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ACC men’s basketball tournament bracket is set

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts. For the first time: ▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. ▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament. For more, click here.

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts.

For the first time:

▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament.

▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament.

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Students and fans celebrate after the Duke-Carolina game

Duke fans and students celebrating after win over UNC

Students and fans were celebrating after Duke beat North Carolina in their annual ACC basketball rivalry. …read more

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Officials’ calls didn’t even out in Duke’s win over Carolina

The latest chapter of the storied series between North Carolina and Duke, while exciting, deserved a more just outcome. A few days have passed as sports fans have fumed or celebrated or just discussed the big game. Watching the game back – and reviewing the plays over and over – doesn’t change the outcome but it does give a clearer picture of what happened. When someone complains about officials’ calls, they are often bombarded with the theory that the bad calls even out in the end. When Duke traveled to North Carolina last Saturday, the calls didn’t even out and […]

The latest chapter of the storied series between North Carolina and Duke, while exciting, deserved a more just outcome. A few days have passed as sports fans have fumed or celebrated or just discussed the big game. Watching the game back – and reviewing the plays over and over – doesn’t change the outcome but it does give a clearer picture of what happened.

When someone complains about officials’ calls, they are often bombarded with the theory that the bad calls even out in the end. When Duke traveled to North Carolina last Saturday, the calls didn’t even out and the Tar Heels lost a game they should have won.

Duke faithful – and many Carolina faithful – will point to the Tar Heels ineffectiveness at the foul line as the reason for the loss. That was certainly the reason the Blue Devils were still in the game as UNC missed 17 of its 38 free throw attempts.

But the Tar Heels had somehow overcome the charity stripe woes to lead by five with 20 seconds to go in overtime. Tre Jones scored and drew a silly foul by UNC’s Christian Keeling. After the missed free throw, an out-of-bounds call with 15 seconds left could have gone either way as UNC’s Andrew Platek and Duke’s Wendell Moore, on replay, seemed to simultaneously tip the ball out of bounds. As had happened throughout the second half, Duke got the break and possession of the ball.

Moore scored three seconds later and the lead was suddenly down to one at 96-95.

On the inbounds play for Carolina, Platek was fouled hard by Moore – only thing is, not only wasn’t the foul called but officials said the ball was out off Platek. Even after reviewing the play, the official didn’t understand the laws of physics, and gave possession to Duke. The ball was in Platek’s hands when Moore swiped at it and knocked it straight out of bounds. Because officials couldn’t retroactively call a foul on Moore and because replays weren’t conclusive to them, the call stood as Duke’s ball even though the direction of the ball going out should have clearly indicated that it had to be out off Moore.

The TV announcers, which included former Duke player Jay Bilas, were incredulous that a foul wasn’t called. “Wow, they didn’t call a foul there,” Bilas said. “They are going to say somehow that that was incidental contact. I don’t agree with this at all.” In looking at the replay he said, “Wow, that’s a foul. It’s hard to imagine that you wouldn’t make that call.” He went on to say bluntly, “That’s a bad call.”

Lost for a minute was the additional bad call that the ball was out off Platek. The ball hit in both of Platek’s hands and Moore barreled in and popped it out. Replays clearly show that neither touched it after that initial swipe by Moore. The way the Heels shot free throws, the out of bounds bad call may have been worse for the Heels than the obvious foul.

But that wasn’t the last bad call. Jones, who deserves credit for leading his club back, drove to the hoop and missed but officials called Keeling for a foul. If anything it was a foul on Jones who used his left arm to clear the way. “Tough call for North Carolina,” Bilas said. “It looked like Keeling had legal guarding position and was simply moving to maintain it.” It looked like it because that’s what happened. Jones also took three steps after his last dribble on the drive which started at the free throw line and ended just under the basket. It could have been an offensive foul or a travel but it was called a foul on Keeling. Duke once again got the break.

The Devils took advantage of their breaks and, after a second missed free throw, Moore tapped in a Jones miss at the buzzer for the victory.

Crazy things happen in Duke-Carolina games, no doubt. But the heavily favored Blue Devils got help from the officials and the Tar Heels were stymied by the officials at every turn.

No, it wasn’t just one bad call as many have said in the days since the game. And it wasn’t just bad calls or no calls in the last 20 seconds. After a first half where the officials weren’t the story, in addition to the Heels ineptness at the line, the officials became the story.

