CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The regular season ACC championship, the battle for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and good old-fashioned rivalry hate is all on the line Saturday night as the college basketball world turns its attention to the Dean E. Smith Center and the latest edition of the Duke vs. North Carolina.
Duke’s decision to keep star freshman Zion Williamson out for another game has led to North Carolina being favored in the matchup, as the Tar Heels look to sweep the regular season series for the first time since 2009. A win tonight against Duke — with or without Zion — validates the notion that the 2019 team has the opportunity to accomplish everything that ’09 national title team accomplished when postseason play starts next week.
So buckle up, bookmark the page and join us live as we keep you up to date with news, commentary and analysis from one of the biggest games of the year in college basketball.
What time does Duke vs. UNC start?
Tipoff in the Dean Smith Center is set for 6 p.m. ET Saturday night at Chapel Hill. Duke has not won at UNC since 2016.
Duke vs. UNC TV channel, live stream
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, and can be streamed live via the WatchESPN app.
Are tickets still super expensive?
While ticket prices aren’t nearly as pricey as they were for the opportunity to see Zion play in Cameron, as of Thursday afternoon the cheapest available ticket on VividSeats will cost you $1,239. By comparison, ticket prices were running over $3,000 for the first game of the rivalry two weeks ago.
UNC vs. Duke all-time series
North Carolina leads the all-time series, 138-111. The two teams have met as ranked teams a total of 70 times, with the Tar Heels only holding a two-game advantage over Duke (36-34). Over the last 180 games, UNC has outscored the Blue Devils by just 38 points (13,669-13,631), a difference of 0.2 points per game.