Preview: North Carolina's perspective

Andrew CarterMarch 3, 2012 

At No. 4 Duke, 7 p.m. today, ESPN

Plenty at stake for Heels, Zeller in regular season finale

The winner of tonight's UNC- Duke rematch will claim the ACC regular-season title and position itself for a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

With a strong performance tonight, UNC senior forward Tyler Zeller could clinch ACC player of the year honors. The award will be announced early next week, and Zeller enters tonight as the front runner.

He has averaged 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in conference play, and he has been the Tar Heels' most consistently productive player since the start of ACC play. Zeller, though, isn't one to campaign for himself.

He said earlier this week that among his priorities, being named ACC player of the year is "right at the bottom of the list."

"It's something that if I won it, it would be a great award, don't get me wrong," Zeller said.

But he said he would rather UNC beat Duke tonight, and then go on to greater things.

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