UNC Basketball: Why Duke Game Is Biggest Opportunity of Season

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UNC Basketball: Why Duke Game Is Biggest Opportunity of Season
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America's greatest college sports rivalry (some would argue its the best American sports matchup in general) resumes Saturday. Duke takes Tobacco Road from Durham to Chapel Hill for the latest installment of a legendary endless battle between these perennial title contenders.

The Blue Devils beat UNC 73-68 earlier this season. That February showdown in Durham dealt North Carolina its third loss in six games.

Circumstances have changed since the teams' first clash of 2013, but the stakes continue to increase. The Tar Heels are riding a six-game win streak, solidified as an NCAA Tournament team, while Duke is the nation's third-ranked squad and still in contention for a top seed in the national tourney.

UNC is playing arguably its best basketball of the winter right now. Another date with Duke should tell us a lot about how far this Tar Heels team has come and what kind of postseason potential it carries into the second half of March.

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