The national polls may say differently, but Duke vs. North Carolina is still the best rivalry in college basketball.
Don’t think so? Just look at how tough the Tar Heels have been on Blue Devils bettors, even in front of the Cameron Crazies.
North Carolina is 6-1 ATS in its last seven trips to Durham and has gone 12-3 ATS and 6-9 SU in Cameron Indoor since the 1997-98 season, including an 88-70 win as a 2-point road favorite last year.
Overall, the road team has been the profitable play in recent Tobacco Road rivalry games, posting a 9-2 ATS mark in the last 11 meetings between Duke and UNC.
The two ACC rivals clash for the 235th time (UNC leads 132-102 SU) and the first this season in Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday, with the host Blue Devils holding down the No. 1 spot in the country and the Tar Heels going unranked since Week 7.
According to the News Observer, this is just the 15th time in the last 68 meetings that either Duke or UNC is unranked. And, since Mike Krzyzewski took over as head coach of the Blue Devils in 1980, an unranked UNC team has visited a ranked Duke squad five times.
The Blue Devils won four of those games straight up, however, went just 2-2 ATS in those four wins, facing an average spread of 17-points. Oddsmakers have posted a spread of Duke -11 for Wednesday’s contest.