College basketball is brimming with great rivalry games, but there are some that are simply more special than others. The best games are usually the ones that feature schools with a history of winning championships, which is why it is hard to argue about the Duke/North Carolina rivalry being the best that the sport has to offer. These are two teams that make a habit of winning and who come into every single season among the favorites to win it all again. It is business as usual for both of these teams this season, although there may be one that would appear to have the edge over the other. The Duke Blue Devils are currently ranked #9 in the nation, and while they have taken some unexpected losses this season, they have an offense that is among the best in the business. North Carolina lost in the final to Villanova last season and was expected to contend again this year. At #21, they are lower than a lot of people expected them to be at this stage of the season, but this is still a dangerous team. So let’s review the NCAA Basketball odds as well as other game info.

Duke Blue Devils Vs North Carolina Tar Heels: Game Info

What: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Duke Blue Devils
When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
NCAAB Odds: North Carolina -1½

Why bet on the Duke Blue Devils

The 19-4 Duke Blue Devils are having a rough go of it of late, having now lost 2 of their last 3 games. A defeat at the hands of #2 Virginia was not entirely unexpected but falling to St. John’s on the weekend was something that no-one saw coming. Those losses now leave Duke 4 games back of Virginia in the ACC, so it’s probably fair to suggest that a regular season conference title is now out of their reach. Duke will use their last few games of the season to prepare for the tournament, which means breaking out of this mini-slump and getting back to winning ways, which is easier said than done when the next game up is a trip to UNC. Duke has been good against ranked teams this season, going 4-1 SU in those meetings. They have been money ATS, going 13-8, and are 15-6 O/U, thanks in large part to a killer offensive unit.

Why bet on the North Carolina Tar Heels

If any team needs to get back on their feet coming down the homestretch, it is the North Carolina Tar Heels. They have dropped all the way down to #21 after losing 3 straight games, 2 of which came against unranked opponents. They did snap out of that funk with a dominating win against Pitt, but it’s right back into the fire with this one. UNC is now a very disappointing 6-5 in conference play and really need to get back to winning ways if they are to make any noise in the tournament. The Tar Heels have not had a lot of success against other ranked teams this season, going just 2-4 SU in those big games. They are going to need to be a lot better defensively than they have been of late when they face an explosive Duke offense. UNC are 12-10-1 ATS and 14-9 O/U this season.

Duke Vs North Carolina Game Info

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Current form goes out the window when these two go head to head, as both teams will desperately want to get one over on their rival. I like Duke to come away with the win in a close one.

Predicted Score: Duke Blue Devils 74 North Carolina Tar Heels 72

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