The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels meet for the 259th time in one of college basketball's most storied rivalries in ACC action on Saturday night. The Tar Heels (15-7, 7-4 ACC), who have won two in a row and four of the last five against Duke, have been red hot, winning four of their last five overall, and six of eight. The Blue Devils (16-6, 7-4), who have won two in a row and all 11 home games this season, are 46-39 against North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Tar Heels are just 2-4 on the road this year.
The game from Durham, North Carolina, will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils are 3-point favorites, according to the latest North Carolina vs. Duke odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 145 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows the Blue Devils are led by freshman forward Kyle Filipowski, who scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 38 minutes against Wake Forest on Tuesday. Over the last six games, he is averaging 21 points and 11.8 rebounds, including five double-doubles, with a career-high 29 points at Virginia Tech on Jan. 23. Filipowski is the only freshman averaging 15 points (15.8) and nine rebounds (9.5) this season. He is a seven-time ACC Rookie of the Week, and was the first player in ACC history to open a season with four consecutive ROW awards.
The model also knows Tar Heels senior forward/center Armando Bacot has been dominant this season. He is averaging 17.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He is connecting on 56.6% of his field goals. Bacot is North Carolina's all-time leader in rebounds (1,240) and double-doubles (62). He set both records on Jan. 21 against North Carolina State, breaking Tyler Hansbrough's rebounding record and Billy Cunningham's mark for double-doubles. He also holds the school record for games with 10 or more rebounds with 69.
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