UNC Basketball: 5 Keys to a Tar Heels Victory over Duke

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UNC Basketball: 5 Keys to a Tar Heels Victory over Duke
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On Thursday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels (18-7, 8-4 ACC) will take on the Duke Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 ACC) for the first time this season. After a 1-4 start to UNC's ACC season, it appeared this game would mean nothing more than bragging rights.

However, the Tar Heels are currently riding a seven-game winning streak, which has them just a game behind their rivals for the third-place spot in the conference.

Taking down the No. 5 team in the country won't be an easy task for the Heels, though. It will take some serious guts and one of their most complete games of the season to do so. Sticking to these five keys just might earn them a victory over one of the nation's top teams—and North Carolina's greatest rival.

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