Madness is coming. Men's NCAA Basketball action heats up when The #17 Duke Blue Devils travel to North Carolina to battle the #5 Tar Heels on March 4th at 8pm EST. Rebounding is crucial for the Tar Heels, and they lost to Duke in game 1 when Duke outrebounded them.
Kennedy Meeks, a West Charlotte graduate, and Hough grad Luke Maye have had a big part in UNC clinching at least a share of the ACC regular-season championship this season.
The home distinction could make all the difference for North Carolina, whose 15-0 at the Dean this season-one of only two other ACC teams to be flawless in their own gym.
But to date, the Tar Heels have owned the all-time matchup since 1950.
On one side of the court: Coach K. He is arguably the greatest college basketball mind in the history of the sport.
This game is especially important for Hicks, who missed the opportunity to play against Duke the first time around due to injury. They then routed the Pittsburgh Panthers 85-67 as nine-point road chalk last Saturday before falling to the Virginia Cavaliers 53-43 as 3.5-point road favorites on Monday. North Carolina ranks 11th in all of college basketball in scoring.
After giving up two early runs to the Tar Heels in the first inning, the Pirates were unable to take advantage of a bases loaded situation with no outs in the second inning, as they hit into a double play, and hit a ground out on the next play. The North Carolina Tar Heels are -4.5 over the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. But Kennard and Jackson are close behind with almost identical numbers. The Tar Heels are not pleased with their scoring performance against Virginia, so look for them to come out firing. Jayson Tatum came next with 15 points, 9 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists in addition to a pair of steals and a pair of blocks, while Amile Jefferson added 14 points on a ideal 6 of 6 from the field with 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double. And if they do, she'll join the thousands of other Tar Heels rushing Franklin Street after the game. The UNDER is 8-2 in North Carolina's last 10 games.
Plenty of NCAA Tournament bubble teams get a final chance to make their cases prior to conference tournament time.
At 20.7 points per game, Collins leads all scorers in the ACC during conference play. SU did score two more threes than Duke, but it took them an additional 21 shots to do it. Duke is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 trips to North Carolina.
Duke forward Amile Jefferson leads the team with shooting 61.9 percent from the field.