The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised games schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 12 brings several of the top-ranked teams in the nation onto the hardwood as they look towards the tournament in March. Two of those teams are storied rivals, as the No. 8 Duke Blue Devils will meet the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels at Chapel Hill. With talk of loads of snow on the way for the area, the latest televised and live stream NCAA basketball game will be featured on ESPN sources Wednesday night.
Update: Wednesday's Duke vs. UNC game has been postponed due to weather - CBS Sports
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 12 report, tonight’s game features a Duke team with a “renewed commitment to defense.” So far, Duke only loses when they allow teams to score 72 points or more. Duke only allows 67.4 points to opponents, showing how proficient they are on that end of the floor. Senior captain Tyler Thornton said of the team:
"We realize that playing defense and locking in on the defensive end is the way we're going to win. Early in the season, we relied a lot on our offense and trying to outscore people, but we weren't playing defense and using our athleticism and our speed and our quickness to our best abilities."
Coach Mike Krzyewski added:
"I think our team is the best it's been right now. And I think we're very good. But ... we can lose really easier than last year's team."
Duke is currently eighth in the nation, with future NBA star Jabari Parker leading the way with 19.2 points a game, 8.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Quinn Cook leads the team in assists and steals. The Blue Devils currently average 82.2 points per game, and have a 19-5 overall record. However, their 3-3 record on the road could give UNC some hope, not to mention the fact that this is always an intense rivalry.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are currently 16-7, but on a five-game win streak. However, they’re going to want to keep adding quality wins for their NCAA tournament resume. Adding more losses could put them on the outside looking in when March Madness rolls around. For tonight’s game, they’ll look to Marcus Page who averages 17.0 points per game, with ESPN noting he averages 10.6 points and 47.8% field goal shooting in the second half.
When it comes to rebounding, Carolina is ninth in the nation, bringing down about 41 per contest. Norfolk native James Michael-McAdoo leads the way there with 6.8 per game, while also putting in 15 points per contest. UNC is also 25th in assists, averaging 15.7 per game with Marcus Paige dishing out 4.6 assists per game. Add those factors, to the fact it’s a game against Duke, at home, and the UNC Tar Heels may have a shot at pulling off a helpful upset at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Odds makers have given Duke a small edge for tonight’s game, as they first opened as 1 1/2-point favorites, but have since gone up to as much as 3 1/2 point favorites. The over/under is at 151 1/2 total points for tonight’s ACC matchup between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
Wednesday's Duke vs. UNC basketball game has a scheduled start time of 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be televised in standard and hi-definition formats for cable or satellite TV viewers on ESPN. The latest college basketball matchup will also be available live streaming online for select cable or satellite company customers across the United States. See WatchESPN, the official broadband sports network of ESPN, for more info on how to watch online.