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Schedule change gives Duke-UNC matchup NCAA tourney feel

Yes, it's still going to be special. But I'm all out of glorious prose about the pomp, circumstance and general revelry regarding act one of this season's "Battle of the Blues." That was left on the cutting room floor back on the Feb. 12. However, that doesn't make this game any less exciting or important, just a little less romantic. So what changes tonight? (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tobacco Road rivalry reignites Thursday in Chapel Hill

The Tar Heels are playing their best basketball of the season. North Carolina is sporting a seven-game win streak, including an 81-75 road win at Florida State on Monday. The win was the 300th for Roy Williams at UNC. UNC holds a 132-104 lead in this series, but Duke has won seven of the last nine meetings. UNC is 60-34 against Duke in Chapel Hill, but just 15-13 in the Smith Center. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige showing off at point guard

Over UNC's recent seven-game winning streak Marcus Paige has been averaging close to 18.2 points a game---close to his season average of 17.2 points per outing---but he's also been a facilitator, bringing the ball up court and setting up his teammates for quality scoring opportunities. In those same seven games, Paige has increased his assists per game to 5.9. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Tyler Hansbrough tackles Mike Dunleavy

Former Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough and former Blue Devil Mike Dunleavy carry the UNC-Duke rivalry to the NBA hardwood as the two get tangled up and go to the floor one night before their former college teams face off. View Video...

Delayed Matchup Finally Arrives

After an eight-day delay thanks to last week's snow storm, North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC) will put its seven-game winning streak on the line tonight when it hosts No. 5 Duke (21-5, 10-3). The game was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but was postponed due to wintry weather in North Carolina last week. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will tip off at 9:10 p.m. in the Smith Center. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Five Keys to Beating Duke

1. Rebounding: Classic UNC teams always dominate the boards and it is a mainstay of a Roy Williams' coached squad. For UNC to be successful against Duke, they must protect the defensive glass while taking advantage of opportunities on the offensive side. The Heels lead the ACC in both defensive and offensive rebounding and that is a huge advantage. (Carolina Blue)

ACC Basketball Preview, UNC vs. Duke Edition

This game is going to come down to three things: free-throw shooting, Duke’s three-point shooting (and UNC’s three-point defense, of course, which is No. 1 in the league at 30.7% in ACC play) and UNC’s offensive rebounding. The first two factors are going to be largely determined by how well North Carolina can stop the ball and get to three-point shooters. (ACC Sports Journal)

Preview: UNC vs #5 Duke

One potential shift in the outlook of this game stems from the play of Kennedy Meeks against FSU on Monday. Meeks became the first Tar Heel since Sean May in the 2005 NCAA Championship game to score over 20 points on 90% shooting. Given Meeks' inconsistency this season, it isn't fair to expect that kind of effort versus Duke. However confidence can be a vital ingredient. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC vs. Duke Preview

After an eight-day delay, North Carolina and Duke are set to clash Thursday night (9:00, ESPN and ACC Network) for the first time this season. Both teams enter the contest playing their best basketball of the season. The Blue Devils (21-5, 10-3 ACC) have won nine of their last 10 games after a disappointing start to ACC play. The Tar Heels (18-7, 8-4 ACC) are the winners of seven straight. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Kennedy Meeks: Losing weight, gaining momentum

When Kennedy Meeks arrived at UNC, his weight became more of a focal point. He had heard the fat jokes growing up, and had dealt with people talking about his weight throughout his life. Now, conversations about his weight were more serious. Roy Williams was concerned about Meeks’ ability to fit into the Tar Heels’ fast-paced playing style. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Duke-Carolina: The 237th Chapter Pits Two Streaking Programs Against Each Other

Although a week and a day later than originally scheduled due to the winter storm, this game is shaping up to be memorable. Carolina comes into the contest on a roll, winning seven straight contests while Duke has been overwhelming ACC foes, save Syracuse. Head Coach Roy Williams says UNC didn’t let the postponement affect them, picking up two key ACC wins since then. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina-Duke Preview

Let's try this again. After Mother Nature stopped the entire Raleigh area dead in its tracks with a snowstorm usually reserved for Canada (or at least that's how the story will be told years from now by all of those that lived through it), UNC should be able to play their rivals the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Duke, UNC set to play tonight after last week's postponement

Roy Williams went into last week's pregame meal thinking a winter storm wouldn't prevent Duke from getting to the Smith Center for the latest installment in the rivalry. Eight days later, the Blue Devils are finally making their way to Chapel Hill. "The frustrating thing is that you go through all the junk on game day and the stress and everything and then you don't get to play," Williams said. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Weather delay does not subdue rivalry hype

There won’t be nearly 22,000 students ringing the Smith Center court or an epic battle between the Tobacco Road boys in blue as a ferocious winter storm rages outside. Instead, eight days after originally scheduled, Duke’s bus will finally pull up in front of the Smith Center to unload the No. 5 Blue Devils for their first date of the season with North Carolina. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kennedy Meeks Developing Down Low

Like most freshmen, Kennedy Meeks’s progression has followed a noticeable arc since the season opener less than four months ago. There’s plenty of work left to be done, but his improvement has offered a glimpse into his potential. It took Meeks all of five games to showcase his considerable talents as a Tar Heel. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
Tue, Dec 1, 9:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
Sat, Dec 12, 5:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Kent State76
at Pitt85
Virginia Tech82
at UAB77
Saint Louis0
at Louisville0
8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(5) Duke0-05-1
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(12) Virginia0-05-1
(15) Miami0-05-1
(17) Notre Dame0-04-1
Florida State0-04-1
Georgia Tech0-04-2
NC State0-04-2
Wake Forest0-04-2
Virginia Tech0-03-2
Boston College0-03-2

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