Dwayne) Bacon on the wings; look out.
In the final 10 seconds of UNC men's basketball's 90-83 win over Duke, people began rushing out of Top of the Hill Bar and Distillery to get to Franklin Street.
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When the two squads last met on February 10, Duke walked away with an 86-78 victory as guard Grayson Allen poured in 25 points and Kennard 20 more. The line falls between Wake Forest, which appears in, and Georgia Tech, which is on the wrong side of the bubble at the moment. The Friars and Musketeers need to survive road games against St. John's and DePaul, respectively. The Blue Devils emerged from another rash of injuries with a lineup that at least vaguely resembled the one that had people heaving championship expectations their way, and that group almost beat a future No. 1 seed on the road. Cal and USC have the best shots.
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The Missouri Valley, Atlantic Sun, Ohio Valley and Big South will play their conference championship games this weekend as the first automatic Tournament bids are handed out. 14 handed Syracuse a 72-55 win in Durham. They were on a four-game winning streak with all of those wins coming by double digits.
There was individual redemption for a player who felt he let his teammates and fans down the first time UNC played the Blue Devils last month and one that had to watch that earlier game from the sidelines because of an injury suffered at practice 24 hours earlier. The Orange beat Miami 70-55 on January 4 at the Carrier Dome. Florida State is an iffy favorite given their shaky road play. If Duke can repeat their efforts in this area, they will win. Despite scoring just 43 in the loss to Virginia, the Tar Heels still average 85 per game.
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