132 -104 Carolina leads the all-time series.
UNC has 29 ACC regular season titles to Duke’s 19.
Duke has been more successful in the ACC tournament winning 19 to UNC’s 17
North Carolina has 5 NCAA tournament titles, Duke has 4.
Last 10 years…
Duke has won 13 of the 22 meetings.
Duke has won 7 of the last 9 meetings with the Heels, including the last two.
This year’s resumes…
|18-7 overall||20-5 overall|
|Key wins:||Key wins:|
|#3 Louisville (currently #11)||#22 Michigan (#20)|
|#1 MichiganState (#13)||#18 Pittsburgh (-)|
|#11 Kentucky (#18)||Virginia (#14)|
|#25 Pittsburgh (-)||UCLA (#23)|
|Key losses:||Key losses:
|#2 Syracuse (#1)||#5 Kansas (#8)|
|Texas (#19)||#4 Arizona (#4)|
|Virginia (#14)||#2 Syracuse(#1)|
By Tank Spencer
Both teams come into Thursday’s showdown in Chapel Hill having won 8 of their last 9 ballgames. #5 Duke is on the road at unranked North Carolina. The last time an unranked North Carolina team beat a ranked Duke opponent was in Chapel Hill in March of 2003.
The past month has been a struggle for both teams, despite the wins. Duke lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Syracuse and since then has had some close battles that shouldn’t have been. They overcame a big obstacle last weekend when they survived against long-time nemesis Maryland. Duke sits where they should, ranked in the Top 5.
North Carolina has turned its season completely around in the last month. The only loss they suffered since mid-January was at the hands of Virginia, now ranked #14 and taking the ACC by storm. The Tar Heels have won some ugly games, but won none-the-less. That streak includes a win over then 25th ranked Pitt. North Carolina is not ranked, but maybe should be. Their resume certainly speaks for itself now that the wins far outweigh the losses.
Duke has not played well on the road much this season and the hotter hand seems to be with the Heels. We'll see if the defense-first Tar Heels can pull one out against the more talented Devils. Were this game being played in Durham, I'd take Duke for the win. However, it's not and I'm leaning Carolina by 1.