Carolina composure: The Tar Heels think they’re ready for the test of nerves that always seems to be a factor in Cameron Indoor Stadium. But keep in mind that Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Leslie McDonald have not played a game in the building, and John Henson has been in one.
If Duke comes out hot, the rattle issue will come into play.
Perimeter shooting: Of late, the Tar Heels have shot with Duke-like accuracy from the outside.
Barnes, Bullock, Dexter Strickland, Marshall and even Henson lit up Boston College’s half-court defense and then duplicated the performance against Florida State.
In its quest to keep the heat on Marshall, the Devils can’t give the shooters any extra operating space. If so, the Heels will beat Duke at its own game.
Duke interior offense: With Tyler Zeller and Henson, the Tar Heels have the edge in the offensive paint.
Duke is used to dealing with that situation, of course, but the Plumlee brothers, Ryan Kelly and Kyle Singler need to limit the damage, particularly on stick-backs by Henson.
- Likely starting matchups:
Kendall Marshall – Nolan Smith
Dexter Strickland – Andre Dawkins
Harrison Barnes – Kyle Singler
John Henson – Ryan Kelly
Tyler Zeller – Mason Plumlee
- My guess: Duke, 77-72.