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Mistakes doom Tar Heels in Cameron

It just wasn’t enough. A 12-game win streak, 18 second-half points from Marcus Paige, A season-high 59.4 field-goal percentage. None of that could overcome a poor defensive effort in front of a raucous crowd hungry to avenge No. 14 North Carolina’s eight-point defeat of No. 4 Duke 16 days earlier. This time, the Tar Heels couldn’t put together another rallying effort. (Daily Tar Heel)

Defense, rebounding cost UNC men against Duke

No. 14 UNC lost 93-81, its defense folding against the hot-shooting Blue Devils and wilting under the imposing presence of freshman Parker and his 30 points. “It’s frustrating, especially when you have the opportunity to do something a lot of people didn’t think you could do,” McAdoo said. “To not be able to do that because you kind of shot yourself in the foot is really frustrating.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Lucas: Beyond The Box Score

Marcus Paige is so team-oriented that it's not part of his nature (to be more offensively aggressive earlier in the game). Carolina will need it to be during the postseason, which begins in five days. And here's a guess: he'll figure it out, and he'll leave the proof on the stat sheet. It's just that some of his most memorable plays might come away from the box score. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Move on to Greensboro

UNC will be watching to see who wins between Wake Forest and Notre Dame in Wednesday night's ACC Tournament opening-round game, as the victor between the Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish will take on No. 5 seed Pittsburgh on Thursday. Carolina will play the winner of that game in Friday's second quarterfinal around 2:30 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Analysis: UNC, Duke battle it out in last regular season ACC game

Overall, North Carolina made it interesting in the end, forcing a few turnovers and threatening to draw within six points late in the game. But in the end, Duke executed better on offense. Neither team played significantly better defense. North Carolina just couldn’t stop Rodney Hood or Jabari Parker. The two combined for 54 of Duke’s 91 points. Grades: Duke A-, UNC B- (Greensboro News & Record)

Video: Marcus Paige Post-Duke Interview

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige talks with the media following the Tar Heels' loss to Duke in Durham on Saturday. View Video...

Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams talks with the media about the Tar Heels' 93-81 loss at Duke on Saturday. View Video...

Tar Heels' recipe for success not the same at Duke Saturday

UNC beat Duke last month at the Smith Center by using its size advantage to win the rebounding battle and throwing a mix of defenses that limited the best 3-point shooting team in the ACC to 23 percent from behind the arc. Neither of those things happened at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, which is how a Tar Heel team that shot 60 percent lost 93-81. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Recap & Analysis: Duke 93 UNC 81

The Tar Heels' biggest issue was that Duke drove the ball at will. While UNC did a solid job covering Duke on the perimeter holding the Blue Devils to 2-13 in the first half from three, there was no answer for Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker taking the ball to the basket. UNC's eight turnovers and the lack of defensive rebounding was a continual problem. (Tar Heel Blog)

Instant analysis on North Carolina-Duke

If it wasn't obvious that Jabari Parker, a projected NBA lottery pick, was playing his last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium before Saturday night's showdown against its arch rival, it certainly seemed that way in the game's final minutes. Parker piloted No. 4 Duke to a 93-81 victory and bounced back from a stunning midweek loss to ACC bottom-feeder Wake Forest. (USA Today)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Duke

The Blue Devils were clearly more prepared for Carolina's defensive mix in this meeting. As soon as the Tar Heels tried the 1-3-1 in the first half, Duke moved the ball around and converted with an easy basket. Carolina will hold the fourth seed in next weekend's ACC Tournament and will play Friday at 2 p.m. If the seeds hold, that game would be against Pitt, the fifth seed. (GoHeels.com)

3 decades later, everyone still wants to be ‘like Mike’

For many sneakerheads, Air Jordans are clearly the kicks of choice. Never mind the fact that most of these customers weren’t alive when Jordan laced up his signature shoes for the first time — 30 years ago, during his rookie Chicago Bulls season. And never mind that they weren’t even out of diapers when His Airness took his final NBA jump shot in 2003. It’s Air Jordans they want. (New York Post)

Parker leads No. 4 Duke past No. 14 UNC, 93-81

Freshman Jabari Parker had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 14 North Carolina 93-81 Saturday night. Marcus Paige -- who led UNC's second-half comeback two weeks ago -- finished this one with 24 points, while Brice Johnson had 15 and James Michael McAdoo added 13 for the Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5). (ESPN.com)

Box Score: Duke 93, North Carolina 81

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 93-81 loss to Duke in Durham on Saturday. (View Box Score)

Lucas: Matchups To Watch

Watching the two Hall of Famers go head-to-head at the Smith Center, with each calling timeouts and diagramming plays to counter moves made by the other, was a treat. Expect more of the same in Durham. It will be interesting to see how each coach has prepared differently leading up to the game, but it will be even more fascinating to see how they handle in-game adjustments. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Kansas State: 70
Tue, Nov 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Maryland
Tue, Dec 1, 9:35 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Davidson
Sun, Dec 6, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Texas
Sat, Dec 12, 5:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Wake Forest69
at Rutgers68
at Minnesota89
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(14) Syracuse0-06-0
(7) Duke0-06-1
(24) Louisville0-05-0
(9) North Carolina0-05-1
(10) Virginia0-05-1
(21) Miami0-05-1
Wake Forest0-05-2
Florida State0-04-1
Georgia Tech0-04-2
NC State0-04-2
Notre Dame0-04-2
Virginia Tech0-04-2
Boston College0-03-3

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