Wednesday’s contest at Cameron Indoor marks the 235th meeting between in-state rivals North Carolina and Duke.
The Tar Heels hold a 132-102 advantage in the series. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. During the 2012 season, Duke won the first match-up 85-84 when Austin Rivers buried a 3-pointer at the horn. North Carolina earned the ACC regular-season title on their second meeting, March 3, 2012, with an 88-70 win at Cameron Indoor.
The No. 2 Blue Devils are 21-2 (8-2 ACC) on the season and undefeated at home, North Carolina is 16-7 (6-4 ACC). Duke forward Ryan Kelly is still out for the Blue Devils and North Carolina forward Joel James has been ruled out with a concussion.
As in any rivalry, it is not about the record; it is about the pride and bragging rights that go along with beating the combatant with whom you share nothing more than bad blood.
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.