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Analysis: How the UNC and Duke men's basketball wings stack up

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Photos courtesy of Daily Tar Heel photographers Lara Crochik and Jerome Ibrahim and Chronicle photographer Morgan Chu.

While both the Tar Heels and and Blue Devils are typically known for dynamic guards and strong forwards, this year has seen the wings consistently bring it offensively. 

Here is a breakdown of UNC's experienced perimeter players, as well as the more youthful group from Duke:

Cormac Ryan

Ryan, the 6-foot-5 Notre Dame transfer, has been one of the key player for the Tar Heels this season. The New York native is more than a 3-point shooter — he's a leader.

As a sixth-year who has transferred twice, Ryan's experience allows him to make quick decisions and demonstrate strong defensive skills against opponents, as well as act as an impassioned example for the rest of the team — whether it's speaking up in huddles or kicking over water coolers in practice.

Ryan is averaging 10.9 points per game and shooting just under 38 percent from the field. Since the start of the new year, he's found his place behind the arc, draining 30 percent of his shots from three. Ryan is a skilled combo guard who can both shoot and post up if needed against smaller players like Blue Devil guard Jeremy Roach.  

Harrison Ingram

A junior transfer from Stanford, Ingram has settled into his role at UNC — especially from behind the arc, where he is currently shooting 40 percent. 

Head coach Hubert Davis has relied on the 6-foot-7 forward — who he has dubbed a "complete player" — to get to the rim both offensively and defensively. Ingram ranks only second behind Armando Bacot in rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game.

The pair work cohesively on the boards, which will force the Blue Devils to battle the dual threat that Bacot and Ingram bring to the lane.

Mark Mitchell

Mitchell, a sophomore forward for the Blue Devils, had a late start to the season after an ankle injury but has taken off since his first appearance against the Arizona Wildcats in November. The lengthy 6-foot-9 forward and versatile defender brings a strong physical presence to the court and does not shy away from driving toward the paint and drawing fouls inside. 

Mitchell's height allows him to cover ground and work around all parts of the perimeter. Despite this, he's been inconsistent from a distance, shooting a dismal 15.4  percent from behind the arc. 

The forward missed several games earlier this year with a knee injury, but returned to full force against Louisville on Jan. 23 and scored eight of Duke's first 17 points against the Cardinals. 

TJ Power

Power, a 6-foot-9 forward, can come off the bench and shoot efficiently from behind the arc, as evidenced by his 42.9 3-point percentage.

The Massachusetts native is also known for getting the ball off the glass and dishing it out quickly. Power only averages 7.6 minutes per game, but if Duke finds themself in foul trouble, head coach Jon Scheyer knows he has a sharpshooter who can come in, work the perimeter and get to the rim defensively.

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