Preview: Duke vs. UNC

Duke (19-4, 6-2) at North Carolina (20-3, 7-1)

When:  9 p.m.

Where: Chapel Hill, N.C., Dean Smith Center (21,750)

Fast break:

The Blue Devils have not played well at home of late, but they have

done a nice job on the road, using the energy directed at them by

opposing fans to fuel that solid play. The difference in this game is

that winning at UNC isn’t exactly the same challenge as winning at

Virginia Tech or Maryland, which are the team’s best wins and

performances over the last month. Duke must hit perimeter shots, which

means Andre Dawkins knocking them down early and Seth Curry drilling

them late. The Devils also must hound the you-know-what out of UNC point

guard Kendall Marshall to wear him down because the Tar Heels basically

have no backup. The Heels need to pound it inside using Tyler Zeller

and John Henson to dominate the interior and opportunistically score

from the perimeter. UNC should own the glass, and if it does and gets

into a fast-break fest it could win by a very large margin.

Forecast: UNC, 94-80.

Andrew Jones’ record: 168-43