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February 7, 2012

Duke-UNC Capsule

Game Previews
Duke vs. North Carolina
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

9:00 pm, ESPN/ACC Network/ESPN3
ESPN: Dan Schulman (Play-by-Play), Dick Vitale/Jay Bilas (Analyst)
ACC Network: Tim Brando (Play-by-Play) & Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Chapel Hill, N.C.
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
Tar Heel Sports Network | SiriusXM | Watch Online
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Duke-UNC Series: Carolina leads the all-time series with Duke, 131-101. Carolina has beaten Duke in seven of the last 12 meetings between the two schools. Duke has won four of the last five after UNC had won six of seven in the series prior to the 2009-10 season. Carolina has played a Duke team coming off a loss five times in the Roy Williams era. The Tar Heels are 3-2 in those games. UNC is 60-32 against Duke in Chapel Hill and 15-11 in the Smith Center. The Blue Devils have won eight of the last 13 in the series in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heel wins in that span were in 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2010-11. When the first Carolina-Duke game of the year is in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels are 0-4 in the Williams era. The last time the Tar Heels beat Duke at home in their first meeting of the season was on Feb. 5, 1998. Carolina is 38-36 against Duke teams in the Mike Krzyzewski era. Duke has won 21 of the last 31 games in the series. Carolina and Duke have accounted for 36 of the ACC's 58 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championships, including 19 by Duke and 17 by UNC. Carolina and Duke are No. 1 and 2 all-time in the ACC in wins, ACC regular-season wins, ACC Tournament wins and NCAA Tournament wins. Carolina has won the ACC regular-season title 28 times, including five of the last seven seasons. The Blue Devils are second with 19 regular-season crowns. Either Carolina or Duke have played in the NCAA Final Four 22 times in the last 31 seasons (Carolina in 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2009). Both teams reached the 1991 Final Four. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils have won eight national championships in the last 30 seasons, four by each school (Carolina in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009). Carolina has won 18 NCAA regional championships and played in an NCAA-record 18 Final Fours. Duke has played in 15 Final Fours. Sports Illustrated on Campus named the Carolina-Duke rivalry the No. 1 "Hottest Rivalry" in college basketball and the No. 2 rivalry overall in its Nov. 18, 2003 issue. The Sporting News called Carolina-Duke "the greatest rivalry in American sport" on Feb. 9, 2009. Since the ACC expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1991-92, UNC and Duke both have finished in the top three of the conference standings 13 times in 20 seasons.
19-4 (6-2)

Ranking: #10 AP, #9 ESPN
Mike Krzyzewski
846-229 at Duke; 919-288 Overall
North Carolina
20-3 (7-1)

Ranking: #5 AP, #6 ESPN
Roy Williams
245-65 at UNC; 663-166 Overall
Austin Rivers
14.5 ppg
Seth Curry
12.6 ppg
Harrison Barnes
17.3 ppg
Tyler Zeller
15.3  ppg
Mason Plumlee
9.7 rpg
Miles Plumlee
5.9 rpg
John Henson
10.0 rpg
Tyler Zeller
9.6 rpg
Seth Curry
2.6 apg
Quinn Cook
2.2 apg
Kendall Marshall
9.8 apg
Dexter Strickland
2.1 apg
Duke-North Carolina Notes      

*North Carolina's Tyler Zeller has five double-doubles in his last seven games and over that span is averaging 17.4 points and 11.4 rebounds.

*Duke's Austin Rivers, a five-time ACC Rookie of the Week pick, is averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game ... Johnny Dawkins was the last Blue Devil freshman to lead the team in scoring back in 1983.

*North Carolina sophomore guard Kendall Marshall has handed out 10-or-more assists in 10 games this season and leads the ACC in assists per game (9.8)

*Carolina has won five games in a row and 14 of its last 15 entering a week when it will face backto-back ranked opponents in No. 10 Duke and No. 19 Virginia.

*Wednesday's game will be the Tar Heels' third this season against a team ranked in the Top 10 of  the AP poll. UNC went 1-1 in the first two of those games, beating No. 9 Wisconsin at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and losing by a point at top-ranked Kentucky. Carolina is 16-10 against top-10 teams in the Roy Williams era.

*The Tar Heels have gone 23-4 in their last 27 ACC games, closing 2009-10 by winning two of three conference contests, going 14-2 in 2010-11 and starting this season 7-1.

*Duke has not lost back-to-back games since February of 2009. The Blue Devils are 14-0 following a loss in that span (does not include season-ending loss in 2010-11).

*The Blue Devils have a +14.6 scoring margin in their last 14 games following a loss. Duke has posted a double-figure win in 10 of the 14 contests.

*Duke is one win shy of reaching the 20-win plateau for the 16th consecutive season. The Blue Devils have won 20 or more games 26 times under Mike Krzyzewski.

*When coming off a loss this season, Duke averages 80.7 points per game. Mason Plumlee averages a double-double at 15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in those three contests, while Ryan Kelly (14.3 points) and Austin Rivers (11.7 points) both average double-figures when coming off a loss.

Team Notes by ACC, Duke & UNC Athletic Communications

LINE: Carolina favored by 6 points      

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