How to watch Duke vs. North Carolina live
date: Saturday 3 February | time: 6:30 PM ET
location: Dean E. Smith Center – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
television: espn | Live broadcast: com. fuboTV (Try for free)
When Duke and North Carolina meet on Saturday at the Dean Smith Center, it will be the first time since 2019 that the Blue Devils and Tar Heels will face off in a game in which both teams are ranked in the top 10. Enter a one-game lead over the No. 7 Blue Devils into the loss column in the ACC standings as February dawns with the conference title and the main seed for the NCAA Tournament in contention.
The simultaneous strength of Duke and North Carolina heightens the excitement in what is always a hotly contested matchup. At 16-4 (7-2 ACC), the Blue Devils have won 11 of their last 12 games since falling in their ACC opener at Georgia Tech on Dec. 2.
North Carolina State also lost to Georgia Tech, which upset UNC on Wednesday to end the Tar Heels' 10-game winning streak. The loss halted North Carolina's run as the last Power Conference team was undefeated against league opponents. But the Tar Heels remain unbeaten at home and could extend their lead in the ACC standings to two spots with a win.
These teams split their regular season series last season with the home team winning each game. Now is the time to write a new chapter through tobacco as many players on both sides get their first tastes of the competition.
Duke vs. North Carolina prediction, picks
Odds via Sportsline Consensus
There is a lot of familiarity on both sides as RJ Davis leads the Tar Heels into this matchup while enjoying the best season of his four-year career. He and his in-ring friend Armando Bacot have had their share of battles against Duke. With their leadership, UNC should win this game at home. But the Blue Devils are up against their own grizzled warrior in senior guard Jeremy Roach. They also have a group of very talented freshmen,, and second-year students who have the ability to launch offensive fireworks. Look for Duke to keep this one tight and at least shoot for the upset. Prediction: Duke +4
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