(4) North Carolina 62

(27-3, 11-3 ACC)

(1) Duke 67

(29-0, 14-0 ACC)

    4:00 PM ET, February 25, 2007

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    #4UNC 30 3262
    #1DUKE 35 3267

    Top Performers

    North Carolina: I. Latta 19 Pts, 2 Reb

    Duke: A. Bales 16 Pts, 12 Reb

    No. 1 Duke always has plenty to play for against fourth-ranked Tar Heels

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke has already wrapped up the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, has spent six weeks atop the national rankings and is a virtual lock for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

    But finding motivation certainly won't be a problem for the Blue Devils in their regular-season finale -- not when the opponent is No. 4 North Carolina.

    "Regardless of what our record is, it's always going to be a big game," Duke guard Abby Waner said Friday. "That's what happens when you're 10 minutes down the road from each other."

    Duke (28-0, 13-0 ACC), the nation's only unbeaten team, can complete the first perfect regular season in school history on Sunday with a victory.

    The Blue Devils -- who have clinched the ACC regular-season title for the eighth time in school history -- also are chasing their first regular-season sweep of North Carolina since 2004 and would welcome the jolt of momentum generated by another win over the Tar Heels (27-2, 11-2).

    "Someone actually told me, 'You know, if you were going to lose a game, you should have lost it early, because now there's no option to lose at all," guard Lindsey Harding said.

    Duke's campus is buzzing about women's hoops at a level usually reserved for the three-time national champion men's team.

    The game is sold out, Duke's second sellout of the season. And by Friday afternoon 10 tents had popped up in the tent city known as Krzyzewskiville -- temporarily renamed Goestenkorsopolis after women's coach Gail Goestenkors -- as students soaked up the unseasonably warm temperatures as they camped for tickets.

    "It shows how far women's basketball has come, especially at Duke," Harding said.

    But the Tar Heels don't figure to be intimidated by noisy Cameron Indoor Stadium. They've won two straight on the Blue Devils' home floor and relish the chance to avenge a 64-53 loss on Feb. 8 -- especially star guard Ivory Latta, who was pressured into 3-for-20 shooting and went 0-for-11 from 3-point range.

    "I always love playing in Cameron. I'm happy about it, excited," Latta said. "I definitely know we're going to have a great game plan -- Coach is going to give us a great game plan, and (now) we're going to work on it from there. But I'm definitely excited. I'm always excited to play in there."

    Duke's victory in Chapel Hill, which came in the second 1-vs.-2 game in series history, snapped a five-game losing streak to its biggest rival and removed the mental block that perhaps followed the Blue Devils ever since Alana Beard graduated in 2004.

    "That was the one team that people doubted us with," Waner said. "After we beat Maryland and beat Tennessee, people were like, 'Can they do it against Carolina as well?' ... It did feel good to get that win, but we've already learned from it as well."


    Gameday Matchup

    Avg Points85.576.5
    Avg Points Allowed55.151.6
    Home Record21-117-1
    Road Record9-213-0
    Current StreakW3L1

    School Info

    Conference ACC ACC
    Nickname Tar Heels Blue Devils
    Type Public Private

    2006-07 Season

    Feb 8, 2007 DUKE 64, @UNC 53Recap | Box Score
    » Feb 25, 2007 @DUKE 67, UNC 62Recap | Box Score

    Starting Lineup

    UNC (PPG)
    DUKE (PPG)
    NA  L. Pringle NA  A. Bales
    G  R. Mccants NA  C. Gay
    NA  E. Larkins NA  L. Harding
    NA  C. Little NA  W. Smith
    NA  I. Latta NA  A. Waner