Just a minute into the second half, Jones pushed off on Cole Anthony for a layup. He was going to get the two but he evidently attempted to also draw a foul by initiating contact with Anthony who was backing away. The forearm shiver should have been a foul on Jones and the basket waived off.

Less than three minutes later, the officials, who had let the teams play in the first half, called a ticky tac illegal screen foul on Garrison Brooks. Instead of Armando Bacot one-on-one down low in good position, the officials turned the ball back over to Duke, who promptly scored for a possible four-point swing. It had been a physical game where only the egregious fouls were called until this touch foul started a floodgate of fouls. With the Tar Heels struggling from the line, this wasn’t a positive trend, even when Carolina players were fouled.

The call obviously messed with Brooks’ mind because just a couple of minutes later, he traveled to avoid contact, obviously afraid of picking up a fourth foul that would have put him on the bench for a while with more than a quarter of the game left to go.

At the 12:30 mark, one official apparently took a page out of the book that states, “Wait to see if the offensive player is able to score with heavy contact and, if not, call a foul on the defender.” Duke’s Cassius Stanley, who had a great game with 22 points, got the benefit of the late call on Leaky Black, who may or may not have actually fouled. There was only one angle and it wasn’t conclusive. If no foul had been called, I doubt there would have been any arguments. While Stanley didn’t make the basket, he made a free throw and we know how much one point meant in a game like this.

An even bigger sequence immediately followed. Bacot picked up a phantom foul as he was dishing it off to Keeling who scored. The basket was waived off, however, and Duke went down and hit a three for a five-point swing. Replays clearly showed that Moore, the defender, was already falling down before any contact with Bacot, if there actually was any. You certainly don’t blame the defender for the flop but you do blame the official for calling the foul on Bacot. Instead of Carolina having its biggest lead to that point at 61-48, the score was trimmed to 59-51. The crowd began to grow quieter.

The crowd did boo a bit a few seconds later when Keeling had a rebound but he lost it after Duke’s Vernon Carey knocked it away. Tar Heel fans thought that was another foul that wasn’t called. It was tough to tell on replay but with touch fouls being called in the second half, it easily could have been a foul.

At the 10:20 mark, Bacot picked up his fourth foul. If not for the phantom call earlier, it would have just been his third called foul. Instead Bacot had to leave the game for a while for fear of fouling out. Except for one basket, Bacot didn’t make much of an impact the rest of the game and fouled out with 3:15 left in overtime.

With just over four minutes to play, Carolina was looking to extend its lead to what would have been a game-high 15 points but Platek was called for traveling in the lane. Replays show that Platek kept his pivot foot – in this case the right foot – stationary while he moved his left foot twice quickly. Perhaps his shuffling that left foot looked like traveling to the official but it wasn’t.

After that bad call, Duke went on a 9-2 run in less than three minutes to cut it to 79-73. A lot of things had to go right for Duke down the stretch and the incredible intentionally missed free throw and bucket by Tre Jones tied it to send the game into overtime at 84-84.

In overtime, Carolina got some bad luck unrelated to officiating, when Brooks went out after getting poked in the eye – an injury that would greatly hinder him in Tuesday’s loss at Wake Forest.
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As mentioned earlier, Carolina’s other big man, Armando Bacot fouled out with 3:15 left in overtime. Not only should that fifth foul have been only his fourth but replays show – and commentators noted – that it was the offensive player (Moore) who initiated the contact. Bacot had a hand on Moore’s back but he wasn’t pushing or pulling. It either shouldn’t have been a foul or it should have been a foul on Moore for making the contact with Bacot.

With all the adversity, Carolina still managed to go on a 7-1 run to take that 96-91, five-point lead into the final 20 seconds – 20 seconds that will be long remembered. What will be forgotten are all the other bad calls and no calls that cost the Tar Heels a game they desperately needed, and one that could be argued they deserved.

Duke played a good, clean game and took advantage of their breaks. It was a generally well-played, hard-fought rivalry effort by both teams. But the officials had a bad game for whatever reason. And Carolina suffered much more than Duke for it.

Non-deep thinkers will just slough off criticism using the calls-even-out defense or the whining, crybaby argument. But injustice deserves to be mourned. The calls didn’t even out and whining complaints should be reserved for when the outrage is not justified. In this case, for anybody who goes back and reviews that second half, the outrage is justified.

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Ranking all Duke one-and-done players under Coach K

In the modern era of college basketball, arguably no program has been more successful at the game of reeling in top talent and sending said talent to the NBA at warp-speed than the Duke Blue Devils. See a list of the 19 one-and-dones ranked by clicking here.

