Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina Tar Heels

Duke Blue Devils Preview

The Duke Blue Devils, who have won four games in a row since a two-game slide, visit North Carolina on Saturday for their third consecutive road game. Duke has used freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. as its go-to player in the post. The Blue Devils’ perimeter shooting has been erratic, perhaps characterized by a 1-for-15 mark from 3-point range in a victory at Boston College on Tuesday.  

The 63-55 decision gave Duke its second victory this season when scoring fewer than 70 points. The Blue Devils have put freshman swingman Wendell Moore Jr. to extensive use in his two games back from surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand. He has averaged six points in 27 minutes during those contests. 

North Carolina Tar Heels Preview

The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost two both of their games since the return of freshman guard Cole Anthony, who missed almost two months because of minor knee surgery. North Carolina fell 65-59 at No. 8 Florida State on Monday without senior guard Brandon Robinson, who sustained a sprained ankle on Feb. 1 in the final minute of the one-point loss to Boston College and is out two to four weeks.  

North Carolina’s 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference record is the same as its 11-game mark in the 2009-10 season, which was the last time the Tar Heels missed the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina has lost four of its past five ACC home games.