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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Who knows the odds of it happening again, but this college basketball season, both Duke and North Carolina will suit up matching sets of 6-10 siblings.

Call it the Brothers Rim.

The Tar Heels will feature freshman twins David and Travis Wear, from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., the same Catholic school that produced USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

They are forwards whose games are nearly as identical as they are, though David may Wear you out faster than Travis. They look so ridiculously the same that often even teammates can only tell them apart by their jersey number. Makes you wonder if they ever switch jerseys at halftime. (If you're guarding them, check for moles. You don't want to think you're guarding Travis when you're actually guarding David.)

The Blue Devils, meanwhile, counter with brothers Miles and Mason Plumlee of Warsaw (Ind.) High School, with a stop at Christ School in Arden, N.C. Miles is a sophomore already at Duke, but freshman Mason, who is 10 pounds lighter and quicker, could really give the heels a flat tire.

So here's what we're going to do. We're going to set up a charity tournament. We'll call it Twenty-Eight Feet Meet. The Plumlees vs. the Wears. Two-on-two at the Durham County/Orange County line, halfway between the two schools. We'll have a set of brother refs, sister cheerleaders and twin coaches.

Winning brothers get to give the losing brothers the usual brother business: one noogie, one wedgie and one loogie on the shoe.

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