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UNC-Duke Really Is College Basketball’s Best Rivalry

It’s difficult to find a rivalry that combines so many different measurable factors of animosity between two schools. None of the rivalries with an Elo rating in the same neighborhood as the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have played anywhere near as often, nor do any have the physical proximity, nor are any as closely matched recordwise. It’s a set of conditions custom-built for hate. (FiveThirtyEight)

Video: Thank You, UNC Basketball Seniors

North Carolina's senior basketball players reflect upon their achievements on the basketball court and what their four years in Chapel Hill have meant to them. Read More...

UNC vs. Duke Preview

No. 5 North Carolina looks to secure back-to-back outright ACC regular season titles with a win over No. 17 Duke on Saturday. Senior Night tip is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. at the Smith Center. Duke has been walking a tightrope since its last meeting with UNC, recording a 4-2 record over the span with five of the six games being decided by five points or fewer. (Scout.com)

Video: Charlie Scott Played in Greatest New York City Streetball Game Ever

Charlie Scott returns to Rucker Park and reunites with fellow NYC playground legend, Joe Hammond. The two reminisce about the early days of basketball in New York and the playing alongside Julius Erving in the greatest streetball game ever played. Read More...

UNC, Duke took divergent paths to rematch

At worst, it will be another classic game in a rivalry almost eerily predisposed to providing them. Whatever happens against the Tar Heels, Duke will wake up Sunday morning and look at its calendar and get that unmistakable panic in the pit of its stomach. The deadline is here. Finished or not, perfect or not, at some point you have to turn something in. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels know post-Virginia path can work

If No. 5 North Carolina responds in the same manner as it did last year after losing at Virginia, all will be fine with the Tar Heels. Just like Monday night’s defeat in Charlottesville, Va., the 2016 setback to the Cavaliers came on Feb. 27. North Carolina followed that with 10 consecutive victories. Do that again, it would mean a national championship this year. (Burlington Times News)

Sports Illustrated Picks: UNC-Duke headlines intriguing weekend slate

The Tar Heels are a different team than the one that lost in Cameron Indoor Stadium three weeks ago. That night, they were without forward Isaiah Hicks. Also, forward Theo Pinson played but he had missed the previous three games with an injury. Those guys are at full strength, Duke is hobbling, and the game is in the Dean Dome. Pretty easy call. UNC 81, Duke 71 (Sports Illustrated)

Do soft rims exist? Answers found in basketball-style 'MythBusters'

Some players don’t believe in the existence of “soft” rims, but plenty do. Before this season began, Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes said UNC has the softest rims in the ACC. Miami's Davon Reed and Virginia Tech's Allen said they get friendly rolls in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. The numbers back up their claims, or at least give credence to their perceptions. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Audio: Eric Montross discusses UNC-Duke, Meeks, Jackson, Hicks

Former UNC big man and current Tar Heel Sports Network radio analyst Eric Montross recently joined The David Glenn Show to talk about the team’s upcoming matchup with Duke. During the conversation, Montross also discussed Kennedy Meeks’ improvement, the emergence of Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks’ struggles. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tyler Hansbrough hoping to provide punch to Mad Ants

The Mad Ants are hoping Tyler Hansbrough is a fast learner, as the former Pacers forward arrived in Fort Wayne for his first practice with the Ants on Thursday. Hansbrough, the 13th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, is expected to play Friday when the Mad Ants host Westchester. Hansbrough was acquired by the Mad Ants Thursday via waivers. (WANE-TV)

Reduced student interest helped lead to UNC’s partial season-ticket package

Since the 2010–11 season, UNC basketball fans have had nearly a dream opportunity: The chance to be at the Smith Center for all but one home game. It’s nearly a dream because the “Tar Heel Ticket Package” doesn’t include the game against Duke. But the package is the best way for UNC fans who aren’t university faculty or staff or Rams Club members to see multiple home games. (Raleigh & Company)

What to expect when No. 5 UNC faces No. 17 Duke

With one game left in the regular season, here’s what to watch for on Saturday at 8:20 p.m. as the No. 5 North Carolina men’s basketball team (25-6, 13-4 ACC) takes on No. 17 Duke (23-7, 11-6 ACC) for the second time this season. The Tar Heels are looking to clinch their second straight ACC regular season title. (Daily Tar Heel)

A change in perspective: Theo Pinson’s tumultuous ride back

Theo Pinson couldn’t resist. As he flew off the bench to celebrate winning the 2016 Maui Invitational with his North Carolina teammates, he glanced over at head coach Roy Williams, who was giving a postgame interview to an ESPN reporter. He needed to say something. Pinson broke away from the pack, snuck into frame and addressed the camera. (Daily Tar Heel)

There aren’t many true catch-and-shoot players left in the NBA — Wayne Ellington is one of them

Wayne Ellington’s game may not stand out to the average basketball fan. He’s averaged 7.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting over his career. But to those who watch the game closely, the 29-year-old Ellington is a rare breed. There aren’t as many true catch-and-shoot players as there used to be when Ray Allen and Reggie Miller were two of the NBA’s best players. (Palm Beach Post)

Remembering Neil Fingleton

Mag the Mighty roars no more. "Game of Thrones" fans know the giant, who fought in the wildling army, died at the end of Season 4 of the show. And this week, Neil Fingleton, the actor who played Mag, died at his home in England. He was just 36. Whether Fingleton liked it or not, there was another number that defined him. At 7-foot-7, Fingleton was the tallest man in Britain. (WBUR)

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Texas A&M: 86
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Miss St79
at Louisville56
Weatherspoon (Miss St) 19 pts; Spalding (Louisville) 13 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-528-7
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-9
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-922-11
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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