North Carolina beats Duke, adds the icing to an outright ACC titleThe No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament was already theirs and thanks to Louisville’s win over Notre Dame, so was the outright regular season title. But UNC’s 90-83 win over Duke, avenging its loss from Feb. 9 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, was the bonus Saturday. Joel Berry carried Carolina with his game-high 28 points. He finished perfect on five 3-point attempts. (ESPN.com)
North Carolina Beats Duke, 90-83Joel Berry II scored 28 points — including a critical late-game burst of seven straight for his team — to help No. 5 North Carolina hold off No. 17 Duke 90-83 on Saturday night. Isaiah Hicks added 21 points for the Tar Heels, who battled through a nearly shot-for-shot fight with their fiercest rival to finish unbeaten at home. The game featured 24 lead changes and 14 ties (Associated Press)
Video: Joel Berry Goes Off vs DukeJoel Berry was en fuego, scoring a team-high 28 points (including a perfect 5-5 from deep) to lead North Carolina to a 90-83 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on March 4, 2017.
Box Score: North Carolina 90, Duke 83View the complete box score from North Carolina's 90-83 win over Duke Saturday on Senior Night in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Jordan Brand Expands Partnership To UNC FootballJordan Brand and UNC have agreed to expand their partnership to make UNC the second collegiate football program to represent the Jumpman on the gridiron. The Tar Heels’ storied basketball history spans generations and includes numerous memorable moments like Michael Jordan hitting the game-winning shot for UNC in the 1982 National Championship game. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Michael Jordan announces UNC football team will wear JumpmanMichael Jordan returns to North Carolina for their game against Duke and announces that the UNC Football team will wear Jordan Brand this upcoming season.
10-Year Anniversary of Gerald Henderson's Bloody Blow to Tyler HansbroughOn March 4, 2007, with 17 seconds remaining, UNC sophomore forward Tyler Hansbrough missed the second of two free throws. The All-American retrieved the rebound and attacked the bucket. Duke guard Gerald Henderson had other plans, delivering a violent elbow to Hansbrough's face that sent him to the Dean Dome floor, where his nose began gushing blood. (Hero Sports)
Three to know: No. 17 Duke at No. 5 North CarolinaAfter missing the first meeting with a hamstring injury, North Carolina will have senior Isaiah Hicks. The 6-foot-9 forward looms large since there’s no obvious matchup among Duke’s regular starters. The concern, though, is just how ready Hicks will be to perform. In the five games since returning, he’s averaged 5.4 points and looked uncomfortable. (Fayetteville Observer)
Know Your Opponent: DukeDuke's win over UNC on Feb. 9 was the midpoint of a surge that saw the Blue Devils win seven straight and briefly threaten the top of the ACC standings. But back-to-back road losses allowed the Tar Heels to clinch an outright league title prior to Saturday's season finale. The story down the stretch for Duke has been the health of Grayson Allen and Amile Jefferson. (GoHeels.com)
Justin Jackson, Luke Kennard jockeying for ACC Player of the YearTwo players to keep a close tab on during Saturday's game are Duke sophomore guard Luke Kennard and North Carolina junior forward Justin Jackson. Both are having superb seasons and in the discussion for ACC Player of the Year. Wake Forest forward John Collins is also having a spectacular year and is another player who is in contention for the award. (ESPN.com)
Redefining Kennedy MeeksKennedy Meeks' maturity and growth is all thanks to his UNC basketball family. “I’ve done a tremendous job with my ability to listen, my ability to be big in certain situations for our team,” Meeks said. “And I couldn’t have done it without any of these guys right here.” Enduring the struggles, Roy Williams said, can be rewarding. And it's certainly been for Meeks. (Inside Carolina)
Justin Jackson: Home in CarolinaJustin Jackson: "This school, this coach, this court — the same one I first played on when I was 14 — there was a legacy at North Carolina that was way bigger than us — bigger than a few knucklehead freshmen who had won some high school awards. And that’s when I realized something that was eye-opening: I needed UNC way more than UNC needed me." (The Players' Tribune)
A stat that bodes well for North Carolina's chances tonightDuke has had a bit more success than North Carolina of late in the rivalry. But ESPN College GameDay’s Rece Davis listed a stat that bodes well for the Tar Heels’ chances. "We’ll find out tonight whether the ACC regular season title is still on the line or if North Carolina has wrapped it up. If Louisville were to beat Notre Dame, it would be over," Davis said. (Carolina Blue)
Ranking the 20 best Duke vs. UNC performances of the modern eraThe latest chapter of UNC-Duke will be played Saturday, a rivalry that has pitted some of the best players against each other. But with names like M.J., Redick, Hansbrough and Battier going head-to-head, who has had the best individual performance? We've pored through every box score since 1980, with emphasis placed on games where both teams were highly ranked. (FOX Sports)
The Old Man & His TeamConsider this for a moment: Stilman White was Tar Heel teammates with players who were members of North Carolina’s 2009 national championship team, and if any of UNC’s current freshmen stay until their senior years, he will also have been Tar Heel teammates with someone on the 2020 UNC squad. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
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