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)
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