Home-court advantage? Not in this rivalry

February, 8, 2012
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Fifth-ranked North Carolina will be trying to extend its school-record home winning streak to 32 when it faces No. 9 Duke at the Smith Center on Wednesday night.

But in this series lately, there isn’t much of a home-court advantage.

The Tar Heels are 4-4 in the Roy Williams era against Duke at the Smith Center, but 0-4 during that time period when the series opens in Chapel Hill. Meanwhile, UNC is also 4-4 at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Williams became UNC’s coach before the 2003-04 season.

“I don’t think it is as big of an edge when it’s North Carolina against Duke, as it is when it’s North Carolina against Directional School B," Williams said. “I think it has much more of an advantage there.

"... The players make more of a difference than the gym. Michael Jordan was going to beat you regardless of where he played. And I think players at North Carolina, players at Duke, feel like they can be you regardless of where they play. They don’t get caught up in where the game is being played."

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