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Carolina-Duke: Four things to watch
It's UNC-Duke on Thursday night. It's two teams vying for what might just be one of the top four spots in the ACC tournament (and the top four spots receive byes for the first two days). Four things to keep an eye on: 1. UNC's perimeter defense vs. Duke's perimeter shooters. Roy Williams knows how well Duke can shoot the ball. The Blue Devils are making 41.6 percent of their three-point shots.
UNC players: "Snowstorm wasn't a horrible thing"
Disappointed students, who walked away without seeing the Battle of the Blues last Wednesday, may disagree but the Tar Heels said the snowstorm wasn’t a horrible thing. “A week off didn’t hurt us,” said James Michael McAdoo. “The game being cancelled definitely gave us time to rest and catch up with schoolwork. And off course it gave us time to be kids and play in the snow.”
UNC still buzzing for Duke matchup
It will never be known what would have happened if the UNC-Duke game was played when originally scheduled. UNC was hot, coming off a five-game winning streak, and the atmosphere could have been one of the best the rivalry has ever seen. Williams said he felt the Tar Heels were in a good frame of mind heading into the contest. But, when you flash forward a week, not much has changed.
Tyler Zeller has big night
Tyler Zeller scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 14 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers pushed their winning streak to five games Tuesday night with a 114-85 victory over the skidding Philadelphia 76ers. Irving, selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday with 31 points and 14 assists, played only 23 minutes in this rout.
Since last week's postponement, North Carolina has added two more victories to make it a seven-winning streak heading into this rivalry matchup against the hot-shooting Blue Devils. Tip-off at the Smith Center on Thursday is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network.
Tar Heels revved up to resume 15-501 rivalry after snowout
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was “very disappointed” that UNC’s game against Duke last Wednesday was postponed. But after the Tar Heels picked up two more big wins over the past week, his team should be even more prepared when the storied rivalry resumes Thursday night at the Smith Center (9:10 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network).
Wednesday Basketball Press Conference Quotes
Roy Williams on guarding Duke's 3-point shot: "Well, we better guard it tomorrow night. I think they’re the best 3-point shooting team in the country. They shoot 42 percent in conference games, and we have no one individual on our team shooting that well. We think Marcus is having a great, great year from the 3-point line, and he’s shooting 36 percent. Their whole team is shooting over 42."
Video: Roy Williams, Players Pre-Duke Press Conference
Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, and James Michael McAdoo talk about the Tar Heels being in the middle of playing 4 games in 8 days and preview the rescheduled showdown with Duke.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Duke (Take Two)
The oddity about having a game postponed is it means doing a second preview which applies to the same game. Since the numbers have changed slightly since last week, here is the latest in the statistical match-up. The only notable change in the numbers from a week ago is UNC has improved its offensive ranking rising to 60th in offensive efficiency.
Tar Heels facing rare Big Four run
With the postponement of the Duke at UNC game from Feb. 12 to Thursday, one of the ACC’s most unusual basketball scheduling sequences is at hand. For only third time since 1967, UNC will face Big Four rivals Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State in succession -- Thursday in Chapel Hill against the Blue Devils, Saturday in Chapel Hill against Wake and Wednesday at State.
UNC buildings defaced with Duke graffiti
According to ESPN, Rivalry Week officially concluded Monday, but the Tobacco Road feud is in full swing. A day before North Carolina takes on Duke at the Smith Center and week after the original game was postponed due to heavy snowfall and icy roads, someone graffitied a handful of buildings on UNC’s campus including South Building, the Campus Y and the Student Union.
Former Chapel Hill High teammates James Manor, Denzel Robinson now part of UNC basketball family
Once you put on that Carolina blue, you’re part of the family. Just ask James Manor or Denzel Robinson. “The best part about being part of North Carolina basketball is the getting the opportunity to go to work with the best coaching staff and the best players in America,” say Robinson.
Tar Heels going with defensive Plan B
Several times during UNC's seven-game win streak, coach Roy Williams' post-game remarks have included, almost apologetically, that the opponent missed some shots they normally make. As if the Tar Heels didn't have anything to do with the other teams' low shooting percentages. As if Williams doesn't want the secret to get out. The Tar Heels believe in their defense.
5 Keys to a Tar Heel victory over Duke
The Tar Heels are currently riding a seven-game winning streak, which has them just a game behind Duke for the third-place spot in the conference. Taking down the No. 5 team in the country won’t be an easy task for the Heels, though. It will take one of their most complete games of the season. Sticking to these five keys just might earn them a victory.
Video: This Week in Carolina Basketball
The Tar Heels are in the middle of playing four games in eight days and are coming off wins against Pittsburgh and Florida State. Up next is Duke on Thursday then Wake Forest on Saturday.