#14 North Carolina vs. #4 Duke

The best college basketball game of Saturday night is the #14 North Carolina Tar Heels facing in-state rival and the #4 ranked Duke Blue Devils.

 

North Carolina @ Duke Preview

duke vs north carolinaThe 23-7 Tar Heels are coming off a 63-61 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 23-7 Blue Devils are coming off a 82-72 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

The Tar Heels are lead by junior James Michael McAdoo and sophomore Marcus Paige. McAdoo is averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Paige is averaging 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

The Blue Devils are lead by sophomore Rodney Hood and freshman Jabari Parker. Hood is averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Parker is averaging 18.8 points, 9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal and 1.4 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For North Carolina:

P.J. Hairston out (suspension).

For Duke:

Nobody currently injured.

 

How North Carolina Wins

North Carolina will win this game if they keep scoring at a high rate. They average 76.2 points per game and that ranks 42nd in the country. The Tar Heels also have to keep rebounding the way they do. They average 40.7 rebounds per game and that ranks 8th in the country. The final thing they will need to do is make their free throws. North Carolina shoots an average of 27.3 per game but they only make an average of 17 per game.

 

How Duke Wins

Duke needs to do what they do best and score. They are ranked 20th in the nation in scoring as they average 79.3 points per game. The Blue Devils will also need to win the rebound battle if they want a better chance at winning the game. They are ranked 156th in the nation in rebounding as they average only 34.9 per game. The final thing Duke needs to do is take care of the ball which they do very well. They only turn the ball over an average of 9.7 times per game which ranks 10th in the nation.

 

My Prediction

Duke is going to try to make this a high scoring game for a better chance at winning. North Carolina is going to try to win the rebound battle and get Duke in foul trouble for a better chance at winning the game. Whichever team accomplishes their goal will have the best shot in winning the game.

I think that this game will be a high scoring game. I think that Duke wins the rebound battle. I think that on their home court Duke wins the game and gets revenge against North Carolina.

Final Score

Duke: 83
North Carolina: 76

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