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Duke emerging as ACC favorite

Originally Published: January 4, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

The fact that North Carolina post player Jessica Breland had to sit out this season after battling cancer changed the dynamic of the league for 2010. The Tar Heels with Breland would have had the edge to win the ACC title. With her out, Duke looks to be the favorite.

The Blue Devils lost nonconference matchups with Texas A&M and Stanford and still have a meeting with top-ranked UConn, which is in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 18. Duke relies on point guard Jasmine Thomas to set the tone ...

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