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Game Notes: at North Carolina, March 5, 8 PM, CBS
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Game 31
Duke (27-3, 13-2) 
vs. North Carolina (23-6, 13-2)
Saturday, March 5, 2011 l 8:00 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center l Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Opening Tip

  • Duke (27-3, 13-2 ACC) faces North Carolina (23-6, 13-2 ACC) on Saturday, March 5 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
  • The game is being televised by CBS with Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) calling the action.
  • Duke is ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, while North Carolina is ranked No. 13 in both polls. The Blue Devils are 4-0 on the year against ranked opponents.
  • The winner of Saturday’s game claims the ACC regular season crown and the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
  • Duke has won 45 of the last 49 games entering Saturday’s game with North Carolina. The Blue Devils have won 17 of their last 19 contests against ACC opponents.

Duke-North Carolina Series History

  • Saturday’s game marks the 231st meeting in the all-time series with the first game being played on Jan. 24, 1920.
  • Mike Krzyzewski is 35-35 all-time against North Carolina.
  • Duke has won three straight in the series, including a 79-73 win over the Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this season.
  • The Blue Devils are 11-14 against North Carolina at the Dean E. Smith Center. Duke has won eight of the last 12 games in Chapel Hill.
  • Duke has won 20 of the last 29 games in the series dating back to the 1998-99 season.
  • Saturday’s game will be for one point in the Battle of the Blues presented by Continental Tire. The Battle of the Blues is a season series between Duke and North Carolina with the winner presented with the Continental Tire Cup.

Numbers Game

  • Saturday’s game marks the sixth time Duke and North Carolina have met in the last game of the regular season with the outright ACC regular season title on the line.
  • For the fifth straight year the season finale between Duke and North Carolina will determine the ACC regular season champion. The Blue Devils defeated the Tar Heels to claim a share of the crown last season, while North Carolina topped Duke in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to capture the regular season title.
  • Saturday’s game is the 131st straight game with at least one team ranked in the AP poll. That streak dates back to Feb. 27, 1960.
  • The Blue Devils have won 30 consecutive games in the state of North Carolina. Duke’s last loss in the state was at N.C. State on Jan. 20, 2010.
  • Nolan Smith is averaging 21.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He is attempting to join Dick Groat (1951-52) as the only players in Duke history to average over 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for a season. 
  • Kyle Singler is two points shy of passing Phil Ford for 11th place on the ACC career scoring chart. Singler currently has 2,289 career points and is 20 points shy of moving into the top 10 in scoring in ACC history.
  • Mason Plumlee is averaging 9.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over the last nine contests. He is shooting 70.6 percent (36-of-51) from the field in that span.
  • Kyle Singler is averaging 22.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in the last three contests. He has two 20-point games and a pair of double-doubles in that span.

Duke vs. UNC for the ACC Title
Duke and North Carolina have played five previous times in the regular season finale with the No. 1 seed and outright ACC regular season championship on the line. Duke played fewer ACC games than UNC in 1967 as a result of a dispute with South Carolina.

2/28/58       Duke 59, UNC 46              Durham

3/4/67         UNC 92, Duke 79          Chapel Hill

2/25/78       UNC 87, Duke 83          Chapel Hill

3/3/91         Duke 83, UNC 77          Chapel Hill

3/8/08         UNC 76, Duke 68              Durham

Either Duke or North Carolina have won or shared each of the last eight ACC regular season titles (includes 2010-11 season).

Either Duke or North Carolina have won or shared 18 of the last 21 ACC regular season championships (includes 2010-11 season).