Duke vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview

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Duke vs. North Carolina: Full Game Preview
(3) Duke
(26-4, 6-4 away)
North Carolina
(22-8, 15-2 home)
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Duke S Curry 17.0 M Plumlee 10.2 Q Cook 5.3
North Carolina J Michael McAdoo 14.6 J Michael McAdoo 7.8 M Paige 4.5

On Saturday, No. 3 Duke visits Dean E. Smith Center to take on North Carolina. The game gets underway at 9 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels 73-68 on Feb. 13 and are 6-4 against them over the last four years.

North Carolina is in third place in the conference and nipping at the heels of second-place Duke.

In an 85-57 dismantling of Virginia Tech on Mar. 5, Seth Curry put up 20 points and five rebounds for the Blue Devils. He leads the team with 17.0 points per game. For the Tar Heels, Reggie Bullock finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the 79-68 win over Maryland on Mar. 6. He contributes 6.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 14.4 points per game.

North Carolina StatSmack

  • Duke has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (19 percent vs. 32 percent).
  • Boom! Duke defeated North Carolina by 5 points the last time they played (Feb 13, 2013).
  • Tyler Thornton is ranked 9th in the ACC in steals.
  • Duke has more wins over the last 5 years than North Carolina (178 vs. 173).
  • Duke has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than North Carolina (No. 10 vs. No. 28).
  • The Duke steals leader (Quinn Cook, 46 steals) has more steals than the North Carolina steals leader (James Michael McAdoo, 45 steals).
  • Duke is a better three-point shooting team (41.9 percent vs. 37.6 percent) than North Carolina this season.
  • The Duke rebounding leader (Mason Plumlee, 306 rebounds) has more rebounds than the North Carolina rebounding leader (James Michael McAdoo, 234 rebounds).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Duke has a better overall record than North Carolina this season (26-4 vs. 22-8).
  • Duke has an average margin of victory of 11 over North Carolina in 38 wins since 1980.
  • Duke is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.5 percent vs. 65.8 percent) than North Carolina this season.
DUKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Mason Plumlee 34 17 10 2 1 2 3
A Ryan Kelly 29 15 6 2 1 2 1
A- Quinn Cook 34 12 4 5 2 0 2
A- Seth Curry 31 17 2 2 1 0 1
B+ R. Sulaimon 29 12 3 2 1 0 1
C+ Amile Jefferson 14 5 3 0 0 1 0
C+ Tyler Thornton 22 3 2 2 1 0 1
C Josh Hairston 13 3 2 0 0 0 0
C- Alex Murphy 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Plumlee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Todd Zafirovski 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UNC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Reggie Bullock 31 14 6 3 1 0 1
B+ J. McAdoo 30 15 8 1 2 0 3
B P.J. Hairston 22 14 4 1 1 0 1
B- Marcus Paige 29 8 3 5 1 0 2
B- D. Strickland 27 8 2 4 1 0 1
C Brice Johnson 12 6 4 0 0 1 1
C Leslie McDonald 18 8 2 1 1 0 1
C- J.P. Tokoto 10 3 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Joel James 11 3 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Jackson Simmons 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Desmond Hubert 10 1 2 0 0 1 0
D Wade Moody 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D James Manor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Denzel Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Frank Tanner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Luke Davis 5 1 0 1 0 0 0
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