Duke vs. North Carolina: What Tar Heels Must Do to Continue Winning Streak

Tyson AgbayaniCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2013

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 23:  Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts during a win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack during play at the Dean Smith Center on February 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 76-65.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Saturday's big showdown is set, as the North Carolina Tar Heels will be hosting their in-state rivals the Duke Blue Devils

The Tar Heels are currently riding a seven-game winning streak and will be looking to finish their season strong with a win against their nemeses.

With their last loss coming against the Blue Devils back in February, the Tar Heels will no doubt be seeking revenge on Saturday. Let's take a look at what they must do in order to continue their winning streak and get a win against the Blue Devils.


Chase Shooters Off the Three-Point Line

In the Tar Heels' first matchup against the Blue Devils in February, the team did a great job of defending the three-point line, as it limited Duke to just six made three-pointers. The Tar Heels must look to duplicate this effort on Saturday, as the Blue Devils possess a slew of capable shooters.

If the Tar Heels are able to keep the Blue Devils to around six three-pointers again, that may be enough to come away with the win.


Get James Michael McAdoo Going

The Tar Heels will also need a great performance from James Michael McAdoo in order to take down the Blue Devils. In McAdoo's first game against Duke this season, he had a mediocre scoring performance, going 4-12 from the field and putting up just nine points.

The Tar Heels need McAdoo to show up and have a big game. If he is able to get upward of his 15.6-point average in the last five games, the Tar Heels could pull off this upset.  


Limit Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee

North Carolina will have its hands full on Saturday, as it will have the tough task of defending Duke's big men, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee. Since returning from injury, Kelly has come back strong, averaging 27 points and eight rebounds.

If that wasn't already bad enough, the Tar Heels will also have to limit Plumlee. In the squads' first encounter, Plumlee had a big game, putting up 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

The Tar Heels will need to find a way to keep Kelly and Plumlee below their combined average of 32.0 points per game. If the Tar Heels can do that, they could take down the Blue Devils.