A rivalry that has lasted over decades has finally arrived, and the odds are in North Carolina’s favor as they are 3.5-favorites in its rivalry matchup with the Duke Blue Devils.
The two teams met early in February, which resulted in Duke defending their home court 63-57. Despite the loss, North Carolina comes in this match favored, and the reasoning streams from two reasons.
In the first meeting, UNC only attempted three free throws and was dominated in fast break points 20 to 2. However, it is unlikely Duke’s Jeremy Roach will shoot more free throws than the entire North Carolina team again, and UNC’s transition defense has improved since then.
The other reason is simply due to the location of this game. North Carolina is a different team at home, posting a 12-2 record in Dean Dome.
Another bet is the total point spread, with the over/under set at 142.5 points.
This spread is a lower total point than expected, but you do have to account for the anticipated defensive battle between Armando Bacot and Dereck Lively II. The two bigs are the keys to the success for their perspective teams and will have the most significant impact on whether the over or under hits.
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Here is when and how you can tune into the game:
- Date: March 4
- Time: 6:30 p.m. EDT
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)
- Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network
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