The college basketball regular season is coming to a close and that means each game is vitally important. Tonight, one of the biggest rivalries of the past 20 seasons takes place in Chapel Hill when the North Carolina Tar Heels host the Duke Blue Devils in an ACC showdown.
The first time the two met this season, the game lived up to its billing and more. No. 3 ranked Duke on the season is 27-3 SU and 16-13-1 ATS. No. 19 ranked North Carolina is 21-9 SU and 16-13-1 ATS.
The current line has North Carolina favored by 1 point with the point total on 156.5.
On February 18, Duke rallied from a deficit of 10 points late in the game to send the game to overtime at home versus UNC. In OT, the Blue Devils pulled out the game 92-90.
Senior Quinn Cook and freshman Tyus Jones scored 22 points each in the game. Brice Johnson scored 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Tar Heels, while teammate Kennedy Meeks scored 18. UNC easily covered as an 8.5-point visiting dog.
That extended the trend in this series of the visiting team covering. The away team is 12-4 ATS over the past 16 games between the two teams.
Both teams were dominant in their last games played. UNC routed Georgia Tech by 32 points on Tuesday and is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games overall.
Duke defeated Wake Forest by 43 points on Wednesday. In its past 10 games played, Duke is 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS.
UNC has won three straight at home over Duke. Last season, UNC rallied to defeat Duke at home 74-66. However, since 1998-99, UNC at home is 6-10 SU against Duke.
Duke will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament, while the Tar Heels are tied with Louisville and UNC can only keep the fourth seed if Louisville loses.
Duke should be a No. 1 seed in one of the four regions in the NCAA Tournament, while it is thought North Carolina will be a No. 5 or 6 seed.
The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the past 7 games between the two teams in Chapel Hill. UNC has covered the number in just 1 of its past 8 games played at home.
There is not much difference between these two teams. A short number on UNC would be a good pick, while the OVER looks even better.