Analyzing Marcus Paige's cerebral approachMarcus Paige, a top priority for Duke heading into Wednesday's rivalry game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, isn't an athletic marvel at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds. The youngest member of an Iowa-based, basketball-minded family, he has used his intelligence to gain an upper hand at every level. Instead of cartoons, he watched recordings of Chicago Bulls games with his father, Ellis. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC-Duke ticket prices at Dean Dome fall to 4-year lowThose who want to catch a UNC-Duke basketball game but are on a tight budget might be in luck this year. The average ticket price for the game in Chapel Hill on Wednesday is $332, the cheapest in any of the past four years by almost 20 percent, according to data from SeatGeek, which serves like a Kayak.com for sporting events. (Triangle Business Journal)
Marcus Paige Thriving in Leading RoleForced to become North Carolina's go-to guy on the perimeter, Marcus Paige has kept finding ways to up his game in the second half. Just don't ask the sophomore how he does it. He can't explain why his scoring and shooting percentages spike after halftime heading into Wednesday's rivalry game against No. 8 Duke. (Inside Carolina)
Video: One Carolina - Anthony's Day at CarolinaA group of UNC students heard about the story of Anthony Hernandez, a 12-year old boy from Morganton, N.C. suffering from Emery-Driefuss muscular dystrophy, and decided to treat him to a special day in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina-Duke PreviewAll but written off as title contenders after an early January slump, the eighth-ranked Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 ACC) enter their heated rivalry Wednesday night with North Carolina on quite a roll. Their only loss in the past month came in overtime at No. 1 Syracuse. They're in the top 10 for the first time since December and are finally playing like the team anointed as the preseason favorite in the new-look ACC. (Yahoo! Sports)
Video: North Carolina vs Duke - The RivalryThe trailer for the ultimate rivalry in college basketball. Player and coach perspective on why the North Carolina-Duke rivalry means so much.
Game On For UNC-DukeDespite forecasts calling for an intense winter storm to descend upon central North Carolina Wednesday---potentially bringing several inches of snow and icy conditions to the region---UNC's annual Tobacco Road battle in the Smith Center with Duke is set to be played at 9:10 pm. For the Tar Heels it's an important week to prove themselves as a top-tier team in the league. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Defending the 3-BallStorylines contrasting Duke's propensity to drain 3-pointers with North Carolina's difficulty in defending the arc represent an annual tradition in this rivalry. It's actually a worthwhile topic this time around. The eighth-ranked Blue Devils lead the country in 3-point field goal percentage (42.0) and rank fifth in made 3-pointers per game (9.7). (Inside Carolina)
Pace can help UNC overcome talentWhile UNC enters the rivalry game against Duke on Wednesday with a less-impressive lineup and a worse season resume, the predicted pace of the game should give the Tar Heels solace. “We love to run. You can tell by our plays that we love to get up and down the court,” senior Leslie McDonald said. “If they run back at us, we’ll be set for defense, but then we’ll run it back.” (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Duke and especially for the job that Mike (Krzyzewski) has done there. It’s a rivalry and from my side, it’s based on respect. So I don’t get into those little [nuances] about who’s the strongest right now or who’s the weakest. We try to play as hard as we can play and as well as we can play." (Inside Carolina)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press ConferenceRoy Williams on the respect he has for Duke, what's been working during the Tar Heels recent win streak, and guarding the three-point line against the hot-shooting Blue Devils.
Video: UNC Basketball Pre-Duke Player InterviewsNorth Carolina's Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald talk about the matchup against Duke before the home game on Wednesday February 12, 2014.
Sean May Interview on UNC-Duke, the Bobcats & His Basketball JourneySean May, 2005 Final Four MOP and former Tar Heel, came in studio to discuss his basketball journey, how he ended up in Chapel Hill, the UNC vs Duke matchup tomorrow, Marcus Smart, being teammates with former ACC rival Julius Hodge, remembering his time playing in the rivalry, Coach K, his favorite game in the rivalry, fat jokes and why the academic issues at UNC hurt him so much. (CBS Charlotte)
Is Wednesday the next chapter in great moments in UNC-Duke lore?The great thing about the Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry is that it doesn’t get old. You can spend a lot of time reviewing all the great games, players, coaches and incidents in the series — which is great fun. But there’s one solid truth to it — you can bet something will happen in one of the two regular-season matchups this year between the longtime ACC powers that will have us talking. (Gaston Gazette)
Tale of the Tape: UNC-DukeDuke's offense is really, really good. The Blue Devils don't turn the ball over, shoot 42% from three and are on pace to blow away the highest offensive efficiency rating ever recorded by KenPom. It doesn't matter they are only a slightly above average offensive rebounding team or 165th in free throw rate. Duke can fill it up in a hurry with multiple perimeter shooters and several versatile big men. (Tar Heel Blog)
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