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Mac’s Pick: Heels by Five

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Ok, so I know that me picking your team to win doesn’t always work out well.  But, UNC fans, I feel really good about this one.

Here are my3 reasons why UNC will grab it’s best resume win of the season and knock off Duke on Saturday in the Dean Dome.

1) Confidence- This young UNC team probably thinks they can knockoff the Heat right now.  They have won 6 straight and 12 of 15.  And, they are winning them by an average of over 10 ppg.  Plus, they were right there late in Cameron in the first meeting .  They have to feel like they can do this  in a building where they are 7-1 in ACC play this year.

2) 3 Point Game- I can’t believe I am saying this, but I think the advantage in the perimeter game might go to the Heels. Yeah, it is Duke’s forte to shoot and defend the 3 point line, but look at how well Carolina does those things with this small lineup.  UNC is 42 percent from three in it’s last 6 games (equal to what Duke shoots).  And, the small lineup is holding teams to a 31 percent clip behind the ark.

3) PJ Hairston- He brings a toughness and a swagger that this team had been missing.  And, he is the rare 4 man on Duke’s schedule that matches up well with Ryan Kelly.  He will make Kelly chase him around on defense and when The White Raven flies out to defend the 3, he will drive right by.  PJ will be a huge reason why the Heels win by five.

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