​With 5-star recruits and NBA talent all over the court in the first installment of the ​UNC-Duke rivalry, who would have thought that unheralded recruit Luke Maye could be the most important player for the Heels? Over the last year and a half, Maye has emerged as the Tar Heels' cornerstone on offense. In 2018, he's put up solid averages of 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The Tar Heels need nothing less than a dominant performance from Maye if they want to keep pace with Duke. 

On the offensive end, Maye needs to be able to exploit Duke's suspect perimeter defense. With Maye is only shooting 32 percent from deep this season, he needs to turn back the clock to last year, when he shot 43 percent from beyond to arc to help the Tar Heels keep pace with the Blue Devils.


​​His biggest challenge Wednesday will come on the defensive end. Due to Roy Williams' preference to stick with a man-to-man style of defense, Maye will be butting heads with Zion Williamson for a good chunk of the game. Maye is a great player, but lacks elite athleticism. If Zion can exploit that mismatch, it's game over. 

Maye has a lot on his shoulders. He will have to lead the team on both offense and defense for UNC to ​pull out the win. Possible? Yes. Likely? Probably not. ​