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Video: Danny Green Dunks on Greg Paulus at Duke 2008

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Rivalry Fueled Tar Heel Recruitments

North Carolina-Duke is among the elite rivalries in all of sports. It’s a must-see event, where viewers from across the globe tune in to watch two schools linked by eight miles and copious amounts of success battle for Tobacco Road supremacy. It’s also a factor in drawing the eyes of young basketball players to Chapel Hill and Durham. (Inside Carolina)

UNC, Duke playing at peak levels entering rivalry game

North Carolina's Justin Jackson says it doesn't really matter what recent games have looked liked for either team when this rivalry happens, and I won't full-force argue that. But the proof is in the play -- both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils enter everyone's favorite game having just played arguably the best games of their respective seasons. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tar Heels look to put their slant on rivalry

UNC senior Marcus Paige has heard references to past Tar Heels standouts and he acknowledges how they’re identified. What matters are national championships, ACC titles and their record against Duke. On that last topic: “I could use a couple more in the win column,” Paige said. The next chance for that comes tonight at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)

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)

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(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
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NC State4-1415-17
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