In the modern era of college basketball, arguably no program has been more successful at the game of reeling in top talent and sending said talent to the NBA at warp-speed than the Duke Blue Devils. See a list of the 19 one-and-dones ranked by clicking here.

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Duke lands 519 on ACC academic honor roll

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Duke led all schools with 519 student-athletes recognized, and Notre Dame followed with 460. Virginia saw 427 student-athletes achieve Honor Roll status, followed by North Carolina with 405. …read more

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Tar Heels come up short against Zion

Well, Zion Williamson did make a difference, just barely. In a back-and-forth contest, North Carolina came up short as Williamson tipped in his own miss with just 30 seconds left and Duke hung on to defeat the Tar Heels 74-73 in the ACC Tournament semi-finals. UNC coach Roy Williams said Williamson put on his Superman jersey to help lead the Devils over the Heels. When Williamson could get the ball down low, he was unstoppable as the freshman finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds. But this is Carolina-Duke, not just Carolina-Zion and the Tar Heels led the Devils 71-67 […]

Well, Zion Williamson did make a difference, just barely. In a back-and-forth contest, North Carolina came up short as Williamson tipped in his own miss with just 30 seconds left and Duke hung on to defeat the Tar Heels 74-73 in the ACC Tournament semi-finals.

UNC coach Roy Williams said Williamson put on his Superman jersey to help lead the Devils over the Heels. When Williamson could get the ball down low, he was unstoppable as the freshman finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds.

But this is Carolina-Duke, not just Carolina-Zion and the Tar Heels led the Devils 71-67 after Luke Maye drove by Williamson, scored and was fouled, completing the three-point play with 2:46 left.

UNC's Luke Maye drives on Duke's Zion Williamson, who reaches in. (UNC Sports Information photo.)

UNC’s Luke Maye drives on Duke’s Zion Williamson, who reaches in.
(UNC Sports Information photo.)

But then Williamson spun down low, scored and drew UNC’s Garrison Brooks’ fifth foul. After the free throw, Duke got within one at 71-70.

The Heels failed to score but seemed to have it back when the ball slipped through Maye’s legs right into the hands of Duke’s Jordan Goldwire under the basket who put it in for a 72-71 Devils lead.

“He came up with a huge bucket – I don’t know how he got it,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Neither team scored on their next possessions but UNC’s Nassir Little picked up a loose ball and dunked it through with 50 seconds left to give Carolina a 73-72 lead.

That’s when Williamson scored on his own miss to give Duke the lead for good. But Carolina had its chances. UNC’s Cam Johnson, who was hot early on, missed a three from the left wing on a shot that looked like it was going to go through with 13 seconds left.

After R.J. Barrett missed a pair of free throws for Duke, Carolina had a chance at the end. Coby White couldn’t find a route to the basket so he heaved up a long two while slipping. Nonetheless it almost went in with a couple of seconds left. Little had a chance at a tip but it wasn’t close and Duke had won, avoiding a third loss to the Tar Heels this season.

“They (Duke) did a good job defensively and we didn’t have a chance to attack the basket,” Coach Williams said.

Johnson said “a couple of little plays made the difference. Our guys fought hard but we could have played better.”

In fact, the Tar Heels were probably lucky to be in it after hitting only four of 27 three-point shots.

“If you go four for 27 from three, you deserve to get beat,” Coach Williams said, adding that you can’t rely on the jumpshot. He said the Tar Heels took bad and quick shots in the first half. “You’d have thought there was a three-second shot clock,” he said.

Carolina had built a 13-point lead in the first half at 33-20, mostly behind the hot hand of Johnson, who had 16 first-half points. But Duke got some stops defensively and Williamson started to take over.

Duke went on a 24-11 run at the end of the first half to tie it 44-all going into the break.

Carolina managed just one field goal in the first seven minutes of the second half to fall behind by six at 52-46. But the Heels came up with three steals and buckets in a row to tie it and force a Duke timeout.

It went back and forth the rest of the way, ending with that final flurry over the last three minutes.

“Our season is not over,” Coach Williams said. “We didn’t play well enough to win.”

For his part, Coach K said it was “vintage ACC Duke-Carolina” and that both teams played hard and well, particularly on defense in the second half.

Both teams went multiple minutes without scoring in the second half.

