The best rivalry in college hoops takes place again this Saturday, March 5 when the number eighth ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4 ACC) take on the number seventeen ranked Duke Blue Devils (22-8, 11-6 ACC). Te game is at Duke. It takes place at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is at 6:30 pm ET.
North Carolina has gone 5 and 2 straight up in their last 7 games. The Tar Heels go into their battle against Duke off of a 75 to 70 win over Syracuse on Feb. 29. The Blue Devils have gone 2 and 2 straight up in their last 4. Duke had won 5 in a row before going 2 and 2 straight up in their last 4.
A Closer Look at How To Bet North Carolina Tar Heels at Duke Blue Devils College Basketball Odds
Duke is 8-7-1 against the spread in home games this season. North Carolina has gone 3 and 7 ATS in away games this season. The Tar Heels are 12-17-1 overall against the spread.
What: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils
When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Start Time: 6:30 PM ET
Where: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Spread: UNC -1
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: North Carolina vs Duke
Bet The No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels Because…
North Carolina was absolutely horrible from three in the first game against the Blue Devils this season. Yet, they still only lost 73 to 74. The Tar Heels threw up clunker after clunker form the three-point line in the loss on Feb. 17. Marcus Paige went 0 of 6 from three. Joel Berry II went 1 of 3 from three. Justin Jackson and Nate Britt were a combined 0 of 4 from three. The Tar Heels shot 7.7% when going 1 of 13 from three in the loss to the hated Blue Devils.
Bet The No. 17 Duke Blue Devils Because…
Duke doesn’t often lose at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have one of the rowdiest bunch of fans in college basketball. Almost as important is the fact that instead of saving the good seats for the alumni, Duke prefers to have their student body sit almost on the court where they can badger opposing players all game long. Duke has gone 16 and 3 straight up at Cameron this season. The last time that Duke lost a home game was on Jan. 18. Duke has won 5 straight games at home including beating both Louisville and Virginia during the 5 game streak.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
What’s crazy about this rivalry is that the road team usually does well on the other team’s opposing court when it comes to the spread. Last season, Duke pummeled North Carolina on the road as a one point underdog 84 to 77. Duke could only beat North Carolina 92 to 91 in overtime at Cameron as a -8.5 point dog.
Duke figures to be a slight favorite in this matchup. But, North Carolina figures to be much better from the three-point line than they were against Duke in the first game. Marcus Paige is too good of a player to go 0 of 6 again from three. He should hit at least 2 of 6 three point shots in this matchup. I actually like NC to turn the tables on the Dookies on March 5.