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Duke and North Carolina meet Saturday for the third time this season.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat North Carolina in Final Four rubber match?

The stakes have never been higher for No. 2-seed Duke and No. 8-seed North Carolina, with the two sides facing off Saturday in the Final Four in New Orleans for the first time in NCAA tournament history. With a spot in the national championship game on the line, here's who our beats predict will come out on top.


Big man Mark Williams has recorded at least three blocks in each of Duke's NCAA tournament games.
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Beats' picks: Can Duke men's basketball down Arkansas and move on to Final Four?

Duke comes in as a four-point favorite in this Elite Eight matchup against Arkansas in San Francisco. At the end of this one, the winner at Chase Center will come away with a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans and a chance at putting their team in the college basketball record books.


After suffering an ankle injury late in the game against Michigan State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Griffin was good to play Thursday during his Wednesday press conference.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat Texas Tech in the Sweet 16?

Duke will face off against Texas Tech at 9:30 p.m. at Chase Center in San Francisco, and given the way these two teams match up and the one-point spread in favor of the Red Raiders, all signs point to a nail-biter. Let's see who our beats pick to move on to the Elite Eight.


Freshman forward Paolo Banchero posted 17 points and 10 rebounds in Duke's first-round win against Cal State Fullerton.
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Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball get past Michigan State and move on to Sweet Sixteen?

Duke enters its Round of 32 matchup as 6.5-point a favorite and has a tough draw against Michigan State. The Blue Devils last played the Spartans in the 2019-20 season and won, but the last time these two squads met in the NCAA tournament, Michigan State came out on top. Let's take a look at who our beats think will be moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.


Duke's current roster features a mix of freshman and veteran talent.
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'It's just different': Duke men's basketball enters uncharted territory in return to the NCAA tournament

Since the beginning of the one-and-done era, Duke has been criticized for its lack of experience. Year after year, Krzyzewski has brought in some of the country’s top high school talent, just for those players to leave after a single season. Now, Duke’s rotation features a more diverse lineup, with three freshmen, two sophomores, a junior and a graduate transfer.


Our beats open up their brackets and break down their picks in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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VIDEO: A look in at our beats' NCAA men's basketball tournament brackets

After an exciting start to the NCAA men's basketball tournament already, the Round of 64 finally starts Thursday. Our men's basketball beats opened up their brackets at the link here. Check out how far they have Duke going and who they have cutting down the nets in New Orleans. 

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