Joining Williamson in double figures for Duke were Barrett, who had 14 points, and Tre Jones, who had 11. Johnson led the Tar Heels with 23, but went cold in the second half. Maye had yet another double-double as he scored 14 points and hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds. White scored 11 but missed all six of his three-point attempts.

The Tar Heels fall to 27-6 and await its NCAA Tournament bid while Duke, now 28-5, play Florida State for the ACC Tournament crown.

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Seniors lead Heels over young Zion-less Duke

North Carolina seniors Luke Maye and Cam Johnson led the Tar Heels to an 88-72 upset at No. 1 Duke, who played all but 36 seconds without super freshman Zion Williamson. (2/20) Without the injured Williamson clogging up the paint, Carolina went inside for points, especially after the Heels missed their first 12 three-point shots of the game. Maye and Johnson combined for 30 of Carolina’s 42 first half points with only three coming from beyond the arc. In fact, the Heels had a 34-18 edge in points in the paint en route to a 42-32 halftime lead. Just 36 […]

North Carolina seniors Luke Maye and Cam Johnson led the Tar Heels to an 88-72 upset at No. 1 Duke, who played all but 36 seconds without super freshman Zion Williamson. (2/20)

Without the injured Williamson clogging up the paint, Carolina went inside for points, especially after the Heels missed their first 12 three-point shots of the game.

Maye and Johnson combined for 30 of Carolina’s 42 first half points with only three coming from beyond the arc. In fact, the Heels had a 34-18 edge in points in the paint en route to a 42-32 halftime lead.

Just 36 seconds into the game, Williamson slipped while dribbling across the free throw line, with his foot splitting right through the shoe. The knee took the brunt of the twisting fall.

“Let’s be honest,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “When the big fella goes out of the game it changes a lot for them. I hated that – it was a huge blow for them.”

Coach Mike Krzyzewski agreed, saying that they had prepared for the game based on having Williamson, who is expected to be picked first in the NBA draft, in the game.

“He and R.J. (Barrett) are the key guys,” Coach K said. “It’s tough trying to figure it out while playing an outstanding team.”

Carolina took even more control of the game in the first few minutes of the second half. A 17-5 run in the first four minutes had the Heels in command by 22 points at 59-37. Johnson scored eight during that run but was shaken up and out of the game for a couple of minutes after taking a hard fall on a fastbreak layup.

Duke stayed in it by hitting four of its next five shots, including two three-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play by Cam Reddish to cut the deficit to 15.

Even with an effective pressure defense that rattled UNC freshman point guard Coby White, who turned the ball over six times, the Devils never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

One key stretch, led by backup point guard Seventh Woods, kept the Devils at bay. Woods hit a drive-by layup, hit a free throw, went coast to coast for a layup and drew a charge. After UNC’s Brandon Robinson’s pass to Garrison Brooks for a bucket, the Heels were in command by 19 points at 76-57 with 6:35 left.

But it was Maye, who scored 30 points and hauled in 15 rebounds, and Johnson, who had 26 points, that received the most praise from both coaches who each independently called the veteran leaders “sensational.”

Maye was aggressive inside while Johnson hit mid-range jumpers and drove to the hoop to create buckets. The only other Tar Heel in double figures was Brooks, who scored 14 points and collected eight rebounds.

The lead moves the Tar Heels into a three-way tie with Duke and Virginia for first place in the ACC.

Carolina improves to 21-5 and 11-2 in the conference while Duke, led by freshman R.J. Barrett’s 33 points, falls to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the ACC.

The Tar Heels host Florida State Saturday afternoon while Duke plays at Syracuse Saturday evening.

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Tar Heels work up big lead, hold on to stop Duke

North Carolina worked up a 16-point lead with a pair of runs in the second half but had to hold on to survive a late 13-0 Duke run to make it to the ACC Championship game and take the season series against the Devils, 74-69. “I have nothing to say about the last five minutes,” UNC coach Roy Williams said joking that an assistant coach was coaching during that time. “It was just sloppy… But we made enough plays. We’re still playing so I’m happy.” Coach Williams said for most of the game the Tar Heels were making key shots […]

North Carolina worked up a 16-point lead with a pair of runs in the second half but had to hold on to survive a late 13-0 Duke run to make it to the ACC Championship game and take the season series against the Devils, 74-69.

“I have nothing to say about the last five minutes,” UNC coach Roy Williams said joking that an assistant coach was coaching during that time. “It was just sloppy… But we made enough plays. We’re still playing so I’m happy.”

Coach Williams said for most of the game the Tar Heels were making key shots and playing well defensively.

