Video: "Glitter Girl" cheers on the Tar HeelsAlex Koszeghy is a Tar Heel like no other. The UNC senior coats herself in Carolina blue glitter for nearly every home sporting event. But Koszeghy's reasoning for sparkling up goes far beyond her love for Carolina sports. The "Glitter Girl" rather embodies the importance of individuality and self-love.
UNC struggles with Berry on the benchFrom the 15:04 mark to the 4:58 mark in the second half, UNC point guard Joel Berry sat on the bench with foul fouls. During that time Duke would go on a 20-4 run, pulling ahead of the Tar Heels, and essentially putting the game out of reach. Duke would go on to win 93-83, sending UNC home early and ending a shot at repeating as ACC Tournament champs. (Carolina Blue)
Justin Jackson needs to rediscover his shot if the Tar Heels want to return to the NCAA ChampionshipACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson is arguably UNC’s most important player. That title is both a blessing and curse for the Jackson, and recently, it’s been more of a burden. Jackson has hit a scoring slump recently, shooting only 37 percent from the floor and averaging only 11 points per game over the last three games. And that trend continued Friday. (Yahoo! Sports)
Justin Jackson takes responsibility for lossRecently crowned ACC Player of the Year, Justin Jackson did not bring his normal consistent offensive game on Friday night. Jackson shot 6-for-22 for the game in the loss to Duke. He was 3-for-15 in the second half. (Carolina Blue)
The 'Ceiling is the Roof' Jordan quote has spawned a thriving T-shirt businessBut Jordan’s brand wasn’t the only one with the idea of embracing Jordan’s spin on “the sky is the limit.” Several spinoff versions of the shirt popped up within hours of Jordan’s halftime speech. Ryan Cocca, an alumnus of UNC and founder of Thrill City, a clothing brand based in Durham, North Carolina, also saw a business opportunity. (Yahoo! Sports)
Duke loss forces soul searching for Tar HeelsWith 2:21 to play in the first half, UNC led Duke by 13 points. Then, just as they did the day before, against Miami, the Tar Heels took their foot off of a downed opponent’s neck. Duke rallied to cut the deficit nearly in half, to seven at the half. Again, just like in the Miami game, UNC came out in the second half and rebuilt its lead. This time, however, Duke had some fight left. (Carolina Blue)
Lucas: Playing Through ItIn a six-minute span following UNC’s loss to Duke, Justin Jackson uttered some variation of the phrase, “That loss was on me,” 18 times. That’s not an exaggeration. “I played terrible. I take full responsibility for that.” That’s just a sampling from the junior, who answered every question for nearly a half-hour after the Tar Heels were eliminated from the ACC Tournament. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Come UndoneThe obvious explanation for No. 1 seed North Carolina’s collapse against Duke on Friday night was a whistle blown with 15:04 to play, which signaled Joel Berry’s fourth foul. The play marked the start of the Tar Heels’ decline. “I couldn’t do nothing about it,” Berry said. “I was frustrated. I put the blame on me.I felt like me not being on the court hurt my team.” (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Players Post-Duke InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with reporters following the Tar Heels' 93-83 loss to Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson, Kennedy Meeks
Duke Erases 13-Point Second Half Deficit, Stuns UNC in ACC Tournament SemifinalsFor the first 25 minutes of Friday’s UNC-Duke showdown in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament Semifinals, it appeared the top-seeded Tar Heels would pound the Blue Devils into the ground with their inside play. Then point guard Joel Berry went to the bench with his fourth foul and the entire game changed—as Duke rallied from 13 points down to win 93-83. (Chapelboro.com)
Bracketology: UNC still 1-seed for now, Duke eyeing 2-lineNorth Carolina fell to Duke by a score of 93-83 in the ACC tournament semifinals on Friday night, and that may put their No. 1 seed in jeopardy. For now, the Tar Heels will stay on the top line of the bracket as the fourth overall No. 1. The Tar Heels won the ACC regular season, and therefore has a high number of quality wins, but they came mostly at home. (CBS Sports)
Krzyzewski, Kennard, Allen Post-UNC Press Conference TranscriptCoach K: "Another great game. Holy mackerel. Tonight we beat an outstanding team, obviously a team that can win the national title. Did a great job of winning our regular season. Our guys just fought. When we were down by 13, Jayson got that dunk, called a time-out just to get rested. Let's go. Let's try to make a charge now." (ASAP Sports)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 93-83 loss to Duke on Friday in the ACC Tournament Semifinals.
No. 14 Duke races past No. 6 UNC 93-83 in ACC semifinalsJayson Tatum scored 24 points and No. 14 Duke rallied past No. 6 North Carolina with a lightning-fast surge in the second half, taking advantage of foul trouble for Tar Heels point guard Joel Berry II and beating its rival 93-83 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals. Regardless of the locale, this edition of the storied rivalry had many of the usual elements. (Associated Press)
Roy Williams, Nate Britt, Isaiah Hicks Post-Duke Press Conference TranscriptRoy Williams: "Congratulations to Duke. It was a big time game for a while, and then it got so it was not a big time game. I think the most disciplined, the best coached team, the most focused team is the one that won the game tonight. I didn't do as good a job as Mike did. One of our biggest focus, play defense without fouling. They shot 37 free throws." (ASAP Sports)
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