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Video: UNC-Duke Post-Game Player Interviews
North Carolina players J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige talk about the Tar Heels' big home win over Duke.
UNC's 1-3-1 Defense Sparks Comeback
Roy Williams has the reputation for being set in his ways. That’s not a valid critique against arch rival Duke, though. On Thursday, the 11th-year UNC head coach adjusted his defensive script with a 1-3-1 zone that fueled his team’s 74-66 comeback victory. Not only did the 1-3-1 close Duke’s penetration lanes, but the two defenders set up on the wings took away certain looks from long range.
Final Thoughts: North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 66
Leslie McDonald scored 21 points to lead all scorers and he did it while shooting 9-for-12 from the floor. The guard led UNC to a 74-66 win on Thursday against rival Duke to give the Tar Heels their eighth-straight win. Staff writer Mark Thompson compiled a few final thoughts on the win for UNC.
Top stats to know: UNC 74, Duke 66
North Carolina outscored Duke 18-6 over the final 4 minutes, 55 seconds. The Tar Heels made their final 10 free throw attempts (after making only 10 of their first 21) and had no turnovers over the last eight minutes (after committing 13 in the first 32 minutes). In contrast, Duke missed five of its last seven shots, including all four 3-pointers it tried.
Video: Marcus Paige's Second Half Points vs. Duke
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige scores all of his 13 points in the second half in the Tar Heels' huge 74-66 win against Duke in Chapel Hill.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 74 Duke 66
UNC's defense won this game. While Roy Williams' North Carolina teams have been known for a decade-plus as great on offense, the calling card for this version of the Tar Heels might be the defense. UNC held the #1 team in KenPom's ratings to 66 points, 42% shooting from the floor and 22% shooting from three.
UNC-Duke Post-Game Notes
The Tar Heels are now 133-104 against Duke, including 61-34 in Chapel Hill, 16-13 in the Smith Center and 10-12 under head coach Roy Williams. Carolina is the first team to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll since the AP began releasing a pre-season poll in 1961-62. The Tar Heels have beaten pre-season #1 Kentucky, #2 Michigan State, #3 Louisville and #4 Duke.
UNC-Duke Post-Game Quotes
Roy Williams opening statement: "Well, we certainly played a lot better in the second half, I think. For a few minutes there both teams were fighting so hard it wasn't very pretty. It's really two teams that fought awfully hard and understand where they stand in this rivalry. It's a great, great rivalry and it's fun to be involved in it. Loved our guys' composure down the stretch."
Tar Heels charge back, knock off Blue Devils
No. 5 Duke and North Carolina took the court eight days later than initially scheduled. UNC’s game was a late arrival Thursday night, too. It didn’t matter in the end. The Tar Heels fumbled and stumbled before gathering themselves when it counted for a 74-66 victory. It was the team’s first meeting this season after last week’s game was postponed because of snow.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams speaks to the media after the Tar Heels come-from-behind win at home against Duke.
Heels turn up the heat, force Devils to wilt
On a hot winter's night, North Carolina knocked Duke ice cold. In a loud and heated evening in the sweltering Dean Dome, tardy Duke showed up on time and slid out of control as Carolina made the Blue Devils pay for eight days of waiting. UNC dragged down Duke and won a huge ACC basketball game 74-66 Thursday night.
Second half lifts Heels past Duke
North Carolina rallied from an 11-point second half deficit Thursday night to take down Duke 74-66, setting off a spirited post-game celebration at half-court in the Smith Center. The win was UNC's eighth straight, as the Tar Heels have pulled itself off the NCAA Tournament bubble while setting itself up to return to the national rankings as soon as next week.
Video: UNC-Duke Game Highlights
View complete game highlights of North Carolina's 74-66 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on Thursday.
Dick Vitale does not approve of UNC fans rushing the court
Unranked UNC beat #4 Duke on Thursday night in a thrilling game that saw the Heels come back from a halftime deficit and grab a big win in front of a packed home crowd. After the game, fans stormed the court, because they’re college kids and their team just beat their biggest rival and because college is fun. Dick Vitale did NOT like that North Carolina stormed the court.
Five observations: Duke-North Carolina
Here are five observations from North Carolina’s 74-66 win over No. 5 Duke on Thursday night. North Carolina’s resilience: Marcus Paige finished the first half without one point. He was 0-for-2. And his three assists equaled his three turnovers. It wasn’t a pretty opening for the point guard. But he shook it off. And the rest of his team followed his lead.