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  Duke Preparing To Host Improved North Carolina


There are few rivalries in all of sports that are more intense than the Duke-North Carolina in college basketball. On Wednesday night, the two ACC foes will meet up at Cameron Indoor Arena for the next episode and many people are already making their college basketball picks.

dukeThe Blue Devils are the superior team once again but the gap has narrowed from last season. If you might recall, the Blue Devils absolutely hammered the Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor last season, winning by a score of 82-50.

This season, the Tar Heels have come back to life and are 17-5. That’s not as good as Duke’s 21-2 mark but considering the Tar Heels finished just 20-17 last year and started the 2010-11 campaign 4-3, they have made some noticeable improvements.

Duke will once again have a huge edge in experience on Wednesday night because the Tar Heels are still a program that is in rebuilding mode. They have freshmen all over the place whereas Duke is the national champions and they have returned quite a bit of that core.


duke ncaaThe Tar Heels back court will be tested several in this matchup especially when you consider that guard Larry Drew just left the team and they’ll have to contain the ACC’s leading scorer in Nolan Smith. Up front, it should be another matchup of experience versus youth as freshman Harrison Barnes is likely to match up with Kyle Singler.

The bottom line for this contest is that Duke has just far more proven talent and experience than the Tar Heels right now. At this time next year, these two teams could be even but with home court advantage and the other factors mentioned, expect the Blue Devils to win easily but not as easily as they did in this matchup last year.






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