North Carolina can wrap up the ACC regular season title outright with a win, while Duke can finish anywhere from 3rd to 7th in what has been the best conference in college basketball this season.
The Blue Devils were able to out-rebound the Tarheels back in February 31-30. In order to spring the upset tonight - Duke is currently a 6.5 point underdog - The Devils will have to compete on the glass and contend with star forward Isaiah Hicks, who was noticeably absent from the first meeting. Fortunately for Duke, forward Amile Jefferson looks healthy and is coming off one of his best games of the season.
"Saturday will be an amazing game," said Jefferson. "We'll have to come out tough and ready to fight."
Freshman standout Jayson Tatum enters tonights contest red hot, having hit 41% from three in his last six games. He's also bidding to join Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor as the only freshmen under Coach Mike Krzyzewski to average 15+ points and 7+ rebounds in a season. (16.1 points, 7.4 rebounds)
Blue Devils Digest will have all the coverage and post game reactions following tonight's contest, which you can watch live on ESPN.
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dean E. Smith Center
Saturday, 8:20 p.m.
ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas)
Series History UNC leads 134-109, though Duke Has won 12 of 16 and 29 of 42 since 1999