North Carolina vs. Duke

  • North Carolina vs. Duke

North Carolina vs. Duke

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Miami was scoreless for the first 3½, giving this crowd of 17,732 further appreciation of the offensive prowess Duke and Notre Dame provided in the first game of the night session. In fact, he took exception to a question about the importance of this Duke-North Carolina rivalry in Brooklyn. The Blue Devils won on Saturday 74-65. Duke, on the other hand, ended Notre Dame's ACC Tourney run, and quite possibly, its season.

But Tar Heels' Roy Williams, one of the most experienced coaches in the country, subbed out all five of his starters. "I think we kept playing". "I have such a good time with them, we're always laughing and joking".

His 25 points were a career-high and Pinson has now scored in double figures in eight straight games. "I never used it a year ago until we got to (the Final Four in) Phoenix".

"It's a big-time game", Pinson said. "Everyone and their mama gonna be watching the game tomorrow". "Everybody knows that. I'm going to be ready".

"You know, a year ago we lost this game that's going to be played tomorrow", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "It's a flawless time for us to continue to come together and play at our best".

Both teams are on a roll. He's recorded six double-doubles in the last 14 contests.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Virginia is a big favorite again today, giving up 8 points to Clemson. Entering this season, Bagley was expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA Draft and that will likely come true if he goes pro after the season.

"My first time being here, a lot of the freshmen's first time being here, it's a great experience", Bagley said. He did grab 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of play against the Hurricanes, but the Tar Heels simply can not withstand another shooting night like that from him against a much more talented squad in Duke.

With Selection Sunday still days away, no one knows whether the Orange will be in or out of the NCAA Tournament.

"I thought their defense was just really good in the halfcourt", Boeheim said.

Duke's 100 wins and.694 winning percentage are the best of any league team. The Blue Devils beat the Tar Heels, 93-83, last season in a semifinal-round game.

It was nearly 9½ minutes before a North Carolina starter scored.

Earlier in the season, North Carolina's success came and went with the performance of Joel Berry and Luke Maye. Duke has yielded the second-fewest points among major conference teams since February 10 (Virginia, 54.2).

"It was a weird game, but those five guys got in and the best play was Seventh taking the ball to the basket", Williams said.