LAST CHANCE: Get Up to $650 if Duke or UNC Hit ONE 3-Pointer with FanDuel & DraftKings North Carolina Promos

You may not be able to bet on the game in North Carolina, but registering before tip-off will unlock some huge bonuses.

When a rivalry is as big as Duke vs. UNC, anything can happen. When the stakes of a game put the ACC No. 1 seed on the line, anything can happen. Nothing is guaranteed in Saturday's game.

But if you had to pick something that is guaranteed in the game, it would be at least one of these teams hitting at least one 3-pointer. And with that much of a guarantee you've got access to up to $650 in bonuses from DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook.

You've gotta act now to claim your bonus though, because this is a pre-registration offer that requires you to fully register before legal online betting launches in North Carolina on Monday.

FanDuel, DraftKings North Carolina Promos

The two sportsbooks have very similar offers, and North Carolina bettors are eligible to claim both.

The first step is easy:

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook at this link.
Sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook at this link.

If you use those exclusive Old North Banter links you will not need a promo code. You'll automatically qualify for your bonuses.

Now, as long as you complete your registration by Sunday, each book gives you a $100 bonus if either Duke or UNC hit a 3-pointer in Saturdays game. In other words, they're giving you a $100 bonus no-matter what.

The other thing you will unlock is access to each book's launch bonus. These additional bonuses will likely require a small deposit (I've never seen one require more than $10) and a minimum bet (typically $5), and you'll be able to unlock further bonuses that bring your totals up to $350 at DraftKings and up to $300 at FanDuel.

Can You Bet on Duke vs. UNC in North Carolina on Saturday?

The bit of bad news for North Carolina bettors is that Saturday's Duke vs. UNC contest comes before the launch of legal betting, so you can not wager on the game.

If I had to guess, I'd say that's why the sportsbooks are all rolling out such generous pre-registration offers. They'd have loved to let you kick things off with a wager on one of the state's biggest college basketball games of the year, so instead you'll have to settle for hundreds of dollars in bonuses. I guess that's a fair enough trade-off.

Plus, the March 11 launch means that you will be able to wager on every ACC Tournament and every NCAA Tournament game. Both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels can be expected to make deep runs in both tournaments, so that's plenty of chances to back your favorite team.

Which Sportsbook is Best for Betting on College Basketball?

This is a tricky one to answer – because so much comes down to personal preference. I can't tell you what app or web interface you'll like better, because they're all pretty good. I can't tell you whose betting offerings you'll like more, because they all offer the same major lines and I don't know which prop bets you're most interested in. But I can tell you this for certain:

It pays off to have accounts on multiple sportsbooks, allowing you to take advantage of differences in betting odds.

Let's say you like UNC to win the National Championship. If your only account is on DraftKings, you're stuck getting them at +2000. But if you have a FanDuel account, you can choose to bet there, where UNC has +2300 odds. On a $10 wager, that's the difference between a $200 payout and a $230 payout. That's not massive on paper, but when it's basically free, who is going to scoff at $30?

Plus, if you shop around for all of your bets, that $30 difference very quickly becomes a difference of hundreds and eventually thousands of dollars. Not because your bets were any smarter - but simply because you were smart enough to check which sportsbook has the best odds at any given time. Different books will have better odds on different lines, so it's also not like it's as simple as signing up with the one book with the best odds.

And since everyone is offering their best sign-up bonuses now, while betting is still fresh in the state, this is also the best time to cash in with big bonuses by signing up:

Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.