DEVILS-HEELS II

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

A regular season that’s been thrilling at times and troubling at others winds down for Duke and North Carolina in women’s basketball Sunday, March 2.

The rival Blue Devils and Tar Heels will play for the second time this season with the game at UNC’s Carmichael Arena today (1 p.m., ESPN).

The last time the teams met, UNC carried a three-game losing streak into the Feb. 10 contest at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But the Tar Heels, behind freshmen stars Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray, beat Duke 89-78 for their first win in Durham since 2008.

No. 14-ranked UNC (21-8, 9-6 in ACC) is on a two-game losing streak entering today’s game with No. 7 Duke.

The Blue Devils (25-4, 11-3 in ACC) have clinched second place in the ACC regular-season standings and will be seeded No. 2 when the ACC Tournament begins on Wednesday at Greensboro Coliseum. Duke won’t play until Friday at 6 p.m.

But the Blue Devils aren’t as strong as they were when the season began. Season-ending knee injuries to starting guards Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones have thinned Duke’s roster.

Still, Duke has won three of the last four ACC Tournament championships and has reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in each of the last four seasons.

A win over their rivals in Chapel Hill today would put Duke in the mindset for more March success this season.