CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — No. 17 Duke travels to No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday night to close out its Atlantic Coast Conference regular season fixtures, live on ESPN and the WatchESPN App, starting at 8:15 PM EST. Watch Live online streaming at

The Blue Devils (23-7, 11-6 ACC) are coming off a close 75-70 victory over No. 15 Florida State on Tuesday night and will be hoping close out league play with another win.

North Carolina (25-6, 13-4), in the meantime, has already locked up the ACC regular season title and is coming off a 53-43 loss at Virginia on Monday night and will be aiming to rebound from that setback heading into the ACC tournament.

Justin Jackson of North Carolina
Justin Jackson of North Carolina on the floor

Duke guard Luke Kennard leads the team in scoring this season and is averaging 19.8 points per game, which is ranked second in conference play.

Kennard is also averaging 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season.

Freshman Jayson Tatum is putting out 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds, Grayson Allen is scoring 14.5 points and Amile Jefferson is putting up 11.2 points and 8.6 boards per contest.

Frank Jackson, who is averaging 10.6 points per game, led Duke in scoring in the last outing with a game-high 22 points.

Meanwhile, swingman Justin Jackson leads North Carolina with 18.4 points per game, while Joel Berry II is scoring 14.7 and Kennedy Meeks is averaging 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season for the Tar Heel.

In the meantime, both Kennard and Jackson are in the discussion to win the ACC Player of the Year award.

In recent head-to-head matchup between Duke and North Carolina, the Blue Devils have held the upper hand after winning five of the last seven regular-season meetings on the road since 2009-10, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

This season, though, Duke has struggled in true road games with a 3-5 record and is scoring 71.9 points per game.

Duke won the previous meeting at home 86-78 on Feb. 9.

However, the Tar Heels have a 70 percent chance to beat Duke on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index.


Milton Blake has been with SportingAlert since first launch. The former college basketball player enjoys covering college sports, with NCAA basketball mainly on his list.

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