Preview & Prediction: #19 UNC vs #4 DukeUNC pushing the pace clearly bothered the Blue Devils and Duke is still operating with limited depth. On the other hand, the Tar Heels have gotten healthier since February 18th with the return of Theo Pinson. In short, the Tar Heels need to do what they do best which is pound the ball inside, control the backboards and get into transition which leads to easy baskets. Prediction: UNC 82, Duke 78 (Tar Heel Blog)
Jerry Stackhouse launching AAU team in TorontoGiven that so many young Canadians are making an impact in the basketball world, it’s becoming harder and harder to go unnoticed. Well, now you can add Jerry Stackhouse to the list of those realizing that the Great White North is fast-becoming a basketball hotbed. The retired 18-year NBA veteran is reportedly set to establish a new AAU team in Toronto. (SportsNet.ca)
Duke's guards, UNC's bigs main event in Round 2All jokes aside, the Tar Heels have something nice waiting for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who this season led a men's college basketball team to a win for the 1,000th time. That hadn't been done before. “We're gonna give him a little presentation, something for winning 1,000,” UNC coach Roy Williams said Friday. “That's an unbelievable accomplishment.” (Durham Herald-Sun)
Isaiah Hicks battles ‘savior’ complex at UNCNorth Carolina has trouble with the savior complex. Highly touted recruits don’t pan out, at least not in their first year, and they’re written off. The expectations soar for five-star recruits with impressive high school résumés and highlight reels. Yet sometimes they soar a bit too high, setting the bar at such an extreme height, not allowing for growing pains and missteps. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press Conference QuotesDid you bring up the last game in Durham with team, and if so, what were the focal points? Roy Williams: “Yeah we brought it up. Because when we are looking at clips of Duke in our scouting report, what better information can you have than the clips of the last game. We do it in the scouting report like that, but it is not something we spend all the time on." (Inside Carolina)
Previewing DukeNo. 19 North Carolina will look to avenge its tough road loss to No. 3 Duke when the Blue Devils visit Chapel Hill for both teams' regular season finale on Saturday. Tip off is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Duke enters Saturday's contest with a 27-3 (14-3 ACC) record. The Blue Devils have gone 4-0 since these two teams last met in Durham. (Inside Carolina)
Winning the PaintLost in No. 19 North Carolina’s late game collapse in its first meeting with No. 3 Duke on Feb. 18 was a dominant offensive display in the paint. At Cameron Indoor Stadium 17 days ago, the Tar Heels scored 62 points in the paint, which remain the most by an ACC team in conference play over the past four seasons. Those 62 points are also the most Duke has allowed in that same four-year span. (Inside Carolina)
Theo Pinson eager to be back for Duke gameWhen Theo Pinson went down with a broken foot earlier in the season, his first thought revolved around scheduling. Specifically, if he could be back for the final North Carolina-Duke game of the season. “When I went down, I thought ‘I’m not going to be able to play in the first one, I’ve got to play in this one,’” Pinson said. “I’m from North Carolina, and this is a big-time game." (Greensboro News & Record)
Stakes Are High For Duke-Carolina, Round TwoNo. 19 North Carolina will remember well its 92-90 overtime loss at Cameron Indoor a few weeks ago. Up by double digits in the closing minutes of regulation, some sloppy mistakes in a rowdy environment cost the Tar Heels dearly. Saturday offers a chance at redemption. That chance at revenge certainly isn’t lost on UNC head coach Roy Williams. Roy’s all fired up. (Chapelboro.com)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs DukeAfter UNC's defense went on walkabout for several games, the numbers have continued to rebound. Playing Georgia Tech twice certainly helps but even then the Tar Heels held NC State, which is a solid offensive team, to an offensive rating below 100. Duke's 110.0 was the last time an opponent has been over 100 in offensive efficiency versus UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: UNC Players Pre-Duke InterviewsMarcus Paige, Jackson Simmons, J.P. Tokoto, Justin Jackson and Brice Johnson all think that Saturday night could be special for the Tar Heels as they square off against Duke in the Dean Smith Center at 9pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Video: Roy Williams Prepares Players For Life Post-BasketballFrom his days on the freshman team at UNC, to his long path back to Chapel Hill, Roy Williams has strived to live up to mentors such as the late Dean Smith. Despite ongoing success on the hardwood, Williams also has been successful preparing players for the obstacles that players face following their time on the court.
North Carolina Still Behind the Tar HeelsPPP's annual poll on the UNC/Duke basketball game finds the same thing it has all 8 years the poll has been conducted- residents of the state will be pulling for the Tar Heels on Saturday night. 41% of voters say they're pulling for UNC to only 27% who support Duke. Those numbers are exactly identical to what we found last year. This is a rare issue in North Carolina these days where we find Democrats and Republicans in agreement. (Public Policy Polling)
UNC to Honor Coach K's 1,000 WinsNorth Carolina will present Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque in honor of his 1,000 wins prior to Saturday’s rivalry matchup at the Smith Center, the school announced on Friday. “We’re going to give him a little presentation and something for winning 1,000 games,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters. “That’s an unbelievable accomplishment.” (Inside Carolina)
Favorite UNC-Duke MomentsTar Heel Depot and some of their friends from the greater UNC community thought it would be an interesting opportunity to share their favorite UNC-Duke memories before the big game on Saturday and what made them so special. Michael Hardison, Jones Angell, Brett Thompson, Adam Lucas, John Tobben, Sherrell McMillan, and Bryan Ives each contributed. (Tar Heel Depot)
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