Battle of the Blues: Why North Carolina Will Beat Duke Tonight

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Battle of the Blues: Why North Carolina Will Beat Duke Tonight
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This is certainly one of the most, if not the most, anticipated college basketball game of the regular season.

Tonight at 8 PM, the No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels will face off against the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, with the ACC regular season title on the line. The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils are tied at 13-2 in ACC play this year, and the winner of this game will secure the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament.

The Blue Devils were the favorite to repeat as ACC Champions this year, entering the season as preseason No. 1 in both major polls and considered a favorite to contend for the National Championship once more.

The Tar Heels, meanwhile, were coming off their worst season in the Roy Williams era, having been relegated to the NIT and finishing the season with a 20-17 record. This debacle included a 5-11 showing in ACC play, all while watching their hated rivals win their fourth National Championship.

With hot-shot recruits Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall alongside junior Tyler Zeller leading the way, the Tar Heels have overcome early season woes, injuries and player departures to rise to the top of the ACC.

After a 79-73 loss to Duke earlier this year in Durham, in which the Heels led by 14 points at the half, UNC will look to exact revenge at the Dean Dome and return to their old form.

This will be a night of basketball battle, with two extremely talented teams renewing the greatest rivalry in college basketball. When all is said, I believe the Tar Heels will reign supreme in the ACC and gain a huge momentum boost heading toward the Big Dance.

Let's look at how they'll do it.

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