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Five Thoughts From UNC's Win Over Duke
In the second half, UNC employed a series of defensive changes against Duke using the 3-2 zone, man-to-man and, for the first time this season, a 1-3-1 look. While the Tar Heels had used the 3-2 some this season with a fair amount of effectiveness, the 1-3-1 came out of nowhere, or did it?
The Revolving Door of Unlikely Tar Heel Heroes
Critics can say what they want about UNC's 2013-14 squad, but this team just gets it done. There isn't one player that is truly dominant night in and night out. And there probably isn't a 2014 lottery pick on this team, even if James Michael McAdoo chooses to forego his final year of eligibility. But these kids have heart. And with every game, it seems there is another hero.
Michael Jordan wins appeal in endoresment case
Companies now will have to be careful how they congratulate the achievements of athletes with whom they don't have endorsement deals. On Wednesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Illinois ruled that Jewel Food Stores did not have the right to publicly congratulate Michael Jordan on his Hall of Fame induction in an ad featuring its logo and the supermarket's motto.
Tar Heels' big win creates questions
For thousands of North Carolina fans, Thursday’s 74-66 win by the Tar Heels over Duke was an answered prayer. But looking at it from another angle, the outcome created more questions than answers on some fronts. To wit: Is Leslie McDonald really back? McDonald’s 21 points on 9-for-12 field goal shooting against Duke arguably was the best performance of his college career.
Jay Bilas On The Heels Win And Why K Didn’t Switch To Zone
ESPN’s Jay Bilas, who called last night’s UNC/Duke game joined Mac and Jim to recap the game, UNC’s 1-3-1 zone, life in the ACC, what impresses him most about the Tar Heels, and UNC’s foul shots. On Coach K’s reluctance to play zone: He’s got about 1,000 wins playing man, so the 300-400 losses are all because he didn’t play zone? I don’t think so. It’s more how you play the defense,
Turner's Take: Multiple Defense
There were certainly offensive highlights in Carolina’s thrilling win over Duke Thursday night - Tokoto’s dunk follow, Paige’s three and Leslie’s jumper for the lead, to name three - but the game hinged on a terrific defensive stretch that kept the game within striking distance. Carolina showed three different defenses to confuse the Blue Devils and ultimately emerge victorious.
The Best Of The UNC-Duke Videos
So, are you ready to relive last night's 74-66 win over Duke yet? Of course you are. We've compiled the best videos from in and around the Smith Center, for virtually every perspective on the victory. First, start with the game highlights, narrated by Jones Angell and Eric Montross:
Time to believe in Carolina
North Carolina finally gave a reason to believe what you see. This unlikely bunch of Tar Heels became the first team in history to beat the Associated Press preseason No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Michigan State), No. 3 (Louisville) and No. 4 (Duke) with their 74-66 win over the Blue Devils on Thursday. Their previous wins all gave way to inconsistent play. But Thursday’s victory is the one that can be trusted.
New-found maturity, pent-up emotion helps UNC ‘rush’ past Duke
Whether the unusually raucous crowd of 21,750 was the spark that ignited UNC’s eighth straight victory overall and first in three years against its hated rival at home or vice versa is both uncertain and inconsequential. All that matters is that the once-stumbling Tar Heels are rapidly rounding into the formidable team they were originally predicted to be. And that people are starting to take notice.
Antawn Jamison joins Atlanta Hawks
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded veteran forward Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks. Jamison is likely to work out a buyout with the Hawks, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs both expressed interest in the veteran forward over the summer as he looked for a contender with whom to chase a first NBA title.
International interest comes to Tobacco Road
The two teams on the court Thursday night may be based just 8 miles apart in the Triangle, but the basketball rivalry between the University of North Carolina and Duke University has international appeal. A team of journalists from the United Kingdom was in Chapel Hill to cover the game and the storied rivalry.
Talking Points: Delayed gratification for Heels
At some point older fans and media will realize students really don't care about the unwritten rules of court storming or the stodgy opinions of a generation that already had their time on campus. Let them enjoy their youth and the amusing stupidity that goes along with it.
Storify: Win Reaction
Tar Heel fans flooded the Smith Center court and Franklin Street after the 8 point victory over the Blue Devils.
Video: The Barbershop Rivalry - Duke Or UNC
It was the ultimate battle of the blues inside Cuts & Stuff Barbershop on the day of the big rivalry game. Which side are you on? You're either Duke or Carolina and there's no in between.
Storify: Carolina 74, Duke 66
8 miles. 8 days. 8 points. 8 straight. The Smith Center was electric for the victory over Duke, 74-66. Wake Forest heads to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Saturday at Noon.