Monday, February 4, 2008

Duke - North Carolina Rivalry

The college basketball season officially started back in November. It got a little more exciting when conference play started, but now we can really look ahead towards March Madness because North Carolina and Duke finally meet. It is not new for these teams to be ranked in the top 5 (Duke - 2, UNC - 3). The winner of this game will have first place in the ACC and will be one step closer to a number 1 seed. It is certainly the greatest rivalry in college basketball and some say it is the best rivalry in all of sports largely due to the fact the schools are less than 10 miles apart.

Last season, North Carolina swept the Blue Devils though both teams regular season finale wasn't without conflict. With the game in hand, Duke's Gerald Henderson fouled North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough giving Hansbrough a blood nose; Henderson was subsequently suspended by the conference. Nearly a year later,
Henderson is anticipating the rematch.

One x-factor will be if North Carolina's Ty Lawson will be able to play after injuring his ankle against Florida State on Sunday. Roy Williams said he will not know Lawson's availability until after Tuesday's practice.

Check back on Wednesday for my prediction.

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