Thursday, January 31, 2008
Duke and North Carolina Tested?
Boston College @ North Carolina
The Tar Heels have a week off and my guess is that Roy Williams did a lot of defensive work in that week. The week off also allowed Tyler Hansbrough to take off all the band-aids on his face. You could Bc in the same class as anybody not named Duke or North Carolina (and maybe Clemson) in that you are not really sure what you are going to see - Maybe it is a 30 point win over Wake Forest, maybe it is a home loss to Virginia Tech. The Eagles will have to play their best game of the year to beat North Carolina and that still might not be enough. I like the Heels by 10-15 points.
Prediction: North Carolina
NC State @ Duke
Duke has quietly ascended to the #3 team in the country with their only loss coming on a Pitt 3 pointer at the end of the game. I think Duke won't finish quite that high, but they are certainly improved over last year. But lets get back to NC State who is so up and down you never what you are going to get. They lose at home to GeorgiaTech, beat FSU on the road after being down nearly three touchdowns. They do not play well at PG and Duke will smell like a shark smells blood. I think Duke presses NC State into a double digit halftime deficit that grows into a 20 point win.