North Carolina to face Miami in ACC tourney

North Carolina to face Miami in ACC tourney

The Blue Devils rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to knock off the top-seeded Tar Heels to advance to their first ACC Tournament final since 2014.

Freshman Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 25 points, and Luke Kennard recorded a double-double (24 points, 10 rebounds).

Luke Kennard had 20 points and Grayson Allen added 18 off the bench for the Blue Devils (26-8), who will play for the title Saturday night in Brooklyn against No. 22 Notre Dame, a 77-73 victor over No. 16 Florida State.

The Tar Heels managed just 14 points in the paint after Berry's fourth foul after dominating the first half on the interior (32 points in the paint). The Tar Heels maintained a manageable lead for another 10 minutes before Theo Pinson's alley-oop toss-turned-3-pointer spurred a 21-7 push to close the game.

Meeks scored only four of his 19 points after intermission and played a modest 27 minutes.

Giles is glad his time has come, no matter how long it took.

Nate Britt, playing in Berry's place, tried to keep getting the ball inside to Meeks and Hicks, and once took the ball to the basket himself on a nifty drive for a three-point play. It's been good. Like I said, each win is a big win for us, and today was another one.

Duke's 86-78 win over North Carolina on February 9 was viewed by 3.2 million, the fourth-highest of the year. The Blue Devils were able to get more penetration into Carolina's defense, creating three-point opportunities for Allen, Kennard and Frank Jackson (15 points). But UNC ranked just 141st in the nation in batting (.265) and 115th in scoring (5.9 runs per game) heading into Friday's ACC opener against Virginia. An ACC Tournament title should all but seal the deal for the Tar Heels, but, first, they must beat their arch-rival for the second time in a week. He helped Duke to pull away in the second half and win 93-83.

North Carolina can be a monster on the boards, but the last time these teams met Miami out-rebounded UNC 36-31. "Just overall, I don't think we did our best as a team".

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The No. 14 Blue Devils have used a couple of comebacks to reach this stage and they'll match up with No. 22 Notre Dame for the title Saturday night at Barclays Center in NY.

The second half was a different story, though.

"He saved us in the first half", Krzyzewski said.

Duke has advanced to the semi-finals of the ACC tournament with wins over Clemson and Louisville, respectively.

Good news is that UNC should still be a one seed in the NCAA tournament.

Furthermore, in remembrance of the game of Durham, the refs called a lot of fouls for the Blue Devils.

Brown scored 30 points in the first meeting and shot 17 for 24 from the floor against UNC this season.

"He kept us in it", Krzyzewski said. That didn't guarantee they'd win a national championship, but if you lined every team up in the country to play shirts and skins (a terrifying thing to think about), no one would have more talent.

Giles provided game-altering momentum after teammate Amile Jefferson ended up in foul trouble in the North Carolina game.

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