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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.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Duke
Terrific defensive work by Joel James in the first half on Jahlil Okafor. His size seemed to bother Okafor, as James continually pushed him a step or two off the block. Now, about those turnovers. It's going to be instructive--and very, very painful--to go through the film and see which of UNC's 11 second-half turnovers were forced and which were unforced.
No. 3 Duke holds off No. 19 North Carolina 84-77
Tyus Jones had a big second half to help No. 3 Duke shoot 59 percent after the break and beat No. 19 North Carolina 84-77 on Saturday night. Jones scored 17 of his season-high 24 in the second half for the Blue Devils (28-3, 15-3 ACC), who capitalized on a handful of key turnovers by the Tar Heels (21-10, 11-7) to finally get a fragile hold on a game in which neither team could get many second-half stops.
Video: Marcus Paige Highlights vs. Duke
Marcus Paige scored 23 points (6-10 FG, 5-9 3pt-FG, 6-6 FT) to go along with 5 assists and 3 steals against Duke on March 7th, 2015.
Box Score: Duke 84, North Carolina 77
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 84-77 loss to Duke on Senior Night in Chapel Hill:
Blue Devils, Tar Heels look for edges in rematch
Duke and North Carolina have another matchup with the responsibility of living up to the past. The regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference closes tonight at the Smith Center, where neither team will be crowned the regular-season champion but both sides will try to tune up in positioning for the postseason. “I’m so emotionally drained after some of those games,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of the rivalry with the Blue Devils.
Paige, Okafor have incentive to play better in this UNC-Duke meeting
Marcus Paige had a shot for redemption near the end of a disappointing performance at Duke. He missed it. Now, with 19th-ranked North Carolina (21-9, 11-6) hosting the third-ranked Blue Devils (27-3, 14-3) in an ACC finale Saturday night, Paige and the Tar Heels have an opportunity to redeem themselves at the end of a difficult regular season. Paige, not Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, was voted ACC preseason player of the year in October.
Carolina looks for big success against Duke
There's no hiding North Carolina's offensive game plan to go inside in its second meeting Saturday with Duke. Matter of fact, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is practically inviting it. The Tar Heels scored 62 points in the paint against Duke -- the most it has allowed in four seasons. Krzyzewski said he was going to stick with his four-guard starting lineup that uses Justise Winslow at power forward, which will leave Carolina with a size advantage.