Second half lifts Heels past DukeNorth Carolina rallied from an 11-point second half deficit Thursday night to take down Duke 74-66, setting off a spirited post-game celebration at half-court in the Smith Center. The win was UNC's eighth straight, as the Tar Heels have pulled itself off the NCAA Tournament bubble while setting itself up to return to the national rankings as soon as next week. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: UNC-Duke Game HighlightsView complete game highlights of North Carolina's 74-66 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on Thursday.
Dick Vitale does not approve of UNC fans rushing the courtUnranked UNC beat #4 Duke on Thursday night in a thrilling game that saw the Heels come back from a halftime deficit and grab a big win in front of a packed home crowd. After the game, fans stormed the court, because they’re college kids and their team just beat their biggest rival and because college is fun. Dick Vitale did NOT like that North Carolina stormed the court. (USA Today)
Five observations: Duke-North CarolinaHere are five observations from North Carolina’s 74-66 win over No. 5 Duke on Thursday night. North Carolina’s resilience: Marcus Paige finished the first half without one point. He was 0-for-2. And his three assists equaled his three turnovers. It wasn’t a pretty opening for the point guard. But he shook it off. And the rest of his team followed his lead. (ESPN.com)
Instant analysis on Duke-North CarolinaHow the Tar Heels Won: After an eight-day wait, the first Duke-North Carolina matchup of the year didn't disappoint. North Carolina overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No. 6 Duke, 74-66, sparking a rare court-storming scene at North Carolina. UNC also won despite horrendous free-throw shooting early in the first half. (USA Today)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - DukeImmediately put that on the list of the top 5-10 games ever at the Smith Center. It was that good. You will not find a better atmosphere in sports, much less college basketball. Huge free throws by Nate Britt, a freshman who has made a habit of making big second half free throws. His 4-4 down the stretch helped clinch the game. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Desmond Hubert Putback Dunk vs. DukeNorth Carolina center Desmond Hubert had a huge put-back dunk in the first half of Thursday's 74-66 win against Duke.
North Carolina rallies to beat No. 5 Duke 74-66Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 74-66 on Thursday night in the rivalry's weather-delayed game. Senior Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels, who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils. (ESPN.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto Put-back Slam vs. DukeJ.P. Tokoto has a huge put-back slam while trailing on the fast break in North Carolina's 74-66 win against Duke.
Video: Ademola Okulaja knocks off VirginiaAdemola Okulaja hits a game-winning three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in UNC's 67-66 win at Virginia on February 20, 1999.
Box Score: North Carolina 74, Duke 66View the complete box score from North Carolina's 74-66 win over the Duke Blue Devils Thursday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Video: Len Bias hands UNC first loss in the Dean DomeLen Bias scores 35 points to lead Maryland to a 77-72 overtime win, UNC’s first defeat in the Smith Center on February 20, 1986.
Video: The Carolina-Duke RivalryGet pumped for tipoff with an historical look back at the North Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry in this video shown at UNC's Senior Night in 2013.
Lucky Duke-UNC Fans Got Hot Ticket in SnowstormTicket prices had been dropping on the assumptions that the game would be played that night in Chapel Hill and that it would be nearly impossible for most Tar Heel fans to get to the Dean E. Smith Center. As soon as the game was rescheduled, though, the ticket market effectively hit the reset button. (Wall Street Journal)
Jacobs: ’79 Duke-UNC basketball game and the seven-point first halfSometimes what doesn’t happen speaks more eloquently than what does. Certainly that was true when Dean Smith, a master at manipulating the rules, led his Tar Heels to the locker room at halftime against Duke with a glaring zero displayed in North Carolina’s scoring column. (Charlotte Observer)
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