Duke vs UNC Prediction: Will Coach K Get His Revenge?

Duke takes on UNC in the Final Four on Saturday. Will Coach K get his revenge? Matt McCuen breaks down the game.
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Duke vs UNC Prediction: Will Coach K Get His Revenge?

Saturday night could be one of the best games of all time as the Duke Blue Devils will battle the North Carolina Tar Heels for the first time ever in March Madness. This is arguably the best rivalry in all of sports, and now we get these two teams playing in a final four-game. This heated rivalry goes back decades when they first played in 1920. On January 24th, 1920 the Tarheels defeated Duke by a score of 38-25. I hope no one took the over in that game. The Heels lead the all-time series going 141-115 over Duke.

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Duke vs UNC Prediction

These two teams have combined for eleven national championships, with UNC holding that advantage as well, winning six. Coach K has fared pretty well in his career vs. UNC holding a winning record of 50-47. The majority of these games have been close battles, including the last time these teams played when UNC spoiled Coach Ks final home game defeating the Blue Devils. Duke will have revenge on their minds on Saturday night against this hot Carolina team.

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The Heels entered the big dance as a number eight seed, and some people thought that was being generous. They have proved the doubters wrong, storming to the final four getting impressive wins along the way, including knocking out last year's champion, the Baylor Bears. Head coach Hubert Davis is doing a hell of a job in his first season and will look to set some history winning these final four-game. The Blue Devils are also playing their best basketball of the season. This is a loaded roster that has five players projected to be first-round picks, most notably Paola Banchero. Banchero will be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, and he has shown why all tournament long. The Heels will have to shut him down to have a shot in this game. 

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I am going to back Duke on the spread on Saturday night. I believe the Blue Devils are playing their best basketball that they have all season long and could roll in this spot. Mark Williams is going to be the key guy in this game. I believe he is one of the more underrated players in the nation, and he should make an impact in this game that will be too much for UNC to deal with. I think he shuts down the paint, and Coach K comes up with a plan for these UNC guards. I give Duke the advantage in almost every box and think they take care of business fairly easily on Saturday night. This is also a storybook ending for Coach K to win this game, make the national championship, then go win it on Monday night. I believe in the Blue Devils! 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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