Duke is hurting right now, and so is North Carolina. One team's misery will get worse today.
BOUNCING BACK: UNC, Duke both coming off tough losses
The Winston Salem Journal
Remember the Tar Heels' eight-point rally in the final 17 seconds at Carmichael Auditorium in 1974?
History tells us UNC vs. Duke will be ‘as good as it gets'
The Asheville Citizen-Times
They tried all sorts of things to get Hansbrough to describe what it might be like tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium when the slipped-to-No. 5 Tar Heels visit slipped-to-No. 16 Duke in what is certain to be a high-priced ticket for those who, at least this morning, don't have one.
Hansbrough enjoys challenge at Cameron
The Durham Herald Sun
Throughout the course of the college basketball season, opposing coaches often comment on how hard Duke and UNC play -- even though the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels don't always have to play so hard to win, given their typical talent level.
'How can you have more passion than a hundred percent?'
The Durham Herald-Sun
Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson have stayed in close contact this week, which is nothing new.
Best friends and former high school teammates, the college freshmen communicate with each other almost every day via phone, texting or e-mail. They're typical buddies who went their separate ways for college, but with one small difference: They're key players in the biggest rivalry in college basketball.
Last year, Duke's Gerald Henderson and UNC's Wayne Ellington shared their high school's backcourt; tonight, they're foes on one of basketball's biggest stages
The Durham Herald-Sun
Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams can do angry. Anyone who watches the Duke and North Carolina men's basketball coaches prowl the sideline in an important game can testify to that. But even though both teams are coming into tonight's game after losses last weekend, neither coach has opted for the fire-and-brimstone approach in pregame preparations.
UNC-Duke: Calm before the storm
The Greensboro News-Record
High above the ground, players cheered on the chartered plane as North Carolina returned from its basketball victory at Arizona.
The Tar Heels players were watching a replay of the game's telecast, but they weren't cheering for a dunk or 3-pointer. They were seeing coach Roy Williams' national TV advertisement for Coca-Cola for the first time.
Success a big seller
The Charlotte Observer
When Duke tried to rally from a late-game, 12-point deficit last March, North Carolina's young players automatically looked to senior David Noel for inspiration.
Devils, Heels look for leaders
The News and Observer
This North Carolina vs. Duke basketball game, at first glance, doesn't look as sexy as usual.
It's not one of those No. 1 vs. No. 2 throw-downs that have made the rivalry so glamorous in years past.
Matchup in Cameron has intriguing twist
The News and Observer
If you're a hoops junkie like North Carolina coach Roy Williams, it's back-to-back days of can't-miss basketball and the Duke-Carolina rivalry.
Fans will be able to get their fill of North Carolina-Duke rivalry
The USA Today
One is the former Trinity College renamed to honor one of the early pioneers of the Tobacco industry after his son made a hefty donation in his name.
The other is the nation's first public university to open its doors to students all the way back in 1795.
An author of one of the more recent accounts of the heated exchange between the two sworn enemies compared their feud to a marriage held together by vast indifference.
UNC-Duke rivalry seeded well in Tobacco Road roots
The Aiken Standard
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough didn't really know the magnitude of the rivalry with Duke growing up in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He did when he moved to Chapel Hill.
So when a prankster affixed a Duke sticker onto the bumper of Hansbrough's black Dodge truck, parked in front of a movie theater, last year's consensus freshman of the year was so mad he couldn't express it Tuesday, months after the incident.
The rivalry returns with all of its glory
The Rocky Mount Telegram
If Duke-Carolina has emerged nationally as the college basketball rivalry that stands second to none, then Vitale in some ways can thank himself for being the most vociferous national proponent, a megaphone who doesn't even need the Tar Heels and Blue Devils to be playing to tout the passion of the series.
Vitale lends passion to UNC-Duke rivalry
The Fayetteville Observer