Recap: UNC 76, Duke 72It was a movie we've seen before but with a different ending. UNC fends off a Duke rally for a 76-72 win and an ACC Regular Season title. The Tar Heels finished the game with 64 rebounds. That is the third most in UNC history for a game. The Tar Heels finish the regular season 25-6 overall and 14-4 with solo possession of the ACC Regular Season title. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Heels Down Duke 76-72, Clinch ACC Championship - HighlightsBrice Johnson led Carolina with 18 points and 21 rebounds as the Tar Heels clinch the regular season ACC title with a 76-72 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2016.
UNC wins ugly at Duke, secures first ACC regular season title since 2012No one on UNC's current roster has won a regular season championship or beaten Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. That all changed in the Tar Heels' impactful, 76-72 win against the Blue Devils on Saturday. Brice Johnson made a tremendous statement in his final regular season game, collecting 18 points and 21 rebounds for a league-leading 19 double-doubles. (CBS Sports)
No. 8 UNC claims ACC's top seed, beats No. 17 Duke 76-72Brice Johnson had 18 points and 21 rebounds, and No. 8 North Carolina held on to beat No. 17 Duke 76-72 on Saturday and lock up the top seed in the ACC Tournament. Kennedy Meeks added 12 points and 14 rebounds, Joel Berry II scored seven of his 12 in the final 5 minutes and Marcus Paige hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds. (Associated Press)
Video: Brice Johnson's Big Performance vs. DukeIn his final regular season game, Brice Johnson scored 18 points and pulled down 21 boards - including 12 offensive (??!!) - to help the Tar Heels secure the 2016 regular season ACC championship on March 5, 2016.
Video: Brice Johnson Oops the Alley from Pinson vs. DukeBrice Johnson rises above the zone and throws down the lob from Theo Pinson against Duke on March 5, 2016.
Box Score: North Carolina 76, Duke 72View the complete box score from North Carolina's ACC regular season championship clinching 76-72 win over Duke on Saturday in Durham. (View Box Score)
Mind-boggling stat shows why Duke-UNC is the best rivalry in sportsThere are plenty of great rivalries in the world of sports, but none of them are as consistently thrilling as Duke-North Carolina. When the Tar Heels and Blue Devils step on the same basketball court, you're almost guaranteed to be watching a classic game-of-the-year candidate. (FOX Sports)
UNC-Duke rematch about more than rivalry for PaigeIt is not just UNC-Duke. Saturday is Carolina's chance to redeem the program's most disappointing loss in years. For Marcus Paige, it is even more than that. More than redemption. More than a chance to repay for the Duke loss. It is, most of all, one last chance to prove his coach right. To make shots. To do fine. To be a great player. (ABC 11)
Mark Armstrong: UNC won't let Duke win againI think it's fair to say Duke stole one in Chapel Hill last time out. The Blue Devils earned every bit of that theft, but never should have had the opportunity. North Carolina knows they let one get away and with a regular season crown in the balance Saturday, I don't anticipate they'll let it happen again. (ABC 11)
North Carolina vs. Duke: The matchup by the numbersDuke and North Carolina renew the biggest rivalry in college basketball on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium....This time, conference tournament seeding will very much be on the line. North Carolina (24-6, 13-4 ACC) came into Saturday tied with Miami atop the ACC, with Duke (22-8. 11-6) a game behind Virginia and Louisville for the tournament's double-bye. (NCAA.com)
Preview & Prediction: #8 UNC at #17 DukeIt would not be surprising if Duke opened the game with a flurry. If that happens, UNC simply needs to stay composed and wait it out, knowing that it will not last the entire game. UNC has the depth and is better defensively so if UNC plays to its capabilities, the Tar Heels should walk away with a win. Prediction: UNC 87, Duke 79 (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC-Duke: The X-Factors?UNC X-Factor: Marcus Paige. If he has a big night distributing the ball and making shots the Heels will achieve the necessary balance that will give Duke fits. Duke X-Factor: Luke Kennard was big with 15 points in the first game, and coming off a scoreless performance he might have a hot hand. If he does, it will complement Allen and Ingram at a high level. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Krzyzewski, Smith, Valvano: Excerpts from upcoming book ‘The Legends Club’If NC State had won the national championship in 1983 before UNC won the title in 1982, there might have been some unhappy rumblings among the Carolina faithful. After all, the notion that Norm Sloan and Jim Valvano could win national titles while Dean Smith couldn’t might have been more than Tar Heel fans could bear. Fortunately, that issue didn’t exist. (Charlotte Observer)
ACC regular-season title one piece of unfinished business for UNC Paige, JohnsonTheir senior speeches varied in length and tone. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson reached the same conclusion Monday night. "All I have to say is we're not done - we're not done," Paige told the Smith Center crowd. "We've got something left to do." "I'm just ready to go into Cameron on Saturday and get this win," Johnson said. "I'm ready to get a championship." (Fayetteville Observer)
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|