Four Factor Friday: Dissecting DukeDuke beat North Carolina 86-78. Carolina falls to 21-5 overall and 9-3 in ACC play. UNC has won only four times in its last 16 tries against Duke, and hasn’t won consecutive games against the Blue Devils since 2009. Let’s take a look at how the four factors decided this one. Duke drained 13 of 27 three-point shots en route to an effective field goal percentage of 64 percent. (The Secondary Break)
Chansky’s Notebook: A Strange GameCarolina misses 8 of its 18 free throws and it boils down to a 50-50 ball that Matt Jones takes away from Joel Berry with 26 seconds left in a one-score game. The Tar Heels play without Isaiah Hicks and lose the rebounding battle by one board. It’s three weeks until the rematch in Chapel Hill, but the guys in light blue might like to lace ‘em up again sooner than that. (Chapelboro.com)
Former NBA player Rick Fox big in eSports gaming worldRick Fox wants to build the next sports dynasty in the gaming world. Fox, a three-time NBA champion, has become one of the biggest former professional athletes to invest in the rapidly expanding eSports genre. Fox was member of the Los Angeles Lakers' dynasty in the early 2000s — and hopes he can build the next one with, yes, Super Evil Megacorp. (Lincoln Journal Star)
Duke turned up the heat in win over old foe North CarolinaIn a sizzling atmosphere that felt like March, Duke brought down its own house with a late surge that shocked North Carolina and might’ve changed the landscape of the entire ACC. Duke rode the emotion of the night and dragged Carolina down in the 243rd meeting between the league rivals, surviving a UNC run in the second half that staggered the Blue Devils and left them on the verge of collapse. (Greensboro News & Record)
Lucas: One GameIn the Roy Williams era, the Tar Heels are now 3-11 in the first meeting of the season against Duke, and have won just once in the last eight initial battles. But they are 8-5 in the return game, which this year will come on March 4. It’s a baffling stat. Same two teams. Usually just a matter of weeks separating the games. This one? It’s one game. The second one? It’s for a season. (GoHeels.com)
UNC's Defensive Struggles Continue Against DukeThere are multiple factors available for scrutiny when dissecting No. 8 UNC’s 86-78 loss at Duke on Thursday. The Tar Heels’ offense went dormant in the final minutes. They missed nearly half of their free throw attempts. With Isaiah Hicks sidelined with a strained hamstring, UNC was outrebounded and Kennedy Meeks was effectively removed from the game. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Post-Duke QuotesRoy Williams: "Well, they were very impressive the entire second half. They’re a tough matchup, they make seven out of 12 threes in the second half. We didn’t make the plays that we needed to in the last three or four minutes. You’ve got to give them credit. We took care of the basketball, we didn’t turn it over, but we still didn’t get the offense that we wanted." (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Players Post-Duke InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 86-78 loss to Duke in Durham on Thursday. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks, Theo Pinson
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 86-78 loss to Duke in Durham on Thursday night.
Video: North Carolina Falls at Duke, 86-78 - HighlightsJustin Jackson scored 21 points to lead the Tar Heels, but Duke hit 13 triples en route to an 86-78 victory in Durham on February 9, 2017.
Allen leads No. 18 Duke past No. 8 UNC, 86-78Grayson Allen scored 25 points and No. 18 Duke beat No. 8 North Carolina 86-78 on Thursday night. Luke Kennard added 20 points and freshman Jayson Tatum had all 19 of his in the second half to help the Blue Devils win their fourth straight. Justin Jackson scored 21 points and Joel Berry II finished with 15 for the Tar Heels, who were just 10 of 18 from the free throw line. (Associated Press)
Duke hits its stride, edges archrival No. 7 North CarolinaGrayson Allen did Grayson Allen things — and no, we don’t mean he tripped up a bunch of Tar Heels. Allen remained controversy-free and will find his name in the headlines for his actual play: He finished the night with 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including seven three-pointers, as Duke’s leading scorer despite finding himself on the bench in foul trouble for part of the game late. (USA Today)
Box Score: Duke 86, North Carolina 78View the complete box score from North Carolina's 86-78 loss to Duke on Thursday in Durham. (View Box Score)
Duke-Carolina gets bigger as it agesIn the long and ever-changing history of this, the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball, almost nothing stays the same. To those on the outside looking in, this appears to be just another chapter in a long-running series, a lineage of games across almost 100 years. The view from above seems to suggest a festering hatred among the teams, the coaches and the alumni. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Greensboro News & Record)
Isaiah Hicks Will Not Play Against DukeUNC senior forward Isaiah Hicks has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against Duke as he deals with a hamstring injury. The announcement was made about 90 minutes before tipoff. Hicks suffered the injury on Wednesday as he came down awkwardly on a dunk attempt in practice. Luke Maye and Tony Bradley Jr. are possible options to start in Hicks’ place. (Keeping It Heel)
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