North Carolina Basketball: 6 Reasons the Tar Heels Will Own Duke This Year

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North Carolina Basketball: 6 Reasons the Tar Heels Will Own Duke This Year
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Each year, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils go head-to-head in a perennial battle for supremacy in the ACC. Played twice per season, once in Chapel Hill (home of the Tar Heels) and once in Durham (home of the Blue Devils), the Battle of Tobacco Road is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, rivalry in all of sports.

With relatively few exceptions, the series has been competitive each and every year, with each team usually winning one of the two games against each other each season. On occasion, however, one team becomes dominant for a brief period of time. In recent years, North Carolina was dominant over Duke for stretches of the Tyler Hansbrough era, while Duke swept the UNC during the 2009-10 season, when the Tar Heels struggled to a 20-17 season.

This year may be one of those years, and it appears to be North Carolina's turn. The stars appear to be aligning for a potential National Championship run for Roy Williams' squad, and the only opponent standing in their way in the ACC is likely Coach K's Blue Devils.

Here's why the Tar Heels will have no problem dealing with Duke twice* on the way to the National Championships.

*Maybe three times if you count the ACC Tournament, but the reasons are just the same.

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