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Duke vs. North Carolina Tonight


By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

In one of the best rivalries in all of sports, Duke will travel the 8 miles to Chapel Hill to play against the Tar Heels tonight. Duke, ranked #1 in the country, will be facing a young, but aggresive North Carolina team. Currently, the line is at -5 for Duke, but this game really is a pick em. Why? Hansbrough matches up very well against Shelden Williams on the inside. Tyler has had huge games against the other good ACC centers and actually has shot almost as many free throws as JJ Redick. With his ability to create contact and Williams' magnetic attraction to being in foul trouble, Hansbrough may have a huge game tonight. As always, the key for Duke will be if Shelden can stay out of foul trouble.

The above brings me to my next statement - the consistency of JJ Redick. When you can basically count on 25 points from a perimeter player every game, you know he's arrived as a premier player. I look for JJ to have a big game since it will be a transition battle with UNC pushing the pace and JJ getting some open looks against the young UNC team. This is going to be a thriller folks and definitely a game to tune into.