UNC Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in Tobacco Road Showdown

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UNC Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in Tobacco Road Showdown
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On Saturday night, the world will be watching one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports when Duke travels to Chapel Hill to take on UNC. It will be the final guaranteed showdown of the season between these archenemies, and viewers should be in for quite the show.

In the Tar Heels' first game using the small lineup, they essentially went blow-for-blow with the Blue Devils in the extremely unfriendly confines of Cameron Indoor. In the end, it was a loss, but North Carolina's performance on that night was shockingly spectacular.

Now the new lineup has six more games under its belt, and it has the pleasure of playing in front of its home crowd at the Dean E. Smith Center. But Duke has also has Ryan Kelly back, who was unavailable for the first meeting.

There is never a lack of storylines when these two teams do battle.

Which situation is more favorable on Saturday? Is it the experience of UNC's starting five? Or is it the return of the versatile Kelly?

We won't know for sure until Saturday night.

In order for the Tar Heels to show they have gained the advantage, they will have to exploit Duke's few deficiencies and make the best of every offensive possession. That will take smart basketball, and the five keys I have laid out will certainly put UNC on the right track.

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