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ESPN Updates Its Duke-UNC Prediction

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Here's an updated prediction for Thursday's Duke-UNC game.

We're a couple of days away from one of the biggest college basketball games of the year. Duke and North Carolina are set to play on Thursday night.

The No. 9 Blue Devils are set to travel to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 21 Tar Heels at the Dean Dome. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. E.T.

Both teams have been struggling a bit lately. Duke was upset over the weekend and fell out of the top five.

North Carolina, meanwhile, has been a disappointment most of the season. The Tar Heels are just 6-5 in the ACC, 17-7 overall, after their national title season in 2017.

ESPN has released its early prediction for the game. It likes Duke, but only slightly.

The Basketball Power Index gives Duke a roughly 52 percent chance to win the game. Here's the official pick:

Duke has a 52.7 percent chance to beat North Carolina.

ESPN probability for Duke-UNC.

Duke and North Carolina are set to tip off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The game will be on ESPN.