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(5) Duke (21-5) at North Carolina (18-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 20, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Duke 14-0, UNC 12-3. Away Record: Duke 4-3, UNC 4-4. Neutral Record: Duke 3-2, UNC 2-0. Conference Record: Duke 10-3, UNC 8-4. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 132-104.

GAME NOTES: One of the greatest rivalries in all of sports will add another chapter to its storied history, as arch rivals Duke and North Carolina collide in an ACC showdown at the Smith Center on Thursday evening.

This game was originally scheduled for last week but moved due to severe weather conditions.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are currently ranked fifth in the country, as they have come together of late with wins in four straight games and nine of their last 10 overall. Duke picked up its 21st overall win and 10th in the ACC with Tuesday's 68-51 road win at Georgia Tech.

Roy Williams' Tar Heels are also playing their best basketball of the season. North Carolina is sporting a season-high seven-game win streak at the moment, including an 81-75 road win at Florida State on Monday to move to 8-4 in the conference standings. The win was the 300th for Williams at North Carolina.

North Carolina holds a 132-104 lead in this legendary series, but Duke swept a pair of games last year and has won seven of the last nine meetings, overall. UNC is 60-34 against Duke in Chapel Hill, but just 15-13 in the Smith Center.

Duke is in the midst of a three-game slate over the span of five days. The team opened up the set with a solid win over the Yellow Jackets in which the visitors never trailed and led by double digits over the final 28 minutes of the game. Freshman phenom Jabari Parker continued his torrid pace, recording a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rodney Hood connected on four 3- pointers and finished with 14 points in the game, while Rasheed Sulaimon checked in with 11.

A potent offensive squad, Duke comes in averaging 81.2 ppg, thanks in large part to its accuracy from long range. The Blue Devils are averaging 9.5 3- pointers per game (sixth nationally) and shooting .416 from behind the arc (fourth nationally). Parker has lived up to the hype and may be the best player in the country despite his youth. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks second in the ACC in scoring (19.2 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.7 rpg). A transfer, Hood has made an immediate impact as well, pouring in 16.2 ppg. Quinn Cook provides a third scoring threat at 12.0 ppg, while ranking third in the ACC in assists (4.9 apg). Further depth comes in the form of Sulaimon (9.3 ppg) and Andre Dawkins (9.2 ppg).

The 3-pointer isn't a prominent weapon in North Carolina's arsenal, but the Tar Heels have been effective at the offensive end of the floor this season, shooting .458 overall, leading to 76.0 ppg. Marcus Paige has elevated his game this year and currently leads UNC in both scoring (17.2 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg). James Michael McAdoo adds balance with his frontcourt play, netting 14.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per outing. Brice Johnson has been a valuable asset off the bench with his 10.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Leslie McDonald rounds out the top scoring threats on the roster at 10.2 ppg.

The Tar Heels trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, but battled back to earn the six-point win in Tallahassee. Freshman Kennedy Meeks netted a career-high 23 points in the win. The effort was certainly needed, as McAdoo, who had scored in double figures in 17 straight outings, failed to register a single point before fouling out of the game. Paige had a strong game, pouring in 20 points and doling out seven assists, while Johnson recorded a double- double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of work off the bench.

While neither team is likely to catch Syracuse or Virginia in the conference race, this is still a yearly event along Tobacco Road. Expect a spirited game on the both sides, but the way Parker has played of late, Duke is likely to earn a hard-fought victory here.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 76, North Carolina 73

02/20 10:44:29 ET

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Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
6th
WAS 2
CHC 0
 
6th
ARI 1
STL 2
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
2nd
HOU 36
GSW 38
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
2nd
ANA 0
CHI 2
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR