Duke vs UNC Predictions & Picks for NCAA Basketball Rivalry Game 2020

By David Hayes
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams shakes hand with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams shakes hand with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Duke vs UNC Prediction

The Duke Blue Devils look to remain within striking distance of the Louisville Cardinals in the ACC standings when they hit the road to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the return of college basketball's greatest rivalry series this Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. And despite facing the Heels at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill, Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are likely to open as heavy favorites, when betting odds for the matchup are released on FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're thinking about making a wager on this game, it's always wise to consider what some of the industry experts are saying first. With that in mind, here are a few expert predictions for this Saturday's Tobacco Road Rivalry game between Duke and UNC.

Duke vs UNC Expert Picks

ESPN Expert Picks
ESPN's panel of four college basketball experts aren't uniform in agreement on this one, but the group is leaning toward Duke.
- Myron Medcalf: Duke
- Jeff Borzello: Duke
- John Gasaway: Duke
- Jordan Schultz: North Carolina

ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI) Matchup Predictor
The ESPN FPI Matchup Predictor heavily favors the Blue Devils in this one, giving Duke a whopping 87.4 percent chance of beating the Tar Heels outright.

FanSided (Keeping It Heal)
Zack Pearson, of FanSided's Keeping It Heal, is picking Duke to come out on top in Chapel Hill this Saturday, calling for a 78-70 final in the Blue Devils' favor.

Overall, five of the six experts highlighted above are predicting Duke to win this one outright.

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