The second half of the biggest rivalry in college basketball – and, arguably, the United States – is set to tip off on Saturday.
Duke (11-8, 9-6 ACC) will look to avenge North Carolina's (14-8, 8-5 ACC) loss in this game earlier this season, which somehow holds more significance because both Teams try to shore up their March Madness credentials. As incredible as it is, a win can go a long way to help secure a berth in the NCAA tournament. A loss may end all but that run.
The first meeting was closer than the last issue indicated 91–87; Duke had a chance to tie the game in 89 seconds or on the team's final possession – with only a few seconds left. However, a matchless turnover allowed North Carolina to sink in two free throws and win hard.
Five of North Carolina's goals scored in double digits in that game, but none more than Caleb Wilson, who had 25 points of the game and a team-high seven rebounds. He was deadly efficient beyond the 3-point arc, shooting 4 of 5 from deep. Kevin Walton was equally dangerous from 3, 4 out of 4 points for his 12 points. Roy Moore will likely see him again as the Tar Heels try to earn their second regular-season sweep of Duke in three years.
Mike Krazyvski's squad actually had a better shooting night in the first meet (.537 to UNC .531), but only hit 11 out of 25 3-pointers. And Jalan Johnson, who finished third in the team with 14 points in the match, is not in the squad after selecting the remaining matches of the season. How Saturday's matchup is affected can be seen, but the Blue Devils are on a four-match winning streak as they leave.
Sporting News has you covered to watch Saturday's meeting between Duke and North Carolina, including time, TV channels and streaming options.
Excess: Watch Duke vs North Carolina live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)
Which channel is Duke vs UNC on today?
Duke vs. North Carolina will air on ESPN on Saturday. The network will also offer a megacast of games on the ACC network; Viewers watching the game will receive “All ACC Watch Party: Duke vs. North Carolina”. Former Duke Forward Carlos Boozer and Carolina guard Vince Carter will be on the broadcast.
Megacosts keep coming. @accnetwork Saturday night will provide an ‘alternative viewing option' for Duke-North Carolina.
Starting at 6 pm ET, the network will offer ‘All ACC Watch Party: Duke vs. North Carolina' with ex-Duke forward Carlos Boozer + ex-NC guard Vince Carter. pic.twitter.com/JE7TrIlS5Q
– Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) 3 March 2021
Streaming options include ESPN.com or FuboTV, which is offering a Seven day free trial.
Duke vs UNC start Time
- Date: Saturday, March 6
- To start: 6 PM ET
Saturday's game will be closed at 6 pm ET at the Dean Smith Center.
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Duke vs UNC Series History
Duke and North Carolina have split their last 12 games back into the 2016–17 season; Includes won by the UNC at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in the February 6 meeting earlier this year. That snapped a three-game Duke streak; Will the Tar Heels have another start on Saturday, or will the Blue Devils take revenge?
Below is the full year-over-year break, dating back to the 2016-17 Duke-North Carolina rivalry:
|year||The date||winning team||Score||place|
|2020-21||Feb 6, 2021||North Carolina||91-87||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||March 7, 2020||The ruler||89–76||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||February 8, 2020||The ruler||98-96||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||15 March 2019||The ruler||74-73||Spectrum Center (Charlotte, NC)|
|2018-19||9 March 2019||North Carolina||79–70||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||February 20, 2019||North Carolina||88-72||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||March 9, 2018||North Carolina||74-69||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)|
|2017-18||3 March 2018||The ruler||74-64||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||February 8, 2018||North Carolina||82-78||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||10 March 2017||The ruler||93–83||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)|
|2016-17||4 March 2017||North Carolina||90-83||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||February 9, 2017||The ruler||86-78||Cameron Indoor Stadium|