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No. 8 North Carolina and No. 1 Duke renew competition this week

North Carolina mentor Roy Williams set his focus on landing Zion Williamson out of secondary school, just to see him end up down the road at the Tar Heels' greatest adversary.

Williams and whatever is left of the eight-positioned Tar Heels will get a very close see top-positioned Duke's rim-wrecking freshman Wednesday in what's certain to be a foundation-shaking atmosphere at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

'Zion's a different bird, there's no question about that,' Williams said on Monday. 'We tried to recruit him very hard. He's got a combination of skill set that I've never seen before and there is a lot of attention, but he deserves it. He's backed it up.'

Williamson touched base at Duke with a lot of publicity, a 6-foot-8, 285-pound drive who made a huge after with his head-above-the-rim dunks.

He's surpassed even those grand desires by doing likewise things he did to high schoolers against school players. Williamson is directly behind individual rookie R.J. Barrett with 22.4 points per game, grabs 9.2 rebounds and often has more highlights in one game than most players have all season.

He's additionally helped lead the Blue Devils (23-2, 13-1 ACC) to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the third time this season.

Since losing to Syracuse on Jan. 14, Duke has reeled off nine straight successes, including a 23-point rebound triumph over No. 18 Louisville. The Blue Devils climbed a spot to No. 1 this week after Tennessee lost to No. 4 Kentucky.

'It's hard to kind of miss the hype they get, just because it's all over the place, but we try not to pay attention to it,' North Carolina senior guard Cameron Johnson said. 'We go about our own business and we're really confident in the group that we have. But it'll definitely be a big opportunity for us.'

The Tar Heels (20-5, 10-2) had a seven-game series of wins finished by No. 3 Virginia last Monday, however bounced back with a rout over Wake Forest.

North Carolina won two of three against their greatest adversary a year back, including the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in New York.

This competition is as of now a standout amongst the best in games and having the two teams ranked in the top 10, not to mention playing well,

Duke gets a rematch on Saturday against Syracuse and North Carolina has an extreme game against No. 16 Florida State.


Duke-Carolina isn't the main competition game going on this week.

On Sunday, No. 7 Michigan has No. 10 Michigan State with the Big Ten lead likely hanging in the balance.

Both enter the week tied on the conference at 12-3, with No. 15 Purdue a half-game back at 11-3.

The Spartans (21-5) play Rutgers on Wednesday and the Wolverines (23-3) need to move beyond Minnesota on Thursday, so there's an opportunity they won't at present be tied come Sunday.

Despite the records, expect the Crisler Center to be rockin'.


Saturday features four games between positioned rivals.

No. 12 Kansas faces a major test in its offer for a fifteenth straight Big 12 title, playing at No. 14 Texas Tech. The Jayhawks enter the week tied with the Red Raiders for second in the gathering, a half-game behind Kansas State. Kansas won the first meeting 79-63 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The major game in the SEC pits previous No. 1 Tennessee and No. 13 LSU. The Vols dropped to No. 5 in the current week's survey in the wake of losing to Kentucky, which lost to LSU before in the week.

Notwithstanding North Carolina-Florida State, the ACC has a positioned versus positioned diversion between No. 3 Virginia and No. 18 Louisville.

The Cavaliers bobbed once more from a misfortune to Duke with wins over North Carolina and Notre Dame a week ago to stay inside a round of the Blue Devils in the ACC. Louisville endured a troublesome misfortune to Duke by blowing the 23-point lead and nearly had another collapse before holding off Clemson last week.

The only other game between ranked teams this week is Tuesday, when No. 24 Maryland plays at No. 21 Iowa.