|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|
North Carolina welcomes No. 3 Duke to Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Tar Heels fell to the Blue Devils 73-68 on Feb. 13 and are 4-6 against them over the last four years.
North Carolina is in third place in the conference and trying to catch second-place Duke. North Carolina has won six straight.
In a 79-68 triumph over Maryland on Mar. 6, P.J. Hairston put up 22 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels. He is averaging 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. For the Blue Devils, Ryan Kelly finished with 18 points and nine rebounds in the 85-57 blowout of Virginia Tech on Mar. 5. He is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Duke is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 15.6 and effective field goal percentage at 54.6.
- Marcus Paige is ranked 3rd in the ACC in assists.
- James Michael McAdoo is ranked 8th in the ACC in points, 6th in the ACC in rebounds, and 4th in the ACC in steals.
- Duke has to pay up to win. The coach for North Carolina has a much lower base salary than Duke ($1,563,938 vs. $4,095,909).
- North Carolina has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Duke (27 vs. 21).
- Since 1998, North Carolina has recruited more Top 10 high school players than Duke (15 vs. 11).
- North Carolina has an average margin of victory of 10 over Duke in 39 wins since 1980.
- P.J. Hairston is ranked 5th in the ACC in three-pointers.
- North Carolina has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Duke ($14,262 vs. $23,059).
- Dexter Strickland is ranked 6th in the ACC in assists and 8th in the ACC in steals.