There's more at stake in this rivalry game than one fanbase claiming its blue as superior.
Ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the ACC respectively, Duke and North Carolina men’s basketball teams are set to face off in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. With these two teams highly ranked and prized, they have a lot to lose — both for the ACC and NCAA tournament runs.
The No. 9 Tar Heels (22-8, 11-6 ACC) and No. 5 Blue Devils (24-6, 12-5 ACC) look to reclaim their throne as ACC Tournament Champions. For UNC, it has been two years; the Blue Devils are the reigning champions. With both teams suffering brutal loses in the past week, the fate of their tournament runs rest on a win Saturday night.
With a win against Duke, UNC would clinch the No. 2 seed as well as a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. With a loss, however, the fate of Duke and UNC rests on how N.C. State and Clemson finish out their regular season games. Clemson plays Syracuse and N.C. State plays Louisville on Saturday.
Needless to say, because of the parity among the top five seeds in the ACC, a lot of different outcomes can shake out by the conclusion of this weekend.