Cole Anthony feeling extremely confident heading into matchup with Duke

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The second regular season matchup between the Duke basketball team and the North Carolina Tar Heels is here, and Carolina point guard Cole Anthony is very confident heading into the showdown.

As always, the regular season will conclude on Saturday afternoon as the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels meet for the second time this season.

The Blue Devils took the first meeting in miraculous fashion, coming back in regulation to send the game into overtime and then rallying once again in the extra five minutes to win the game, 98-96.

North Carolina hasn’t had the best season, to put it nicely, as its loss to Duke was in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, four of which virtually came on a buzzer beater.

Since its losing streak, the Tar Heels have won three straight games, and their point guard, Cole Anthony, is feeling very confident heading into the regular season finale.

The three wins for the Tar Heels came against North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest with two of those victories coming at home.

In his first meeting against Duke, Anthony led the Tar Heels with 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and a steal while playing a team-high 43 minutes. The projected NBA Lottery Pick was 7-of-17 from the floor and just 1-of-4 from 3-point range.

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Cole Anthony also had some strong words on Friday afternoon prior to North Carolina’s practice on his impending first, and potentially only, trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium as a visiting player:

The freshman certainly doesn’t lack confidence as both teams are looking to end the regular season on a high note and enter the ACC Tournament with some momentum as there could be a third meeting between the two teams if things shake out properly.

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ESPN’s College GameDay will not be at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the network will broadcast the meeting between the two rivals at 6:00pm EST.