The two ACC powerhouses will square-off in a contest on Saturday, in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 7:00 p.m. ET and both ESPN and ESPN3.com, will provide live coverage of the game.
Duke (26-4, 13-2) beat their rivals when the teams last met, thanks to a game winner by Austin Rivers and hosts are hoping for a similar result, although they would rather it not coming down the last shot once again.
The Blue Devils also know that the visitors will be seeking revenge this time round.
“They’re going to be ready to play because of what happened last time,” said Rivers. “But so are we.”
Reflecting on his buzzer-beating winner, Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics head Doc Rivers said: “People talk about THE shot. I just look at it as a shot.
“It does give you confidence, and I think after that, I went back to the kind of swagger or confidence I usually have. And since then, that’s what I’ve been playing with.”
North Carolina (26-4, 13-2) have their eyes firmly set on winning ACC and they know that the winner in tonight’s game could very be the conference champ.
Hurt, but not so much disappointed from the first defeat – this time though the Tar Heels mean business.
“At that (first) game, they were not going to give a trophy, and we were still going to play again the next day and the sun was still going to come up,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Friday.
“It was just one game. It’s a little more important this time, because somebody is going to get a trophy.”
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