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Latest title-game loss especially painful for oh-so-close UNC
This chance to claim an ACC tournament championship wasn't about winning four games in four days. For the Tar Heels, it would have been a fulfilling reward for work spanning a full season, a breakthrough four years in the making. Instead, it was gone in 68 seconds. That's how long it took the Fighting Irish to erase a 64-56 deficit and complete a game-changing, 11-0 run.
Lucas: Ten Minutes Short
Funny thing about fatigue: when things are going well, you’re never tired. When Carolina was putting together a terrific 30 minutes in building a nine-point lead over Notre Dame with ten minutes to go in the ACC Tournament championship game, everyone looked fresh. Then the Fighting Irish blizzard began—Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called it “a lightning strike,” which seems accurate.
Tar Heels Fall in ACC Tournament Championship
No. 5 seed North Carolina was in control of Saturday’s ACC Tournament championship game until it wasn’t. The Tar Heels built a nine-point second-half lead and then watched it turn into a 14-point deficit over a seven-minute span. If fatigue set in, neither Roy Williams nor his Tar Heels would admit to it after the game. “They beat our butts,” Williams said. “That is the bottom line.”
Turner's Take: Disappointed, Not Discouraged
The run was just too much. After the Tar Heels fought back from a five-point halftime deficit, Notre Dame went on a scoring binge, outscoring UNC 24-3 over the next six minutes and 27 seconds. In that time, the Tar Heels turned the ball over six times –on two straight possessions, and then, after a timeout, three more in a row– and Notre Dame made 9 of 13 shots, including five straight.
UNC-Notre Dame: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "They played better than we did. We panicked a little bit more than we have at any time this year, and their defense got stronger with every basket and our movement got worse. But it's a tough day, and a very good three days. We did some good things for three days. Did some good things for 32 minutes today. That's about it, guys."
26-3 Second Half Irish Surge Dooms Tar Heels
Up 63-54 with 9:59 remaining, the rug was pulled out from under the Tar Heels. No. 5 seed North Carolina fell to third-seeded Notre Dame, 90-82, Saturday night in the ACC Tournament championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum. “That was a big-time game for about 30, 32 minutes, and then after that it was a big game if you were a Notre Dame fan. It wasn’t for us,” Roy Williams said.
Video: UNC-Notre Dame Game Highlights
Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson combine for 44 points but the Tar Heels fell in the ACC Tournament Championship to Notre Dame, 90-82, on March 14th, 2015.
No. 11 Notre Dame beats No. 19 UNC 90-82 to win ACC title
Jerian Grant scored 24 points and No. 11 Notre Dame took over with a 26-3 second-half run to rally past No. 19 North Carolina 90-82 on Saturday in the ACC title game. Pat Connaughton added 20 points for the Irish. They went from trailing by nine to up double figures with a stunning burst that seized momentum in what amounted to a road game and sent the program to its first title in any league.
Box Score: Notre Dame 90, North Carolina 82
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 90-82 loss to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament Finals on Saturday in Greensboro, NC:
What Was His Name? Notre Dame Edition
Luke Zeller played at Notre Dame from 2005-09. His college career was more befitting a middle child than the oldest in a trio of Zeller boys who played high-major college basketball and eventually in the NBA. Luke was a McDonald’s All American. Youngest brother Cody was named second-team All American at Indiana. Middle brother Tyler won a national title and ACC Player of the Year at North Carolina.
Post matchups key as Tar Heels take on Irish for ACC title
This is a game that will probably come down to UNC’s bigs, as it did the first time around. Carolina didn’t shoot well back in that one-point January loss, but they rebounded over half of their misses. Still, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson were a combined 6-of-19 from the field in 44 minutes and had nine rebounds between them.
Tar Heels’ run is fitting this year
Yet here is UNC on the cusp of a championship game that will be played one month and one week since Dean Smith died. The Tar Heels of now look more like the Tar Heels of old, which means anything is possible when a title is at stake. UNC’s Kennedy Meeks –– a big man who’s not quite as big after losing nearly 50 pounds over the past season –– says he doesn’t know much about karma, but thinks something not of this world could be in the works.
ACC Tournament Preview: (5) North Carolina vs. (3) Notre Dame
After the entire season built to a Virgina-Duke ACC Tournament Championship, it will instead be North Carolina facing off against Notre Dame for the conference title. UNC knocked off Virginia in stunning fashion Friday night, and Notre Dame held onto a big first half lead to eliminate Duke, setting the table for a Saturday night showdown in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Against UNC, Notre Dame gets another shot at an in-state blueblood
North Carolina won't face its biggest rival, but there's still an element of redemption involved. Most importantly, a championship is at stake. Third-seeded Notre Dame, which beat UNC in Chapel Hill during the regular season, defeated Duke on Friday night to advance to an ACC tournament final matchup with the fifth-seeded Tar Heels.
Carolina To Face Notre Dame For ACC Title
Fifth-seeded North Carolina and third-seeded Notre Dame will meet on Saturday night in Greensboro with the 2015 ACC title on the line. Carolina is making a record 33rd appearance in an ACC final and is 93-43 in ACC Tournament games overall. A Tar Heel win vs. Notre Dame would tie Duke (94-43) for most ACC Tournament victories in conference history.