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Five memorable moments in Dean Smith's career in the Greensboro Coliseum
1997 Smith wins his last ACC tournament championship, a bookend to the 1967 title, beating N.C. State 64-54 in the finals. Tournament MVP Shammond Williams and Antawn Jamison lead the way. That final season, Smith won his final game against every ACC team.
ACC Tournament Preview
North Carolina's first matchup against Boston College or Georgia Tech should be very winnable as the Tar Heels went 3-0 in the regular season against those two. Beyond that are matchups with Louisville and then potentially Virginia. A win against the Cardinals in the quarterfinals is critical for momentum heading into the Big Dance.
Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Named to All-ACC Third Team
Tar Heel juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson were named to the All-ACC Third Team in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the ACC has announced. Paige, who was a first team selection last season, had 97 points including four first team votes. Johnson had 40 points and was the final member of the third team. UNC sophomore Kennedy Meeks was Honorable Mention with 10 points.
Tar Heel usher dyes beard Carolina blue, because Duke-UNC
Don't even come up to this usher if you're a Duke fan in the Dean Dome tonight. He will not point you to your seats. This is UNC's super fan usher and he doesn't care who knows. That's why he dyed his beard the perfect shade of Carolina blue just for the heated Duke-UNC game on Saturday night. It's strangely beautiful.
Familiar Script for Tar Heels
There’s a thin line between the elite and the just good of college basketball. North Carolina has long been on the right side of that divide. Games like Saturday’s loss to No. 3 Duke, however, provide insight into the minutiae that separate the haves and have-nots. Good teams, such as this UNC edition, don’t have much, if any, margin of error against elite teams like Duke, Virginia and Kentucky.
Failure Of Focus Costs UNC In Loss To Duke
The collapse didn’t happen as quickly this time, but that didn't make it any less painful. After closing convincingly in a win against Miami on the last day of February, they were sure that their late-game terrors were dispelled. Now, as they head into a postseason that begins on Wednesday as the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, they’re still seeking a way to become a complete team.
Lucas: Sun Comes Up
The bottom line is that Saturday night was awful, really, and I hope you never have to experience it ever in your whole life, except that if we’re lucky we’ll get to do it again next year. There will be parts we can't watch and parts that make us scream and yell for all the wrong and right reasons and it will take years off our lives, probably, except for the parts where it incredibly enriches our lives. I really can’t wait.
Pregame warmth turns feisty on the court
As much as the moment of silence to honor Dean Smith at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Smith Center ceremony to recognize Coach K for reaching 1,000 career wins brought the two programs together, the players tried to rip each other apart as soon as the opening tip was held. The Tar Heels let a chance at an upset in Durham slip away, and the rematch was much more of a physical encounter.
Tar Heels Lose Edge in Post
No. 19 North Carolina’s plan to replicate its sizable post scoring differential from the first meeting with No. 3 Duke fizzled out in Saturday’s 84-77 loss. This time around Duke was the team capitalizing in the paint with a 32-28 advantage. “They were more aggressive driving the ball to the basket,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters following the game.
Video: Marcus Paige Post-Duke Interview
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige answered questions following the Tar Heels' loss to Duke on March 7th, 2015.
UNC-Duke Postgame Notes
Carolina falls to 21-10 overall, 11-7 in the ACC and 10-5 at home this year. UNC is the #5 seed in the ACC Tournament next week in Greensboro. The Tar Heels play on Wednesday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. versus the winner of Tuesday’s Boston College-Georgia Tech game. Marcus Paige led Carolina with 23 points, which matches his season scoring high. He also had 23 in a win at NC State.
Recap & Analysis: Duke 84 UNC 77
It wasn't about effort, want to or any other inane notions people like to come up with. It was a UNC team which simply struggles to execute offensively at times falling prey to a good offensive team that the Tar Heels couldn't string together stops against when it counted. The result was Duke's third straight win over UNC, an 84-77 victory on Senior Night.
Roy Williams Post-Duke Quotes
Roy Williams: "Tired of saying this, but congratulate Duke. They did some really good things. Tyus 12-12 from the foul line, seven assists and one turnover. Jahlil made some big hoops for them down the stretch. Quinn made a couple big baskets driving. They're a really good basketball team. We had a tough stretch in there."
Video: UNC-Duke Game Highlights
Marcus Paige scored 23 points but the Tar Heels dropped a tight game to no. 3 Duke, 84-77, on March 7th, 2015.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams addressed the media following the team's loss to Duke on March 7th, 2015.