Duke (19-3 SU, 12-10 ATS) travels to Chapel Hill, riding a 4-game winning streak, to play N. Carolina (10-12 SU, 8-14 ATS) at 6 pm EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Seventh-ranked Duke trails Louisville by 1½ games for first place in the ACC. In Tuesday’s 63-55 win over Boston College freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carey is Duke’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 17.8 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Blue Devils sophomore guard Tre Jones is averaging 15.7 points and an ACC leading 6.3 assists. Freshmen Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt are chipping in with 12.0 and 10.9 points per game respectively.
Against Boston College Duke made only 1 of 15 3-point attempts and the Blue Devils trailed for most of the game. Much to the dismay of coach Mike Krzyzewski the team was apparently looking ahead to the rivalry game against N. Carolina in spite of his warning to the contrary. Krzyzewski said “They didn’t listen to me, so they’re in trouble with me. I’ve warned them for two days about it.”
Tar Heels freshman guard Cole Anthony has just returned to the lineup having missed the last two months after knee surgery. Carolina has lost their last two games and Anthony has led them in scoring in both games. He is averaging 19.5 points and 3.5 assists per game for the season but made just 10 of 36 shot attempts in the last two games. A victory over long-time rival Duke would be a highlight to their season in spite of their uncharacteristic losing record.
In the front court forwards Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot are averaging 14.9 points, 9 rebounds and 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds.
Senior guard Brandon Robinson has an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for the next 2-4 weeks.
Duke opened as a 7.5 -point favorite with a total of 149.5