North Carolina vs. Duke: Full Game Preview
|North Carolina||J Michael McAdoo 14.9||J Michael McAdoo 8.2||M Paige 4.5|
|Duke||M Plumlee 18.2||M Plumlee 10.7||Q Cook 6.0|
On Wednesday, No. 2 Duke hosts North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN or ACC Network. The Blue Devils are 5-4 against the Tar Heels over the last four years. They fell 88-70 on Mar. 3, 2012, the last time they met.
Duke is in second place in the ACC and needs to hold off North Carolina who sit just south in fourth place.
In a 62-61 triumph over Boston College on Feb. 10, Mason Plumlee put up 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 18.2 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 1.7 blocks per game. For the Tar Heels, Reggie Bullock finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds in the 87-61 loss to Miami (FL) on Feb. 9. He is averaging 14 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
North Carolina StatSmack
- Seth Curry is ranked 4th in the ACC in points and 2nd in the ACC in three-pointers.
- Duke players are more experienced than North Carolina players (13,877 minutes played vs. 11,259 minutes played).
- That must sting. Duke has blown out North Carolina by 20 points or more on nine occasions since 1998.
- The Duke three-point leader (Seth Curry, 57 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the North Carolina three-point leader (Reggie Bullock, 54 three-pointers).
- Tyler Thornton is ranked 9th in the ACC in steals.
- Duke has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (84.8 percent to 75.7 percent).
- The Duke rebounding leader (Mason Plumlee, 246 rebounds) has more rebounds than the North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 188 rebounds).
- The Duke scoring leader (Mason Plumlee, 419 points) has more points than the North Carolina scoring leader (James Michael McAdoo, 342 points).
- Duke has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than North Carolina (No. 10 vs. No. 28).
- Mason Plumlee is ranked 2nd in the ACC in points, 10th nationally in rebounds, and 5th in the ACC in blocks.
- AP voters think more highly of Duke and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than North Carolina (203 vs. 159).