Previewing Duke

North Carolina had Duke on the ropes, but fell apart down the stretch in this season's first meeting of the storied rivals. The Tar Heels will get another crack at the Blue Devils Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is schedule for 9 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN. <center> (<a target=new href="">LIVE STATS</a>)</center>

North Carolina (18-8, 8-7) vs. Duke (24-4, 12-3)
Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.
9 p.m., ESPN (Mike Patrick, Dick Vitale)


"I don't find J.J. too much of a threat, besides shooting 3s. If he's off, he's off. If he's not making his shots, then I don't think he's going to be too much of a factor. I think the most dangerous player on their team is Daniel Ewing, by far. Because he's more complete -- mid-range, 3-pointer, drive. He's very explosive, a great defender. He and Luol Deng are pretty much the focal point of the team." -- Rashad McCants

"It's not all about scoring -- it's about what you do, all parts of the game. Duhon plays defense, sets the team up, keeps everybody together, keeps everybody calm. He knocks down big shots when they need it. He can go without scoring a point and maybe have 10 or 12 assists." -- Raymond Felton

"Duke shot 28 percent [in their loss to Georgia Tech] in the first half. Regretfully, I looked back and I haven't found any time where they've done that two games in a row, and I did look. It was one of those nights where if something could go wrong, it did go wrong. Georgia Tech went in loose and shot over 50 percent. ... [Duke] got beat by a pretty doggone good basketball team." -- Roy Williams

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   Chris Duhon (6-1, 185, G, Sr.) – 10.0 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.9 rpg
   Daniel Ewing (6-3, 180, G, Jr.) – 12.0 ppg
   J.J. Redick (6-4, 195, G, So.) – 16.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 43% 3pt
   Luol Deng (6-8, 220, F, Fr.) – 14.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
   Shelden Williams (6-9, 245, F, So.) – 12.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.2 bpg
Key Reserves: 
   Shavlik Randolph (6-10, 245, F, So.) – 7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
   Sean Dockery (6-1, 180, G, So.) – 3.1 ppg
   Nick Horvath (6-10, 250, F, Sr.) – 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg

First Meeting: The Tar Heels were up seven, and had the ball with under five minutes remaining, but three consecutive turnovers fueled a 12-2 Duke run and despite some clutch three-point shooting, UNC would go on to lose in overtime, 83-81. Rashad McCants led all scorers with 27 points and Sean May hauled in 21 rebounds. Shelden Williams was Duke's high scorer with 22 points and 12 boards. For a game recap, including stats, quotes, photos, etc. -- CLICK HERE.

Season Update: Duke's second run through the ACC hasn't been nearly as smooth as the first run in which they were 8-0. Since beating the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils are 5-3, with losses at Wake Forest, at NC State and at home against Georgia Tech this past Wednesday -- snapping their 41-game home win streak.

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Redick ... Williams

Duhon ... Deng

Krzyzewski ... Randolph

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