No. 3 North Carolina visits No. 6 Duke tonight in the latest chapter of one of college basketball’s most storied and annoying rivalries.
The madness begins tonight at 8 PM CST on ESPN as Tyler Hansbrough looks to improve to 4-0 against Duke in Cameron Indoor.
Carolina has been destroying the opposition lately and has a clear advantage tonight against Duke. Tyler Hansbrough will flourish against Duke’s big men, including Lance Thomas, Brian Zoubek, and Kyle Singler.
Singler has the best chance of slowing down Hansbrough, but he will need to stay out of foul trouble for Duke to stay in the game.
Coach K (I’m not even going to try spelling his damn name) announced yesterday that Greg Paulus will return to the starting lineup, supplanting struggling G Nolan Smith.
Although this move improves Duke’s experience on the floor, North Carolina’s Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington have an huge edge in quickness and talent against the Blue Devil guards.
Singler and G/F Gerald Henderson are very talented players and need to have big games for Duke to have a chance tonight. The Blue Devils must also attempt to get Hansbrough and Ty Lawson in foul-trouble. North Carolina often struggles without Lawson on the court.
North Carolina has the edge at almost every position and is deeper off the bench than Duke. Danny Green has the size and athleticism to match-up with Henderson, and he will also probably defend Singler at times tonight.
I look for the Tar Heels to win in a close game. Cameron gives Duke an advantage, but North Carolina’s experience should combat the dorky Blue Devil fans.