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Blue Devils, Tar Heels look for edges in rematch

Duke and North Carolina have another matchup with the responsibility of living up to the past. The regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference closes tonight at the Smith Center, where neither team will be crowned the regular-season champion but both sides will try to tune up in positioning for the postseason. “I’m so emotionally drained after some of those games,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of the rivalry with the Blue Devils. (Burlington Times-News)

Paige, Okafor have incentive to play better in this UNC-Duke meeting

Marcus Paige had a shot for redemption near the end of a disappointing performance at Duke. He missed it. Now, with 19th-ranked North Carolina (21-9, 11-6) hosting the third-ranked Blue Devils (27-3, 14-3) in an ACC finale Saturday night, Paige and the Tar Heels have an opportunity to redeem themselves at the end of a difficult regular season. Paige, not Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, was voted ACC preseason player of the year in October. (Fayetteville Observer)

Carolina looks for big success against Duke

There's no hiding North Carolina's offensive game plan to go inside in its second meeting Saturday with Duke. Matter of fact, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is practically inviting it. The Tar Heels scored 62 points in the paint against Duke -- the most it has allowed in four seasons. Krzyzewski said he was going to stick with his four-guard starting lineup that uses Justise Winslow at power forward, which will leave Carolina with a size advantage. (ESPN.com)

Treated as Part of the Team, Regardless of Playing Time

The student managers walked through a heavy glass door, turned right down a hallway and stopped at a door to their left. One of them punched in a code and placed a hand on a handprint scanner. The door unlocked and they walked in. “The keys to the kingdom,” Maggie Boulton, a junior, said of their palms, which grant them round-the-clock access to one of the most hallowed basketball arenas in the country, the Dean E. Smith Center. (New York Times)

Duke at North Carolina, three to know preview

Both teams have played four games since the Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels 92-90 in overtime Feb. 18. In each of the previous five seasons, the Duke-UNC rematch had a larger final margin than the first game. One key difference in this game could be Duke's recent preference for a smaller lineup. The Blue Devils have been starting wing Matt Jones, pushing small forward Justise Winslow to power forward and relegating Amile Jefferson to a reserve role. (Fayetteville Observer)

Some new stars could emerge in Duke-UNC game

At North Carolina (21-9, 11-6), there's been relative stability when it comes to the starting lineup. The Tar Heels have gone with Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in 26 of their 30 games. But several other Tar Heels have seen their involvement fluctuate. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: UNC Seniors Share Memories - 2015

Seniors Luke Davis, Desmond Hubert, Sasha Seymore and Jackson Simmons will play their last home game at the Dean Smith Center against Duke on Saturday. They share their fondest memories of playing for coach Roy Williams and becoming a member of the Carolina basketball family. View Video...

Duke At UNC Memories

To honor the great Dean Smith...I will say it's the first ever game in the Dean Smith Center on January 18, 1986. #1 UNC defeated #3 Duke by the score of 95-92. I sat with my family in our living room just in awe of the new home of Carolina Basketball. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC-Duke finale is meaningful … just not necessarily for the postseason

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday that “it’s always good to win” a rivalry game against Duke, regardless of where or when it happens. His counterpart Mike Krzyzewski would certainly concur. And yet, there always seems to be just a little more emotion and anticipation involved when the Blue Devils and Tar Heels meet every March in their traditional regular season finale. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: UNC Junior Drains $18K Half-Court Shot

North Carolina junior Forrest Reynolds hit a half-court shot during "College GameDay" to win $18,000. (ESPN.com)

Preview & Prediction: #19 UNC vs #4 Duke

UNC pushing the pace clearly bothered the Blue Devils and Duke is still operating with limited depth. On the other hand, the Tar Heels have gotten healthier since February 18th with the return of Theo Pinson. In short, the Tar Heels need to do what they do best which is pound the ball inside, control the backboards and get into transition which leads to easy baskets. Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 78 (Tar Heel Blog)

Jerry Stackhouse launching AAU team in Toronto

Given that so many young Canadians are making an impact in the basketball world, it’s becoming harder and harder to go unnoticed. Well, now you can add Jerry Stackhouse to the list of those realizing that the Great White North is fast-becoming a basketball hotbed. The retired 18-year NBA veteran is reportedly set to establish a new AAU team in Toronto. (SportsNet.ca)

Duke's guards, UNC's bigs main event in Round 2

All jokes aside, the Tar Heels have something nice waiting for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who this season led a men's college basketball team to a win for the 1,000th time. That hadn't been done before. “We're gonna give him a little presentation, something for winning 1,000,” UNC coach Roy Williams said Friday. “That's an unbelievable accomplishment.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Isaiah Hicks battles ‘savior’ complex at UNC

North Carolina has trouble with the savior complex. Highly touted recruits don’t pan out, at least not in their first year, and they’re written off. The expectations soar for five-star recruits with impressive high school résumés and highlight reels. Yet sometimes they soar a bit too high, setting the bar at such an extreme height, not allowing for growing pains and missteps. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press Conference Quotes

Did you bring up the last game in Durham with team, and if so, what were the focal points? Roy Williams: “Yeah we brought it up. Because when we are looking at clips of Duke in our scouting report, what better information can you have than the clips of the last game. We do it in the scouting report like that, but it is not something we spend all the time on." (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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