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Tuesday Truths: Duke-North Carolina offers battle of strengths

Welcome to Tuesday Truths, where I look at how well 86 teams in the nation's top seven conferences are doing against their league opponents on a per-possession basis.

*Through games of Feb. 15, conference games only
Pace: Possessions per 40 minutes
PPP: Points per possession
EM: Efficiency margin (PPP minus Opp. PPP)

ACC: Irresistible Duke, meet immovable UNC

A game between Duke and North Carolina attracts its fair share of notice as a matter of course, so as you prepare for Wednesday's showdown (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Chapel Hill please consider the following to be something of a personal statement. (As opposed to hype, which can occur on occasion with these two teams. Shocking, I know.) Here's why I can't wait to see this particular installment of Blue Devils vs. Tar Heels.