Duke vs. North Carolina: 5 Bold Predictions for Rivalry Game

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Duke vs. North Carolina: 5 Bold Predictions for Rivalry Game
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Duke and North Carolina's men's basketball teams never fail to disappoint us.

Rain or shine, sustainable economy or not and no matter who is in the White House, the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels always give us one of the best games that college basketball has to offer each season. That's one of the reasons it's one of the top five sports rivalries of all time, and it's one of the reasons this year's two-game slate won't fail to disappoint, either.

No. 2 Duke has been rolling along as usual this year, with only losses to North Carolina State and Miami on its ledger so far. Mike Krzyzewski's team has overcome a huge loss—forward Ryan Kelly—along the way and will likely have two more meetings against Miami to decide the ACC champion.

It's been a much rougher go for North Carolina, losers of seven games this season and owners of only a 6-4 record in ACC play. The latest loss—a blowout by surging Miami—didn't hurt the Tar Heels as much as it could have in the standings (h/t TheACC.com), and they'll have a relatively light schedule the rest of the way as Roy Williams tries to push this team into the NCAA tournament on a positive note.

When these two teams square off, one thing is sure—fireworks better be on hand. It's prediction time for this legendary showcase, and here are five for Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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