Preview: Duke's perspective

Jack DalyMarch 3, 2012 

Duke vs. No. 6 North Carolina, 7 p.m. today, ESPN

Hoping for repeat outcome

Duke's ACC fortunes surged when it went to Chapel Hill at the beginning of February. A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers at the buzzer completed a 10-point rally by the Blue Devils in the final 2 minutes, 30 seconds and sealed a surprising win.

Neither Duke nor UNC has lost since, setting the stage for tonight's game.

The Blue Devils made 14 3-pointers in that first game and could use a similar effort tonight. North Carolina's Tyler Zeller had a strong inside performance against the Plumlees, and Kendall Marshall had a decisive edge against Tyler Thornton in the first contest. The area where Duke can feel most confident it has the edge is on the perimeter, and that is an advantage the Blue Devils will want to exploit.

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