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Duke vs. UNC 2014 NCAA basketball live stream & ESPN TV start time

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The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and TV schedule heats up over the next several days as the Duke Blue Devils will be featured in several big games. Ahead of a meeting with the Syracuse Orange on Saturday at Cameron, the team will have a matchup against their fiercest rival, the UNC Tar Heels, in a rescheduled game from last week. The latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game arrives for fans courtesy of ESPN sources.

A Feb. 20 report from ABC News notes that last week’s originally planned meeting between Duke and North Carolina was postponed due to the crippling snow storm that hit the southern region of the United States. Freshman phenomenon Jabari Parker said he is actually glad that the game was rescheduled for Chapel Hill to tonight. Parker told the media:

"That was a blessing in disguise to have the game delayed. I think we were too hyped, too emotional, too over the top in our heads, and now we're letting it flow naturally."

While this game is normally a huge rivalry, Carolina’s record this year has been less-than-stellar by their normal standards. The team is 18-7 overall with an 8-4 record in the ACC, while Duke is 21-5 with a 10-3 conference record. The difference just might be the level of opponents the two teams have played against. Duke, currently ranked No. 5 overall, has lost to three of the top teams in the nation including Arizona and Syracuse by 2 points in overtime earlier this month.

The team is comparing this currently stretch of their schedule to the feel of “March Madness.” On Saturday, the Blue Devils host the No.1-ranked Syracuse Orange at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with a chance to knock off the team that defeated them in overtime several weeks ago. It's got a big game feel, as Syracuse suffered its first loss of the season last night to lowly conference foe, Boston College, and may be looking for a quality win right before Selection Sunday in a few weeks.

First up, Duke will have to escape the Dean E. Smith Center with a win over their top conference rival, North Carolina. UNC is a team that is currently eighth in the country in rebounds with 41.1 per game, and 26th in assists per game, averaging 15.7 per contest. Odds makers have No. 5 Duke as 2 point favorites tonight, with the over/under set to about 151 points for the game. There are no significant injuries to report for either team heading into tonight’s matchup.

Thursday night's Duke vs. UNC game has a scheduled start time of 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Television viewers can see this game on ESPN via cable or satellite providers. There is also live streaming online coverage of the game available through the WatchESPN broadband sports network. Check the site here for more details on participating providers, as well as any regional or device restrictions there may be.

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