12 Days and Counting UNC/Duke Basketball Rivalry 2009 Edition

Once again, after only a week, the ACC race is even more up for grabs than it looked like last week.Carolina went to Tallahassee to face Florida State on Wednesday and it was a nail biter…but in True Carolina Blue fashion, the #5 Heels pulled it out at the buzzer 80-77.  (Thank you Ty Lawson) This gives UNC a 4-2 ACC record and 18-2 overall heading into the weekend.

Duke however, was on the opposite end of the buzzer beaters, falling to #6 Wake Forest on a last second layup, 80-78.This gives the #1 Blue Devils a 5-1 ACC record and 18-2 overall.

Can the matchup in 12 days get any closer?This puts the Heels just 1 game back of Duke in the ACC standings and they have identical 18-2 overall records.This could be one for the history books folks!Each team has 3 games before the BIG CONTEST.Of those 3 games, each plays home twice and one away.Up next for the Heels is an away game against a hungry NC State Wolfpack team and Duke’s next opponent is a ravenous Virginia Cavalier team.

Cameron Indoor Stadium

What do you think the records will be for each team come the Duke/UNC matchup?Will one team be stumbling and the other on a roll?Or will both come into the contest riding high.It really doesn’t matter.Both teams will be pumped and ready.

12 Days from now, the intensity of the 2009 rivalry will be at full throttle – “which is the best shade of blue?”And the best part…it all starts over again immediately, the rematch happens on March 8!