The second half of the greatest rivalry in college basketball — and, arguably, the United States — is ready to tip off on Saturday.
Duke (11-8, 9-6 ACC) will look to avenge its earlier loss to North Carolina (14-8, 8-5 ACC) earlier this season in a game that somehow takes on even greater importance as both teams attempt to shore up their March Madness credentials. As incredible as it sounds, a win could go a long way in helping secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A loss could all but end that run.
The first meeting was closer than the 91-87 final score indicated; Duke had a chance to tie the game at 89 — or take a one-point lead — on the team’s final possession with just seconds remaining. An untimely turnover, however, allowed North Carolina to sink two free throws and clinch the hard-fought victory.
Each of North Carolina’s five starters in that game scored in the double digits, but none more than Caleb Wilson, who had a game-high 25 points and team-high seven rebounds. He was lethally efficient from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting 4 of 5 from deep. Kevin Walton was similarly dangerous from 3, going 4 of 4 to account for his 12 points. Roy Moore will likely look to them again as the Tar Heels try to earn its second regular-season sweep of Duke in three years.
Mike Krzyzewski’s squad actually had a better shooting night in the first meeting (.537 to UNC’s .531) but only hit on 11 of 25 3-pointers. And Jalen Johnson, who finished third on the team with 14 points in the matchup, is no longer on the team after opting out the remainder of the season. How that affects Saturday’s matchup remains to be seen, but the Blue Devils are on a four-game win streak since he left.
Sporting News has you covered on how to watch the Saturday meeting between Duke and North Carolina, including time, TV channel and streaming options.
What channel is Duke vs. UNC on today?
Duke vs. North Carolina will broadcast on ESPN on Saturday. The network will also offer a megacast of the game on the ACC Network; viewers watching the game there will get the “All ACC Watch Party: Duke vs. North Carolina.” Former Duke forward Carlos Boozer and Carolina guard Vince Carter will be on the broadcast.
The MegaCasts keep coming. @accnetwork will offer an ‘alternative viewing option’ for Saturday night’s Duke-North Carolina.
Starting at 6 pm ET, the network will offer ‘All ACC Watch Party: Duke vs. North Carolina,’ with ex-Duke forward Carlos Boozer + ex-NC guard Vince Carter. pic.twitter.com/JE7TrIlS5Q
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) March 3, 2021
Streaming options include ESPN.com or fuboTV, which is offering a seven-day free trial.
Duke vs. UNC start time
- Date: Saturday, March 6
- Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Saturday’s game will tip off at 6 p.m. ET in the Dean Smith Center.
Duke vs. UNC series history
Duke and North Carolina have split their last 12 games dating back to the 2016-17 season; that includes a Feb. 6 meeting earlier this year, won by UNC in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That broke a three-game Duke streak; will the Tar Heels start another on Saturday, or will the Blue Devils get revenge?
Below is the full year-by-year breakdown, dating back to 2016-17, of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry:
|2020-21||Feb. 6, 2021||North Carolina||91-87||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||March 7, 2020||Duke||89-76||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||Feb. 8, 2020||Duke||98-96||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||March 15, 2019||Duke||74-73||Spectrum Center (Charlotte, N.C.)|
|2018-19||March 9, 2019||North Carolina||79-70||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||Feb. 20, 2019||North Carolina||88-72||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||March 9, 2018||North Carolina||74-69||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|2017-18||March 3, 2018||Duke||74-64||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||Feb. 8, 2018||North Carolina||82-78||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||March 10, 2017||Duke||93-83||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|2016-17||March 4, 2017||North Carolina||90-83||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||Feb. 9, 2017||Duke||86-78||Cameron Indoor Stadium|