UNC's thrilling win over Duke reminds us why this is America's greatest rivalryThey played 80 minutes of basketball against each other, so far, and not once in all that time did either UNC or Duke hold a lead that reached double-digits. This is how the Devils and Tar Heels do things, perpetually. They are close geographically, closer competitively. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the program at Duke, they have played 86 times. Duke has won 44, UNC 42. (Sporting News)
As postseason looms, win over Duke a reminder that UNC has unfinished businessMichael Jordan shared interesting philosophical views regarding ceilings and roofs. Grayson Allen took heat from the Smith Center crowd before the game even began, then took his elbow to the face of a Tar Heels player to earn a technical foul, then hit a couple big shots, then missed some free throws, all of it whiplashing 21,750 people between rage and delight. (Sports Illustrated)
UNC-Duke Postgame NotesUNC wins the ACC regular-season championship for the 31st time (ACC record) and the 21st time outright (ACC record) with a 14-4 record. Florida State, Notre Dame and Louisville tie for second at 12-6, two games behind the Tar Heels. The win was the 58th ACC win for seniors Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks. That ties the UNC record with Danny Green and Tyler Hansbrough. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels top it off, beat DukeNorth Carolina is back on top of college basketball’s greatest rivalry. Joel Berry, efficient as ever in the first half and coming up big down the stretch, carried fifth-ranked North Carolina past No. 17 Duke 90-83 in ACC action Saturday night at the Smith Center, avenging last month’s loss and gaining momentum heading into next week’s ACC Tournament. (Burlington Times News)
For Tar Heels’ Joel Berry, old form returns at perfect timeAfter weeks of uneven play for Joel Berry, the point guard and emotional leader for fifth-ranked North Carolina finally felt like his old, confident self on Saturday night. Making it sweeter was the fact that the moment was coming during a game against archrival Duke. “I knew I was into the game,” he said. “It was going to be a good night.” (Fayetteville Observer)
Berry, Hicks Combine to Carry No. 5 UNC Past No. 17 Duke on Senior NightWith Michael Jordan back in town to announce a partnership between his Jordan Brand and the UNC football team, the greatest basketball player of all time told fans gathered at the Dean Dome that, “The ceiling is the roof,” for Tar Heel sports moving forward. Although the statement technically didn’t mean anything, everyone in the arena roared with approval. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC's Joel Berry Makes Plays Late in Win Over DukeJoel Berry turned in arguably the best regular season performance of his career, leading UNC with 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting in the 90-83 victory over Duke. It was his first 20-point game in seven weeks, dating back to the win over Florida State. “I just wanted to be more aggressive for my team,” Berry said after the victory. “I just tried to make shots.” (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: The BrotherhoodFour of the six living Tar Heels with retired jerseys were in the building. The fourth, Michael Jordan, sauntered out at halftime to a thunderous ovation, then went to sit in the stands behind the scorer’s table, just a few seats down from Antawn Jamison. At one point during the second half, Jamison was busily thanking the passer and Jordan was heckling official Les Jones. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Players Post-Duke InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 90-83 win over Duke on Senior Night. Here are their video interviews: Joel Berry, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Luke Maye
UNC's Berry Good Night Tops DukeThe only thing stranger than Grayson Allen's reaction to throwing an elbow was Michael Jordan's halftime speech to the crowd -- he helped the UNC football team announce its move to Jordan's apparel brand -- in which he punctuated his thoughts by saying "The ceiling is the roof!" for UNC football. Whatever that means, we do know that UNC basketball has an incredibly high ceiling. (Sports on Earth)
UNC-Duke Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Winning the league and winning it by two games is something we’ll always be proud of. I think it is the best league. Top to bottom. Now we’ve got to do in the postseason what we did last year. We showed everybody that we’re the best league last year with what we did in postseason, and I up until this point we’ve shown that we’re the champions." (GoHeels.com)
Video: Nate Britt, Kennedy Meeks Senior Night SpeechesNorth Carolina seniors Nate Britt and Kennedy Meeks spoke to the Smith Center crowd following the Tar Heels' 90-83 win over Duke on Senior Night in Chapel Hill.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 90-83 win over Duke on Senior Night in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
Video: Coach K Post-UNC Press ConferenceDuke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks with the media following the Blue Devils' 90-83 loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
Video: UNC Knocks Off Duke in Regular Season Finale - HighlightsNorth Carolina point guard Joel Berry scored a team-high 28 points and Isaiah Hicks added 21 as the Tar Heels toppled Duke, 90-83, on senior night in Chapel Hill on March 4, 2017.
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