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ESPN's Early Prediction For Next Week's Duke-UNC Game

Marvin Bagley reacts during game against Evansville.

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 20: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the Evansville Aces at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 20, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Here's an early prediction for next week's Duke-UNC game.

We're about a week away from the biggest rivalry game in college basketball. Duke and North Carolina are set to meet in Chapel Hill next Thursday.

No. 19 UNC is set to host No. 4 Duke at the Dean Dome. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Lately, the Tar Heels have been struggling. UNC has dropped to 16-7, 5-5 in the ACC.

North Carolina has lost three straight games, including losses to unranked NC State and Virginia Tech. UNC is banged up and playing poorly on both ends of the floor.

Duke, meanwhile, has won six of seven. The lone loss came at home by two points to No. 2 Virginia.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has released its early prediction for the rivalry game. It likes the Blue Devils.

The BPI is giving Duke a 56.1 percent chance to win the game.

ESPN's prediction for Duke-UNC.

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