Previewing Round 1 of the UNC Basketball program's 2023-2024 rivalry series vs. Duke

The highly-anticipated first installment of this year's rivalry series between the UNC basketball program and Duke will take place in Chapel Hill on Saturday night.
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The greatest rivalry in sports is set to renew on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, as the UNC basketball program will host Duke in the first of two regular season meetings between the two foes.

Saturday, February 3, 2024. UNC Duke Round 1. . 441. 6:30 PM EST. 16-4. 434. ESPN. 17-4

This one has the makings of being another historic game between the two bitter rivals, as both teams come into this one among the top-10 ranked teams in the country.

To add to it, they are separated by just one game in the conference standings, as this game could have huge implications as to which team finishes on top of the ACC come the end of the regular season.

Of course, Round 2 could ultimately be the deciding factor, but for now, let's just look at the current facts!

After losing to Pittsburgh on January 20, Duke has gotten back on track with three straight victories. For the Tar Heels, they were red-hot, winning 10 straight games before suffering a loss at Georgia Tech earlier in the week.

A win for the Blue Devils would put them atop the ACC standings, while a win for the Tar Heels would give them a bit of a cushion in the conference standings.

Let's take a deeper look into Saturday night's matchup.