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Carolina And Duke Honor Dean Smith Tonight

North Carolina and Duke continue their storied rivalry in men's basketball tonight. But tonight's match-up in Durham comes 11 days after the passing of legendary UNC coach Dean Smith. Many Duke fans are expected to wear dark blue t-shirts with the name "Dean" in the place of "Duke." (WUNC)

Why Duke-UNC rivalry starts so late this year

So this is what it's come to. The first Duke-North Carolina meeting of the year will occur Wednesday in Durham, N.C., with the ACC regular season nearly two-thirds complete. The return match At this rate, if the date of their initial engagement recedes much further through the calendar, the rivals' home-and-home series will be a doubleheader. (The State)

Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC at #4 Duke

UNC really needs a win here and not just for all the ACC and NCAA seeding ramifications but mainly for confidence's sake. The season doesn't hinge on what happens in Durham tonight. A loss doesn't necessarily mean the Tar Heels go into a tailspin or a win magically rights everything that's been wrong. However, you have to start somewhere. Prediction: UNC 77, Duke 74 (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina at Duke: Loser go home

Rarely does the first meeting of the season between North Carolina an Duke all but eliminate the loser from any chance of winning the ACC title. Yet that is the case Wednesday night for the 239th meeting between the two teams, who will face each other again in three weeks for the traditional season ending battle (March 7 in Chapel Hill). (Asheville Citizen-Times)

North Carolina at Duke Game Preview and Predictions

It’s not just you: The Duke-North Carolina rivalry is played a little later these days. The two Tobacco Road foes meet for the first time on Feb. 18 this season. Last year, they didn’t meet for the first time until Feb. 20. Compare that to years past when the first game generally will be played in early February. The late start doesn’t make the meeting any less interesting. Perhaps even it raises the stakes. (Athlon Sports)

Film room a familiar place for this year’s Tar Heels

The North Carolina men’s basketball team is all too familiar with the film room. At times this season it has offered a pat on the back. It’s been a haven of highlights. But it hasn’t been a happy place as of late. After winning six in a row, the Tar Heels have lost three of their last four games. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marcus Paige: A Different Way Of Life

Roy Williams wasn’t there to see Marcus Paige. That day, the day of the 2009 Iowa 4A state championship game, he was there for Harrison Barnes — the one all the college coaches wanted. Marcus was the quiet freshman, Barnes the attention-grabbing junior. (Daily Tar Heel)

Duke/North Carolina Insider Q&A

North Carolina has faced high quality opponents in Louisville and Virginia and lost to a Pittsburgh team that shot out of their minds (64.9% from the field, 53.8% from three). UNC has the ability and experience to compete and beat these teams, but have been out-toughed and out-worked when it matters. (Carolina Blue)

John Feinstein Discusses Personal Stories About Dean Smith’s Life (audio)

Sports writer John Feinstein called into The Mac Attack to talk about the life and career of Coach Dean Smith including some great stories about him that people rarely knew about him. Feinstein begins his story telling by saying that Coach Smith rarely rode in the same bus as the team on road games. (WFNZ)

Love it or hate it, Carolina-Duke is here to stay as a rivalry

Whether or not you think UNC-Duke is the best rivalry in sports probably depends on how you like your rivalries. If you like good, old-fashioned, pure, unadulterated hatred without a hint of respect, you've come to the wrong place. But if you like high-stakes games between two consistently great programs that respect each other but harbor plenty of dislike for each other, then you've come to the right place. (FOX Sports)

North Carolina looks for answers while Duke seems to be finding them

Heading into Wednesday night's showdown with No. 4 Duke (22-3, 9-3), No. 15 North Carolina (18-7, 8-4) has lost three of its last four. Lineup tweaks and a week off couldn't offset the Tar Heels' injuries and inconsistency during what has been an unsatisfying February. Of the 16 players on the Tar Heels' roster, five are either out for the season or sidelined indefinitely with injuries. (Fayetteville Observer)

Underdog Tar Heels Meet ‘Offensively Balanced’ Blue Devils At Cameron

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team,18-7 overall and 8-4 in the ACC, travels down Tobacco road Wednesday night to renew its rivalry with No. 4 Duke, 22-3 on the season with a 9-3 mark in the league. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will square off in iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9 p.m. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels look to change directions with short trek to Duke

If Duke has it all in gear again, there’s only so many solutions for North Carolina when the teams meet Wednesday night. “They are going to score, so you have to have your offense clicking, too,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “There’s not one key when you’re playing Duke. There’s not one thing, you just have to play your best game.” (Burlington Times News)

UNC-Duke Offensive vs Defensive Breakdowns

Can North Carolina limit the effectiveness of Duke center Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils' outside shooters? Can Duke keep the Tar Heels from dominating the offensive glass? Here's a look the main storylines at each end of the court when UNC faces the Blue Devils on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels have hands full with Okafor

Duke is 22-3 overall, 9-3 in the ACC and ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25. “They’ve just annihilated people, and we understand that,” Roy Williams said. “Offensively, they’ve got probably the best low-post scorer in America.” That would be Jahlil Okafor. “You’re talking about a guy who is 6-11, 270,” Williams said. “He’s a load, but he’s very gifted." (Durham Herald-Sun)

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
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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