2018 College Basketball: Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels February 08, 2018 by Marc Jerbs

On Thursday, the Duke Blue Devils will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in an ACC match up at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Game time is set at 8PM ET.

Duke who are losers of two of their last three games will try to find its groove when they meet North Carolina. With a loaded lineup this season, the Blue Devils are struggling in defending their opponents. Their full-court and swarming defense is still off while their half-court defense is just the bright spot.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski knows that there are issues with Duke's vaunted defense and these are issues that could be fix as the season progresses. North Carolina has also some pressing concern this season. They have lost three of their last four games with a lone victory against the lowly Pittsburgh.

Tar Heels' coach Roy Williams believe that they could get their much needed win against archrival Blue Devils if they rebound well and get to the free-throw line more they have a chance to beat Duke. Duke has a dominant interior players while North Carolina has an edge at the backcourt.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed Duke as the favorite to beat North Carolina on Thursday night.