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Some new stars could emerge in Duke-UNC game
At North Carolina (21-9, 11-6), there's been relative stability when it comes to the starting lineup. The Tar Heels have gone with Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson in 26 of their 30 games. But several other Tar Heels have seen their involvement fluctuate.
Video: UNC Seniors Share Memories - 2015
Seniors Luke Davis, Desmond Hubert, Sasha Seymore and Jackson Simmons will play their last home game at the Dean Smith Center against Duke on Saturday. They share their fondest memories of playing for coach Roy Williams and becoming a member of the Carolina basketball family.
Duke At UNC Memories
To honor the great Dean Smith...I will say it's the first ever game in the Dean Smith Center on January 18, 1986. #1 UNC defeated #3 Duke by the score of 95-92. I sat with my family in our living room just in awe of the new home of Carolina Basketball.
UNC-Duke finale is meaningful … just not necessarily for the postseason
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday that “it’s always good to win” a rivalry game against Duke, regardless of where or when it happens. His counterpart Mike Krzyzewski would certainly concur. And yet, there always seems to be just a little more emotion and anticipation involved when the Blue Devils and Tar Heels meet every March in their traditional regular season finale.
Video: UNC Junior Drains $18K Half-Court Shot
North Carolina junior Forrest Reynolds hit a half-court shot during "College GameDay" to win $18,000.
Preview & Prediction: #19 UNC vs #4 Duke
UNC pushing the pace clearly bothered the Blue Devils and Duke is still operating with limited depth. On the other hand, the Tar Heels have gotten healthier since February 18th with the return of Theo Pinson. In short, the Tar Heels need to do what they do best which is pound the ball inside, control the backboards and get into transition which leads to easy baskets. Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 78
Jerry Stackhouse launching AAU team in Toronto
Given that so many young Canadians are making an impact in the basketball world, it’s becoming harder and harder to go unnoticed. Well, now you can add Jerry Stackhouse to the list of those realizing that the Great White North is fast-becoming a basketball hotbed. The retired 18-year NBA veteran is reportedly set to establish a new AAU team in Toronto.
Duke's guards, UNC's bigs main event in Round 2
All jokes aside, the Tar Heels have something nice waiting for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who this season led a men's college basketball team to a win for the 1,000th time. That hadn't been done before. “We're gonna give him a little presentation, something for winning 1,000,” UNC coach Roy Williams said Friday. “That's an unbelievable accomplishment.”
Isaiah Hicks battles ‘savior’ complex at UNC
North Carolina has trouble with the savior complex. Highly touted recruits don’t pan out, at least not in their first year, and they’re written off. The expectations soar for five-star recruits with impressive high school résumés and highlight reels. Yet sometimes they soar a bit too high, setting the bar at such an extreme height, not allowing for growing pains and missteps.
Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press Conference Quotes
Did you bring up the last game in Durham with team, and if so, what were the focal points? Roy Williams: “Yeah we brought it up. Because when we are looking at clips of Duke in our scouting report, what better information can you have than the clips of the last game. We do it in the scouting report like that, but it is not something we spend all the time on."
No. 19 North Carolina will look to avenge its tough road loss to No. 3 Duke when the Blue Devils visit Chapel Hill for both teams' regular season finale on Saturday. Tip off is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Duke enters Saturday's contest with a 27-3 (14-3 ACC) record. The Blue Devils have gone 4-0 since these two teams last met in Durham.
Winning the Paint
Lost in No. 19 North Carolina’s late game collapse in its first meeting with No. 3 Duke on Feb. 18 was a dominant offensive display in the paint. At Cameron Indoor Stadium 17 days ago, the Tar Heels scored 62 points in the paint, which remain the most by an ACC team in conference play over the past four seasons. Those 62 points are also the most Duke has allowed in that same four-year span.
Theo Pinson eager to be back for Duke game
When Theo Pinson went down with a broken foot earlier in the season, his first thought revolved around scheduling. Specifically, if he could be back for the final North Carolina-Duke game of the season. “When I went down, I thought ‘I’m not going to be able to play in the first one, I’ve got to play in this one,’” Pinson said. “I’m from North Carolina, and this is a big-time game."
Stakes Are High For Duke-Carolina, Round Two
No. 19 North Carolina will remember well its 92-90 overtime loss at Cameron Indoor a few weeks ago. Up by double digits in the closing minutes of regulation, some sloppy mistakes in a rowdy environment cost the Tar Heels dearly. Saturday offers a chance at redemption. That chance at revenge certainly isn’t lost on UNC head coach Roy Williams. Roy’s all fired up.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Duke
After UNC's defense went on walkabout for several games, the numbers have continued to rebound. Playing Georgia Tech twice certainly helps but even then the Tar Heels held NC State, which is a solid offensive team, to an offensive rating below 100. Duke's 110.0 was the last time an opponent has been over 100 in offensive efficiency versus UNC.