Carolina forced 18 Blue Devil turnovers.

“Turnovers hurt us, and their offensive rebounding,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said adding that his team showed what it was made of over the last six minutes. “We had a chance but we needed to do that earlier.”

The Tar Heels upped a five-point halftime margin to double figures when Theo Pinson, who was hindered with foul trouble, scored on an up-and-under shot to put the Heels up 54-43.

A Kenny Williams three midway through the half extended the lead to 14 at 62-48. Carolina got its biggest lead of the game on a short jumper by Luke Maye that made it 72-56 with 5:31 to go.

But then Carolina went cold and Duke, in desperation mode, forced four UNC turnovers in five possessions. All the while the Devils were scoring on the offensive end. A Grayson Allen three cut it to 72-66 with a three from the corner with 1:48 left. After Maye turned the ball over with a minute left, Duke’s Gary Trent popped in a three with 50 seconds left to bring the Devils to within three at 72-69.

Maye turned it over yet again with 23 seconds left but UNC’s Williams drew a charge on Duke’s Allen with 18 seconds left. Carolina gave it right back to Duke when Theo Pinson, who was double teamed, lost the ball out of bounds with 11.8 left.

Allen, leaning in to try to draw a foul, missed a three and Pinson got the rebound with 3.2 left. He was immediately fouled. Pinson, facing a one-and-one situation, hit two free throws to wrap it up and give the Tar Heels their first points in nearly five and a half minutes.

After a slow start to the game by both teams, Carolina’s Cam Johnson, Joel Berry and Kenny Williams all drained threes in one minute of game action to give the Heels a 13-3 lead five minutes in.

The Tar Heels extended that lead to 13 before Duke, which started two of 10 shooting with seven turnovers, got hot fueled by five blocked shots.

The Devils, on an 8-0 run, took the lead at 27-26 on a Marvin Bagley hook with less than two minutes left in the half. But after a long Berry three gave Carolina the lead back, the Heels worked the lead up to seven before settling for a 36-31 halftime lead.

During that late run, Grayson Allen was Grayson Allen and picked up a flagrant foul when he poked his butt out to knock down Garrison Brooks, who hit both free throws.

Brooks, off the bench, scored 10 points but the Tar Heels were led by Maye’s 17 points and 10 rebounds. Berry scored 13 while Williams and Cam Johnson added 10 each as five Tar Heels scored in double figures.

Trent led four Blue Devils in double figures with 20 points.

The Tar Heels, now 25-9 overall, play Virginia for the ACC Tournament Championship Saturday night. Duke goes into the NCAA Tournament with a 26-7 record.

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Cold Carolina collapses against hot Duke

A cold-shooting North Carolina team collapsed as Duke drained eight threes in the second half for a come-from-behind 74-64 victory over the Heels. The loss was costly as it dropped the Tar Heels from a second seed to the sixth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. Carolina will also probably face Syracuse, who would have to get by Wake Forest, to get a home crowd advantage at the ACC Tourney, held this year in New York. The loss also likely dropped the Heels from a chance for a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Things looked good for […]

A cold-shooting North Carolina team collapsed as Duke drained eight threes in the second half for a come-from-behind 74-64 victory over the Heels. The loss was costly as it dropped the Tar Heels from a second seed to the sixth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.

Carolina will also probably face Syracuse, who would have to get by Wake Forest, to get a home crowd advantage at the ACC Tourney, held this year in New York. The loss also likely dropped the Heels from a chance for a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Things looked good for the Tar Heels at the half as they managed to take a 10-point lead into the locker. A 14-4 run at the end of the half, which started with a Luke Maye three and ended with a Kenny Williams three, gave the Heels a 35-25 cushion in Durham on Grayson Allen’s senior night.

In the second half, Carolina upped its margin to 13 on a Cam Johnson long three from the left wing with just under 17 minutes to play.

After that, Tar Heel fans would have been well served to watch something else on TV.

Duke’s Marvin Bagley took over the game for a few minutes to erase the Carolina lead. Bagley scored 10 points over the next five minutes as he aggressively went to the basket and even drained a three from the top of the key.

Gary Trent completed a 23-8 Duke run with a three pointer that put the Blue Devils up 52-50 midway through the second half.

Yet another three (Carolina shot an exhorbitant 31 of them), this one by Williams put the Heels back up 58-57 with 7:25 to go. But it turned out to be Carolina’s last lead of the game.

