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You rarely find much middle ground along the short stretch of Tobacco Road that separates ACC basketball rivals Duke and North Carolina. It is public school versus private school; Coach K versus Roy; dark blue versus light blue. But this year, after several seasons of dark blue supremacy, there seems to be agreement emerging along the fabled basketball boulevard about at least one thing -- the shades of blue seem to be evening out quite a bit.
Heels, devils rekindle fire
The News and Observer

As rivalries go, the history and hysteria that surrounds Duke-Carolina has no match.
UNC-duke: Expect Cameron to be rockin'
The Durham Herald-Sun

There's something special about it and, naturally, there's always much more curiosity over the first meeting of the season between Duke and North Carolina -- especially when it's in cozy Cameron, the place UNC guard Raymond Felton likened to "a big high school gym."
Nothing compares to the aura of the hottest ticket in town
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina and duke will play today Once again, first place in the ACC is at stake. Once again, national rankings and NCAA Tournament implications are involved.
Heels, Devils set for heavyweight bout
The Winston Salem Journal

How do you stop J.J. Redick from scoring? Simple, North Carolina coach Roy Williams says. Find a 6-foot-11 player with tremendous quickness who's great at getting around screens.
Heels, Manuel to get defensive with Redick
The Greensboro News and Record

It has the look and the feel of a classic Duke/North Carolina game. It wasn't supposed to. Tonight's meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 7 Duke contains the elements to make it another memorable night in Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball.
Rivalry: Round 1
The Burlington Times-News

Duke guard J.J. Redick is the ACC's leading basketball scorer for many reasons. North Carolina senior Jackie Manuel has made 23 consecutive starts for the Tar Heels because of his defensive ability. Their matchup is one reason to watch tonight's much anticipated showdown - No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
UNC, duke set to renew heated rivalry
The Fayetteville Observer

As Duke and North Carolina get ready for their first showdown as top-10 teams since March 11, 2001, we examine college basketball's greatest rivalry from all angles
This should be good
The News and Observer

So how exactly do you prepare for one of the fastest offenses in college basketball? How do you get ready for a point guard who can best be described as a blur? "You've got to kind of use your imagination," Duke forward Shavlik Randolph said.
Duke focusing on transition defense tonight
The Greensboro News and Record

Tonight's game is a matchup of two of the premier coaches in college basketball. Williams and Krzyzewski have combined for 1,167 victories and 14 Final Four appearances
Coaching matchup in the spotlight
The Fayetteville Observer

North Carolina-duke is the lone basketball rivalry that makes the sports world stop. Tonight's game has a twist. North Carolina is favored. The last time Duke was an underdog at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Mike Krzyzewski's back went out.
UNC-duke cures superbowl letdown
The Charlotte Observer

Jackie Manuel chasing J.J. Redick over, under and through screens
UNC-Duke: Matchups to watch
The Durham Herald Sun

North Carolina senior Jackie Manuel asked coach Roy Williams during practice Monday whether he needs to play help-side defense while guarding J.J. Redick. "No," Manuel said Williams told him. "I don't want you to go anywhere. Just stay on J.J." That's exactly what Manuel wants. He is North Carolina's best perimeter defender, and he faces his biggest challenge of the season tonight at Duke.
Manuel's focus: defend, defend, defend, defend
The Charlotte Observer

It's showdown time in the ACC, the 218th renewal of college basketball's fiercest rivalry in which many questions will for the moment be settled when North Carolina makes the 11-mile drive to Duke for tonight's 9 o'clock tipoff.
Who will be the hero?
The Asheville Citizen-Times

The North Carolina Tar Heels are ranked No. 2 in the country, and all but one of their 19 victories came by 10 points or more. The Tar Heels are the nation's highest-scoring team and have a one-game lead in the ACC, arguably the strongest conference in the country. So when North Carolina travels roughly 10 miles tonight to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Tar Heels will be a decided favorite over the No. 7 Blue Devils, who have lost two of their last four and whom injuries and early defections have left as vulnerable as they have been in a decade, right?
North Carolina's Achilles' Heel
The Washington Post

Ten years ago, Duke and North Carolina proved beyond a doubt that records don't matter when the two programs tangle in men's basketball.
Double-overtime battle in 1995 vague memory for current players
The Durham Herald-Sun

The players at Duke often show their commitment to defense by slapping the floor, a largely symbolic gesture made during the transition from offense to defense. On Wednesday, against No. 2 North Carolina, they probably won't have time.
Duke's defense will be challenged against North Carolina
The Associated Press

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