Storify: Carolina 74, Duke 668 miles. 8 days. 8 points. 8 straight. The Smith Center was electric for the victory over Duke, 74-66. Wake Forest heads to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Saturday at Noon. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Fans Rush Court After Win vs. DukeFrom the end of the game to fans rushing the court to one final 'Jump Around,' the Dean Smith Center was a special place to be after UNC beat Duke Thursday night.
Leslie McDonald lights up the Smith Center during UNC-Duke gameLeslie McDonald had one more chance to make it count, to make his last time on his home hardwood against his archrival mean something. He’d been in a slump, but on Thursday night, he shook whatever demon was on his back in recent games. Fourteen seconds into UNC’s 74-66 win against Duke, McDonald received the ball behind the arc. He didn’t hesitate. He pulled the trigger. (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: Write It Down"What are you writing?" the lady in front of me asked. We were sitting in the Smith Center around 8:30, and I had a (very nerdy) black pocket notebook that I carry with me everywhere at games. I write down big plays. I write down turning points. I write down the things I want to remember because things tend to happen on nights like this that you do not want to forget. (GoHeels.com)
Duke lost 'it' and a big game at UNCThere are lots of reasons why Duke blew an 11-point lead in the final 15 minutes. One reason was the zone Roy Williams threw at the Blue Devils down the stretch, which contributed to Duke going more than nine minutes without a field goal while missing 13 straight shots. Another reason was Marcus Paige, who took eight shots in the second half, made five and finished with 13 points in the final 19 minutes. (CBS Sports)
Students storm Franklin Street after UNC men's basketball beats DukeSenior Caitlin Mason went from storming the basketball court to storming Franklin Street Thursday. Mason was one of about 10,000 people who stormed Franklin Street after the men’s basketball team won against Duke in the Smith Center. “It was exhilarating,” Mason said. (Daily Tar Heel)
Leslie McDonald's MomentThis is what it’s supposed to be like, Leslie McDonald must have thought as thousands of UNC students rushed toward him on the Smith Center court. The Tar Heels had just knocked off No. 5 Duke, 74-66, and they wouldn’t have been able to do it without McDonald. The fifth-year senior scored 21 points and played the best game of his career in the biggest rivalry in college basketball. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC-Duke Post-Game Player InterviewsNorth Carolina players J.P. Tokoto, James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige talk about the Tar Heels' big home win over Duke.
UNC's 1-3-1 Defense Sparks ComebackRoy Williams has the reputation for being set in his ways. That’s not a valid critique against arch rival Duke, though. On Thursday, the 11th-year UNC head coach adjusted his defensive script with a 1-3-1 zone that fueled his team’s 74-66 comeback victory. Not only did the 1-3-1 close Duke’s penetration lanes, but the two defenders set up on the wings took away certain looks from long range. (Inside Carolina)
Final Thoughts: North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 66Leslie McDonald scored 21 points to lead all scorers and he did it while shooting 9-for-12 from the floor. The guard led UNC to a 74-66 win on Thursday against rival Duke to give the Tar Heels their eighth-straight win. Staff writer Mark Thompson compiled a few final thoughts on the win for UNC. (Greensboro News & Record)
Top stats to know: UNC 74, Duke 66North Carolina outscored Duke 18-6 over the final 4 minutes, 55 seconds. The Tar Heels made their final 10 free throw attempts (after making only 10 of their first 21) and had no turnovers over the last eight minutes (after committing 13 in the first 32 minutes). In contrast, Duke missed five of its last seven shots, including all four 3-pointers it tried. (ESPN.com)
Video: Marcus Paige's Second Half Points vs. DukeNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige scores all of his 13 points in the second half in the Tar Heels' huge 74-66 win against Duke in Chapel Hill.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 74 Duke 66UNC's defense won this game. While Roy Williams' North Carolina teams have been known for a decade-plus as great on offense, the calling card for this version of the Tar Heels might be the defense. UNC held the #1 team in KenPom's ratings to 66 points, 42% shooting from the floor and 22% shooting from three. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC-Duke Post-Game NotesThe Tar Heels are now 133-104 against Duke, including 61-34 in Chapel Hill, 16-13 in the Smith Center and 10-12 under head coach Roy Williams. Carolina is the first team to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll since the AP began releasing a pre-season poll in 1961-62. The Tar Heels have beaten pre-season #1 Kentucky, #2 Michigan State, #3 Louisville and #4 Duke. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Duke Post-Game QuotesRoy Williams opening statement: "Well, we certainly played a lot better in the second half, I think. For a few minutes there both teams were fighting so hard it wasn't very pretty. It's really two teams that fought awfully hard and understand where they stand in this rivalry. It's a great, great rivalry and it's fun to be involved in it. Loved our guys' composure down the stretch." (GoHeels.com)
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