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Role reversals make for much more interesting UNC-Duke matchup

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Wednesday’s showdown between UNC and Duke shaped up as a battle between a team secure in its identity against an opponent in the process of trying to figure out who it is. That’s still the case. The only difference as the rivals prepare to face one another at the Smith Center is that the roles have been reversed. (Wilmington Star News)

Brice Johnson remembers his momma’s love every time he puts on his jersey

A mother’s love for her son never dies, but now things are different. She was gone. It was Oct. 11, 2008. Brice Johnson would immortalize the day with his jersey number. “I don’t think a lot of people understand how much that really hurts to lose your momma,” Brice says. “I miss her every day, and then the other days, it’s like, ‘I really need her here right now.’” (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC men's basketball prepares for Ingram, Blue Devils

As if the Tar Heels needs any more motivation against its crosstown rival, the numbers paint a compelling picture. UNC leads the series 133-107, but Duke has claimed 10 of the past 13 meetings. The Tar Heels hold the top spot in the ACC, but the Blue Devils are riding a four-game winning streak. But when No. 5 North Carolina hosts Duke tonight, anything can happen. (Daily Tar Heel)

Long arms are the law with Jackson, Ingram

As North Carolina and Duke head into the first chapter of their annual rivalry Wednesday night, both teams are led by players blessed with loads of length. Justin Jackson for UNC and Brandon Ingram for Duke are both riding hot streaks. Both are blessed with arms that continue to unfold much longer than seems possible – like a hidden code to cheat at the game. (Greensboro News & Record)

North Carolina-Duke Preview

Duke is on a roll, back among the nation's elite and looking to deal North Carolina another defeat at Chapel Hill. Brice Johnson and the Tar Heels are more concerned with widening their lead atop the ACC. The Blue Devils attempt to knock off a third straight ranked opponent Wednesday and prevent fifth-ranked UNC from a 14th straight home victory. (Yahoo! Sports)

Rivalry picks: UNC over duke a unanimous pick

Wednesday's 9pm showdown between No. 20 Duke and No. 5 North Carolina at Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill is both a rivalry game and a huge matchup in terms of how the ACC will shape up down the stretch. The WRAL sports staff weighs in on Wednesday's rivalry game offering their keys to the game and tell you who they think will win. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chapel Hill prepares for rivalry game

Chapel Hill is gearing up for the biggest UNC basketball game of the year and the celebrations that could follow. It is a long-standing tradition that when UNC beats Duke, students rush from the Smith Center to Franklin Street. The Chapel Hill Police Department will increase its presence on Franklin Street to make sure any potential celebrations do not get out of hand. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Duke

The numbers are exactly what you expect. Duke takes 39% of shots from three and hits 39% of those. That, along with 53% inside the arc equates to a gaudy eFG% of 55.2 and an offensive efficiency of 121.9. UNC's defense has been much improved in ACC play (tied with UVa for 2nd in ACC games) but this match-up will test what the Tar Heels can do defensively. (Tar Heel Blog)

Like Kupchak and LaGarde, UNC's Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks running afoul of FT stereotypes

To appreciate how far Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks have come as free-throw shooters, it’s worth noting how far guard Marcus Paige has fallen, in part, because of their improvement. The 6-foot-8 Hicks ranks second on North Carolina’s team, behind only point guard Joel Berry, at 78.9 percent for the season. (Fayetteville Observer)

Previewing Duke

Duke enters Wednesday’s contest with a 19-6 (8-4 ACC) record. The Blue Devils won 14 of their first 16 games to open the season before taking a detour with four losses in five games early in ACC play. Krzyzewski’s squad has since recovered, winning four in a row, including upsets over Louisville and Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels to face familiar face in former recruiting target Brandon Ingram

Since North Carolina coaches identified him as a high-importance recruiting target when he was in the 10th grade, former Kinston High School star Brandon Ingram was a regular in Chapel Hill. “We all kind of got to know him because he was here every other weekend,” Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige said Tuesday. “It felt like we recruited him for five years. ... So he’s a familiar face.” (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-Duke: Battle of Wills on Tap

The latest edition of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry could hinge on which team establishes its preferred method of play in a contest of contrasting styles. Roy Williams often talks of his traditional lineup imposing its will against opponents by utilizing its size on the offensive end. Mike Krzyzewski will counter with spacing and a penetrate-and-pitch strategy. (Inside Carolina)

UNC vs. Duke: Positional Breakdown

Both North Carolina and Duke are coming off statement wins and look to continue their respective winning streaks by defeating their biggest rival. In anticipation of chapter one of this storied rivalry, CarolinaBlue took an in-depth look at the players of each team and compared them side by side. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Tar Heels Ready For Duke Showdown

Marcus Paige, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks & Brice Johnson talk about what they expect to see from Duke and why the rivalry is so important to the team. View Video...

Consistent Brice Johnson becomes top threat for No. 5 Tar Heels

The question hovering over North Carolina's Brice Johnson is no longer whether he's tough and focused enough to follow a good performance with several more while avoiding those curious quiet games that have dotted his career. Now it's whether Johnson can become the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. (Associated Press)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky0
at #6 UNC0
Sunday 5:05 PM
Monk 20.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; Jackson 18.1 ppg, 2.7 apg;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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