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There is absolutely nothing like a Duke-North Carolina basketball game. Even in a year such as this, with the Blue Devils ranked 7 at 19-3 and the Tar Heels unranked and trying to get closer to .500, you cannot beat it.

And that's where we are this afternoon, with Duke heading in to Chapel Hill a strong favorite and looking to notch its fifth straight win. North Carolina, meanwhile, has lost two straight. (Though it only fell to Boston College by a point on Feb. 1.)

Is there any chance of an upset? Or is Duke going to do what it's been mostly doing this season — win. Only one way to find out.

The game gets going at 6 p.m. Eastern — that's 3 p.m. on the West Coast — and will be aired on ESPN.

How to watch Duke-North Carolina with a VPN if you're outside the United States

Tonight's Duke-North Carolina game is on ESPN, which is great if you're in the United States. But if you're outside of the country for work or business or are just laying low for a bit — we won't ask too many questions — and you still want to watch the game, you might want to consider a VPN.

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That's short for Virtual Private Network, which means you'll be piping your network traffic through a specific set of servers back in the good ol' US-of-A, which makes it look like your computer is back in America. And that should be good enough to get your game on.

And if you're looking for a good VPN, may we suggest ...

The 3-pointer of VPNs

ExpressVPN

Don't miss Duke and UNC even if you're far from home.

ExpressVPN has all the things you want from a VPN, including multiple plans at different price points. It also has servers in 94 countries and apps for all major platforms.

How to stream Duke-North Carolina if you don't have cable

Good news, everyone! This afternoon's Duke-UNC game is on ESPN, which means you can watch it on pretty much ever major streaming service in the U.S.

Which is best for your purposes? That's up to you. But you've got some great choices.

Hulu with Live TV

  • The cost: $55 a month after a one week free trial
  • Watch Hulu on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and browsers
  • Local channels on Hulu: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and others. Find your local channels here.
  • ESPN: Yep. Watch away.

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An easy layup ...

Hulu with Live TV

Hit up ESPN live on Hulu.

Hulu With Live TV is now the biggest live TV streaming service in the United States. And you can use it to catch tonight's Duke-UNC game with a free trial.

Sling TV - Sling Orange

  • The cost: $30 a month after your first month for $20
  • Watch Sling TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, LG, or Samsung smart TVs, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire tablets, browsers and more
  • Local channels on Sling TV: NBC and Fox on Sling Blue. Find your local channels here.
  • ESPN on Sling: Sure is — on the Sling Orange plan.

More on Sling TV:

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Sling Blue

It's easy to watch ESPN with Sling Orange.

This is the least expensive way to get yourself a subscription that includes ESPN. But take note that you need the Sling Orange plan for your sports. (Sling Blue gets you other things.)

AT&T TV Now - Plus Plan

  • The cost: $65 a month after a free trial
  • Watch AT&T TV Now on: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, and browsers
  • Local channels on AT&T TV Now: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.
  • ESPN on AT&T TV Now: Yes, all of AT&T TV Now's plans have ESPN.

More on AT&T TV Now:

Games & Thrones

AT&T TV Now

The cheapest plan gets it done.

AT&T TV Now has probably the deepest channel lineup around. But you can get away with its cheapest plan — the Plus plan — if you want to get ESPN. (Plus you'll get HBO for free.)

YouTube TV

  • The cost: $50 a month after a free trial
  • Watch YouTube TV on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung, LG, HiSense or Vizio smart TVs, iOS, Android and browsers
  • Local channels on YouTube TV: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.
  • ESPN on YouTube TV: Yesn.

More on YouTube TV:

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YouTube TV

One plan, one price — and ESPN.

YouTube TV is one of the easiest streaming services to understand, with a single plan, a ton of channels — and that includes ESPN.

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