Rivalries exist at every stage of sports from high school to the pros. One of the biggest in college sports is renewed tonight when the Duke Blue Devils visit Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The game was originally scheduled for last week, but was delayed thanks to Mother Nature freezing the south and cancelling the game. However, they will finally take to the hard court on Thursday in what should be an action packed game.
Duke enters the game ranked No. 6 in the nation at 21-5 SU and 17-9 ATS. The Heels are unranked but are 18-7 Su and 14-11 ATS.
Duke is 10-3 in ACC play and has the fifth best mark ATS in the country. The Blue Devils are 8-1 ATS over their past 9 games, with the only loss ATS during this period a win over Maryland 69-67.
Jabari Parker the freshman sensation for Duke continues to impress in each game. Parker is now averaging 19 points and more than 8 rebounds per game. Sharing the offensive load for Duke is Rodney Hood who averages 16 points per game and Quinn Cook who is averaging 12 per game.
North Carolina is 8-4 in the ACC and has improved of late. Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks lead the offense for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina is 7-0 SU and ATS over its last 7 games played, which will make for a great matchup in tonight’s game at Chapel Hill.
Most sportsbooks including Bovada and sportsbook.com opened the line on this game with Duke -1.5. Others such as topbet and betonline had the game originally at Duke -2 but have been bet down to the -1.5.
The Tar Heels started slow this season, but have recovered in fine fashion. In the preseason poll, North Carolina was ranked in the top 5 in the nation, but is currently unranked.
Duke has had success against tough opponents this season. The Blue Devils have beaten Michigan State, Kentucky and Louisville. However, the Blue Devils lost to Syracuse on February 1 in overtime in the Carrier Dome.
Some bookmakers have North Carolina sitting at -1.5 a three-point difference from most other lines, flipping the line to North Carolina.
North Carolina will look to force the pace of the game and make it faster than Duke likes to play. The OVER has cashed in seven of the past nine outings for North Carolina.
However, Duke is 6-1 against the number in its last 7 games in Chapel Hill and the UNDER has cashed in 5 of the past 6 games between the two teams in Chapel Hill and 8 of the past 10 overall between Duke and North Carolina.
I like Duke and the UNDER.