Duke was picked to win the ACC preseason women's basketball poll by both media and coaches. The Blue Devils, who return all five starters, were 33-3 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight the last four years.
Brittany Rountree scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and North Carolina (No. 24 AP) overcome a sloppy effort and beat Virginia Tech 56-37 on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing streak.
Lindsay Biggs scored 19 points to lead a balanced offense, and Virginia Tech surprised North Carolina (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) 79-64 on Thursday night for its first win over the Tar Heels in more than 25 years.
Ivory Latta scored 26 points and Camille Little had seven of her 16 in an early second-half run Friday night as North Carolina broke open a close game and coasted to an 84-75 victory against Virginia Tech.