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Tobacco Road Blues

It's rare to see Duke and North Carolina take it on the chin on the same night.

Last night the No.24 Tar Heels (12-7, 1-3 ACC) continued their downard spiral with an 82-69 loss at the hands of Wake Forest. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils (15-3, 3-2) weren't much better as they were handled 88-74 at N.C. State.

Considering the history of each program, you can't come down too hard on them. North Carolina is fresh off a national championship, while Duke has two trips to the Final Four and one title to show for itself in the last decade. 

Still, fans of each team are getting a little worried. North Carolina has dropped three straight and four of its last five, while Duke has struggled against good teams on the road. All of Duke's losses have come away from Cameron. 

But this doesn't mean the ACC is experiencing a changing of the guard. Yes, Virginia (12-4, 3-0) has been the surprise fo the conference this season, but they haven't beaten the conference heavyweights yet. Wins over N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Miami isn't enough to convince this blog the Cavaliers are ready to roll. 

Getting back to the point, Duke should be fine. They have wins over UConn, Gonzaga and Clemson. They face the Tigers in an important game on Saturday. 

North Carolina on the other hand, could be in trouble. Four losses in five games, including a three-point set back to the College of Charleston, is a little scary. Not too mention the injury to 7-footer Tyler Zeller.

North Carolina was fortunate to be in the AP and ESPN / USA Today poll this week. Don't expect them to get the benefit of the doubt next week.   

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