February 11, 2012 – By Scott
The Duke vs North Carolina rivalry in college basketball is without a doubt one of the most storied of all time. On Wednesday night the rivalry continued in Chapel Hill where the Tar Heels had won 31-straight at home.
However, Duke’s three-pointer as time expired dealt North Carolina their fourth loss of the season, an 85-84 defeat, and ended that long run of wins at home.
“I think once the emotions came down for everybody, we realized it’s not the end of the world,” said guard Kendall Marshall, who had 14 points and eight assists. “We’re going to be fine. It’s just a matter of focusing on the next game.”
The loss left No. 5 North Carolina in a three-way tie for first in the ACC along with Duke and Florida State. How a team responds after a heart-breaking loss can help define the character that will be much needed come tournament time.
The Tar Heels get a chance to get back on their winning ways on Saturday at 1:00 pm ET as they welcome in another ranked opponent, the No. 20 Virginia Cavaliers.
Virgina got a much needed win on Wednesday as they got routed Wake Forest 68-44. This win coming after a tough loss at then-No. 24 Florida State last Saturday which dropped them to third in the conference.
The Tar Heels (20-4, 7-2 ACC) will once again showcase a high-scoring offense that is getting 84.1 points per game. They have three players who are averaging over 14 points per game and are led by Harrison Barnes who is getting 17.7 per game.
They will be tested though against one of the best defenses in college basketball when they face the Cavaliers (19-4, 6-3). Virginia is allowing just 51.1 points per game.
This matchup will obviously showcase one the best offenses against one of the best defenses. NCAA College Basketball Betting Lines have listed North Carolina as 9 1/2 point favorites over Virginia.