Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating North Carolina in ACC Showdown

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Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating North Carolina in ACC Showdown
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Arguably the best rivalry in all of sports will take place as the Duke Blue Devils host the North Carolina Tar Heels for the 234th time on Wednesday night. 

Duke (21-2, 8-2) will enter with a five-game winning streak following its victory over Boston College on Sunday. The Blue Devils are in sole possession of second in the ACC, as they are two games out of first place. 

For North Carolina (16-7, 6-4), this game will be its second straight away from Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels were crushed by Miami on Saturday in Coral Gables. Five of their seven losses have came on the road, with three of the five coming within conference play. 

Regarding the illustrious series between both teams, Duke has won 22 out of the last 33 games dating back to the 1998-99 season. They also have won nine of the last 15 games in Durham during that span. 

For Duke to continue its recent success, it will have to follow these five keys to victory before adding another number in the win column and staying in contention for an ACC regular-season championship. 

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