The greatest rivalry in college basketball will add another chapter to its history this week, when Duke hosts North Carolina on Wednesday. With both teams firmly inside the top 10 rankings, it should be an exciting showdown in Durham.
North Carolina rebounded nicely from its loss to Virginia with a 38-point victory over Wake Forest. The Tar Heels have much-needed experience in Luke Maye and Cam Johnson, but its the freshmen pairing of Coby White and Nassir Little really making the difference for the powerhouse program.
Duke is also led by its young core, which is anchored by Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. While those two prospects gain most of the attention from NBA scouts, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish are equally important for the team’s success.
Considering that the Blue Devils are riding a nine-game winning streak, the odds won’t be leaning in the Tar Heels’ favor.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, Duke has an 81.1 percent chance of winning the first meeting between these rivals.
Mike Krzyzewski has coached his team to multiple wins over ranked opponents in the past few weeks, and defeating the Tar Heels would just add to this impressive season for the Blue Devils.
It shouldn’t shock any basketball fans if North Carolina and Duke are battling down to the final seconds. After all, the two sides are evenly matched on the offensive end.
Do you think Duke will continue its reign as the top team in the country?