Another contributing factor is Duke's smaller gym, which holds under 10,000 fans and reserves up to 1,600 seats for students.
Ticket prices for Wednesday's game between Duke and North Carolina have reached amounts typically reserved for Super Bowls.
Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates. He's got a combination of skill set that I've never seen before.
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But I have not seen it", he told De Telegraaf. "We achieved a great result and now it's up to them to suffer in our stadium". This was perhaps our best game of this season.
Overall on the year, Williamson is averaging 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks over 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 68.3 percent from the floor and 66.9 percent from the free-throw line. Vivid Seats reports one ticket sold for $10,652. All eyes will be on the 18-year-old Williamson, who leads college basketball in player Efficiency rating and whose fearsome combination of power, speed and athleticism prompted UNC Coach Roy Williams to dub him a "different bird" at a news conference earlier this week.
The greatest rivalry in sports reconvenes for a 249th meeting when the 8th ranked Tar Heels, hot off a blowout win at Wake Forest, invade Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the top ranked Blue Devils.
Carolina's last victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium was on March 5, 2016, when UNC won 76-72 to secure its first ACC regular-season title in four years.