It is Selection Sunday but Duke and North Carolina have a score to settle before either team prepares to go dancing. The two heated rivals have a rubber match meeting this afternoon in Greensboro, but the winner will get more than the season series as the ACC Tournament title is on the line. Game time is scheduled for 1:00pm ET at the Greensboro Coliseum; the contest will be broadcast live on ESPN. NCAA Basketball Odds have Duke listed as a -3.5 college basketball picks favorite and the Over/Under set at 146.
Duke trailed 29-43 at the half in the first meeting of the season between these two teams, but a 34 point effort on the part of Nolan Smith, a 3 to 1 college basketball prop bets favorite to win Player of the Year honors, assured that the Blue Devils stayed undefeated at Cameron Indoor. Coach K's squad went on to win the game 79-73.
Less than two weeks ago North Carolina exacted its revenge, controlling the Dukies wire to wire at the Dean Dome to win the regular season ACC title. The Tar Heels dominated in route to an 81-67 victory thanks to a 51 point night from its bench. Freshman Harrison Barnes led the way with 18 points and five rebounds.
Duke has recovered from that setback with back to back double digit tournament wins over Maryland and Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils were in fine form yesterday, smashing the Hokies 77-63 after Smith posted 27 points and Kyle Singler recorded a 13 point/11 rebound double double.
The Tar Heels extended their win streak to nine games yesterday with a 92-87 overtime win over Clemson in the semifinals. While Tyler Zeller and John Henson had big games for Head Coach Roy Williams, combining for 32 points and 17 rebounds, it was Barnes who powered UNC to victory. The Iowa naive tallied 40 points in 41 minutes of play.
Prior to the Tar Heels March 5th win over Duke, the Blue Devils had won three in a row in this bitter rivalry. Despite Duke's three consecutive wins, North Carolina still holds a 6-4 edge in the last 10 meetings between the two schools.
Duke vs North Carolina Odds 2011 NCAA Basketball Picks:
Duke Blue Devils -3.5 (-110), Over 146 (-110), -165 (Moneyline)
North Carolina Tar Heels +3.5 (-110), Under 146 (-110), +150 (Moneyline)