With conference tournament play underway in NCAA basketball, there is a game between two elite opponents. These teams are the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels. According to the AP poll, both teams are ranked in the top 12 which should result in an extremely competitive basketball game. This season, these teams have split both meetings between them and now each team will be looking to win the season series. Expect this game to be extremely competitive as a result.
Duke’s success is due to its star forward Marvin Bagley III. This season, Bagley is averaging 21.2 points per game along with 11.4 rebounds. Bagley has looked like one of the best players in the country this season and is a serious contender to win the Naismith College Player of the Year Award. Entering this season, Bagley was expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA Draft and that will likely come true if he goes pro after the season. Expect Bagley to have a big game on Friday if Duke plans on winning this contest.
North Carolina’s success is due to its veteran backcourt. Guards Joel Berry, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams have been the leaders of this year’s team and also have boasted impressive stats thus far in the regular season. Berry is currently averaging 17.3 points per game along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Johnson is averaging 13.2 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds per game. Williams is averaging 11.4 points per game along with 3.7 rebounds per game. Both Berry and Williams were on the championship team last season as well as the second place team from two seasons ago. As a result, these guards are the veteran leaders on this team and will look to lead the Tar Heels to a huge conference tournament victory on Friday against the school’s biggest rival.
As for my prediction, I have to side with North Carolina. Although I think that Duke is the more talented team, North Carolina has faced better opponents thus far in the conference tournament which I think will pay major dividends in this matchup. The game should be determined with the battle of the boards since both teams are in top three rebounding teams in college basketball. I think that the Tar Heels will win the rebounding battle and will win this game as a result.
Duke vs. North Carolina: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Duke vs. North Carolina
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Start Time: 9:00 P.M. EST
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
How to Watch Duke vs. North Carolina On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Duke vs. North Carolina Online Without Cable Subscription
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