Allen, who scored 15 points in his senior game, hit a three from the left corner to put Duke up 60-58. Trent hit another three and Wendell Carter hit one and Duke was in control at 70-62 with 3:33 left.

The Devils hit eight of their last 11 three-point attempts. In fact eight of their last 15 baskets were from beyond the arc. Meanwhile Carolina was cold from three-point land. Carolina’s catalyst, Joel Berry, missed all seven of his attempts and the Heels finished just eight of 31.

“We played timid in the second half and I think that’s why the ball didn’t go in like we want it to,” UNC’s Kenny Williams said.

UNC coach Roy Williams seemed to agree but said it differently. “In the second half Duke was much more aggressive than we were,” he said. He added that after back-to-back threes, including one from Bagley, “things started snowballing on us.”

Bagley threw most of the snowballs as he led Duke with 21 points after getting only three in the first half. “Marvin went nuts for a while and put us on his back,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

While Coach Williams would have liked fewer three-point attempts from the Tar Heels, they were missing mid-range open shots as well. “You’ve got to make plays, gotta make shots on big-game days,” he said.

The Tar Heels, now 22-9 overall and 11-7 in the ACC, tied for third in the league but lost tiebreakers with Miami, Clemson and NC State to fall to the sixth seed. Duke goes into the ACC Tourney with a 25-6 record and a No. 2 seed.

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Carolina takes care of the ball and rival Duke

North Carolina, which tied a school record for fewest turnovers in a game, came from 12 down to take control in the second half and defeat rival Duke 82-78. The Tar Heels, underdogs at home, survived a 14-4 Blue Devil run in the first half and a five-minute scoring drought in the second half. UNC coach Roy Williams pointed to his team’s assist-to-turnover (15 assists, two turnovers) ratio as a key. “We didn’t shoot exceptionally well but we scored when we needed to,” Coach Williams said. “Except for a stretch of five or six minutes where we didn’t score, we […]

North Carolina, which tied a school record for fewest turnovers in a game, came from 12 down to take control in the second half and defeat rival Duke 82-78.

The Tar Heels, underdogs at home, survived a 14-4 Blue Devil run in the first half and a five-minute scoring drought in the second half.

UNC coach Roy Williams pointed to his team’s assist-to-turnover (15 assists, two turnovers) ratio as a key. “We didn’t shoot exceptionally well but we scored when we needed to,” Coach Williams said. “Except for a stretch of five or six minutes where we didn’t score, we played exceptionally well in the second half.”

Having cut a 40-28 deficit to just four at 49-45 at the half, the Tar Heels stormed out of the locker room to outscore the Devils 16-2 to take control at 61-51.

During that run, where the Heels scored on seven straight possessions, Kenny Williams and Joel Berry hit back-to-back long three pointers.

Williams, who tied a career-high 20 points, hit six of 12 threes while Cam Johnson, the transfer from Pitt, hit four of eight three pointers. Johnson, who scored 18 points, added a career-high 13 rebounds.

Rebounding was a big difference in the second half as the Tar Heels went from a five-rebound deficit in the first half to a six-rebound advantage for the game. Carolina picked up 15 offensive rebounds which helped control the clock a bit late when the Tar Heels were having trouble scoring.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the story of the second half was the 15 offensive rebounds for Carolina. “It showed how hard they were going after it,” Coach K said of the Heels.

During the biggest drought, Duke cut a nine-point Carolina lead to just two at 74-71 with under five minutes to go. The Tar Heels had missed 13 field goal attempts in a row before Johnson drained a three from the left wing to put Carolina up 77-71 with 3:07 to play.

Berry added a couple of free throws to give the Heels a 79-71 cushion with 2:29 to go.

The Tar Heels had a couple of chances to wrap it up but Theo Pinson missed a dunk and Williams missed a contested layup, opening the door for Duke.

A Marvin Bagley dunk pulled Duke to 79-75 with 34 seconds to go. A Berry free throw and a flying dunk straight down the lane by Pinson with 12 seconds to go wrapped it up.

Joining Williams and Johnson in double figures were Berry, who scored 21 despite missing seven of eight threes, and Luke Maye who added 15.

Pinson, the other starter, only scored four points but he hauled in seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and had two steals and a block.

Gary Trent led Duke with 16 points while Bagley added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The Tar Heels, who travel to N.C. State Saturday, improve to 18-7 and 7-5 in the league while Duke, who have lost two in a row, falls to 19-5 and 7-4 in the ACC.

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