The road hasn't been friendly to North Carolina basketball this season. UNC was shellacked in Miami on Saturday, and the trip runs right through Durham, N.C.
There is no delicate tape at the end of this finish line, just a sea of blue Duke fanatics, encased by the impenetrable stone walls of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Excluding the Maui Invitational, the Tar Heels are just 2-6 away from the Dean E. Smith Center. And though they will only be 10.7 miles from their comfort zone, these young players will quickly learn this is nothing like home.
This is Oz, and Nike didn't provide the team ruby slippers for this trip.
Carolina will have to scratch, claw and fight its way to a victory on Wednesday. Bloody noses are a part of this historic rivalry. The Tar Heels must harness their inner Psycho T, get up off the floor and keep scrappin'.
If they can do that, and follow these five keys to victory, they just might have a shot at pulling off their most unlikely upset of the Blue Devils in years.