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The marquee for ACC basketball has been dark most of this season, but the power will be turned on today. Duke and North Carolina will square off for the first time this season in Durham, with the ACC lead at stake and both teams occupying spots in the national rankings. The teams are the past two NCAA Tournament champions, Duke in 2010 and North Carolina in 2009.
Duke to host North Carolina in key ACC matchup
The Winston Salem Journal

While the talented jump shooters from North Carolina and Duke figure to play a major role in tonight's rivalry showdown, the bigger bodies in the paint will have their say, as well.
Duke, UNC could be a battle in the paint
The Durham Herald-Sun

Barnes and fellow freshmen Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock will be making their first trips to Duke in UNC uniforms, but they all are plenty familiar with the rivalry.
Silly freshmen: It'll take more than talk to emerge victorious
The Durham Herald-Sun

Watch tonight. When college basketball's bright lights shine down on Cameron Indoor Stadium for No. 5 Duke's showdown with 20th-ranked North Carolina, Thornton will have very important dirty work to tend to, assigned to stalk North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall across every square inch of Coach K Court.
UNC vs. Duke: Building a contender
The Fayetteville Observer

Eleven months after suffering that humiliating defeat in Cameron, the Tar Heels can move into first place with a victory.
UNC looks to erase memories of last visit to Duke
The Fayetteville Observer

All the tradition and the remember-when-this-happened components of the days leading to a North Carolina / Duke men's basketball game have been reduced, to some degree, to a simple fact. Wednesday night's winner will hold first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference heading into the stretch run of the regular season.
First place in ACC rides on Duke / North Carolina rivalry
The Burlington Times-News

When North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall takes the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday night, the Duke-North Carolina rivalry will dominate his focus. But when he matches up against Blue Devils ball-handler Tyler Thornton - his friend, a fellow freshman, and former middle school classmate - his thoughts might return to an earlier rivalry.
UNC vs. Duke matches friends at the point
The Charlotte Observer

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said he isn't big on statistics. But he can't help but notice the numbers No. 20 North Carolina (17-5, 7-1 ACC) has recorded recently as the Tar Heels prepare to visit No. 5 Duke (21-2, 8-1) at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Blue Devils want to cool off Tar Heels
The Charlotte Observer

Equilibrium is a deceptive thing. By the time something looks out of whack, it may already be moving back into balance. Which is one way of saying that after seven years of imbalance - going both ways - North Carolina and Duke enter tonight's game on relatively equal footing.
Duke, UNC enter game on near equal footing
The Charlotte Observer

So much of the Carolina-Duke rivalry is tied up in the past, a long, glorious history of two storied programs and the great battles and players that evolved from their 229 meetings on the basketball court. But it is the most recent meeting that sticks with UNC coach Roy Williams, an uncomfortable plant in his brain and heart like a toothache or bad dream that won't go away.
UNC-Duke play for 1st place and much more
The Asheville Citizen-Times

Most of the discussion before the bright lights come on tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium will go something like this: Seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith will lead No. 5 Duke (21-2, 8-1 ACC) in a matchup against No. 20 North Carolina (17-5, 7-1) and its surging freshmen Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall. Rightfully so. But don't be surprised if the key to the game ends up being the play of two 6-foot-10 sophomore power forwards.
Duke-UNC game might hinge on big men
The Greensboro News-Record

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams sees a few differences, but there are some similarities between former Tar Heels playmaker Derrick Phelps and current starter Kendall Marshall. It goes beyond the fact both are left-handers.
Marshall, Phelps have similarities
The News and Observer

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