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)
After overtime loss to Duke, UNC men's basketball looks to strike back at homeDuke’s coming to Chapel Hill as scheduled this year. And after the gut-wrenching 92-90 overtime loss that the No. 19 Tar Heels experienced in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 18, there’s no need to worry about motivation. “If we have a letdown this time, guys, we don’t have a friggin’ heart,” said Coach Roy Williams after his team’s 81-49 dismantling of Georgia Tech on Tuesday. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Steve Robinson, Jones Angell Preview DukeUNC assistant coach Steve Robinson and "Voice of the Tar Heels" Jones Angell break down the second Carolina-Duke matchup of the 2015 season.
Lucas: Ready To RunSome of Carolina’s best offensive moments in the past couple of games have happened when the Tar Heels don’t have the ball. That’s because—as has often been the case under Roy Williams—some of Carolina’s best offense comes in transition when the Tar Heels are able to create points off turnovers. In Atlanta on Tuesday, UNC blitzed Georgia Tech with 21 first-half points off turnovers. (GoHeels.com)
Know Your Opponent: DukeNorth Carolina leads the overall series against Duke, 133-106. Just as it did in the lead up to the first meeting with UNC, Duke has run the gamut of performances from the head-scratching to the sublime in the four games prior to Saturday's regular season finale. Duke took what felt like UNC's best shot in Cameron on Feb. 18, the second-best performance by a visitor against the Blue Devils all season. (GoHeels.com)
‘The right thing to do’A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the UNC basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill as a freshman in 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager. (UNC.edu)
Marcus Paige Ready for RematchDespite a lackluster individual performance in No. 19 North Carolina’s loss to No. 3 Duke 17 days ago, Marcus Paige is more concerned with a team victory in the rematch on Saturday than any level of personal redemption. Paige’s frustration following the most recent loss at Duke provided some insight into his mental approach to the team portion of the game. Rarely does he take a loss well. (Inside Carolina)
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