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    Carolina Men’s Basketball: primed for perfection

    By Karlton Tate The strongest Carolina basketball team in recent years, complete with phenomenal big men, a deep bench, and a versatile offense, finally appears equipped to dominate ACC conference play and reach the Final Four. The absence of prominent starters throughout the season thus far has granted increased playing time to various other players and positions on the deep Carolina bench. A metacarpal fracture in senior guard Marcus Paige’s right hand sent him to the sidelines for the Tar Heels’ first six games, giving guards Joel Berry and Nate Britt valuable playing time against low-stakes opponents. Likewise, a bone bruise in junior forward Kennedy Meeks’ left knee forced him…

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    What’s wrong with Duke and UNC?

    By Sam Killenberg The perennial superpowers of the ACC have been humbled. On Monday, Duke barely avoided losing on its home floor to Virginia. The Devils led by 11 with less than four minutes to go but needed a serendipitous Cameron bounce on a Rasheed Sulaimon three pointer with 19 seconds left to claim a victory. The escape came at the end of a 10-day stretch that featured road losses to Notre Dame and Clemson. In both games, Duke squandered a big second-half lead to lose. Meanwhile, UNC will have the entire week off to brood on their third straight loss, a 57-45 defeat at the hands of undefeated Syracuse.…

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    ACC Tournament Predictions (A Warm-Up for the Big Dance)

    By Sam Killenberg In a perplexing ACC season, accurately predicting the winners of the conference tournament is next to impossible–but I’m going to try it anyway. Either Duke or Carolina has won at least a share of the ACC’s regular season each of the last nine years, but on Saturday Miami clinched the outright title with a win against Clemson. The ‘Canes will have to face a field of teams that feature tourney locks Duke and UNC looking to tune up before the Big Dance, as well as a trio of bubble teams looking to make a statement that they belong in the field. But top teams can’t sleep on…