Brice Johnson's big night not enough in 74-73 loss to DukeThe ball belonged in his hands. You’d think it had to. For the entirety of Wednesday’s first half and the opening minutes of the second, Brice Johnson turned the North Carolina-Duke game into his own exhibition. A double-double in the first half? He accomplished it effortlessly. Seemingly unstoppable? He appeared so. But as the clock wound down, the magic wore off. (Daily Tar Heel)
Offensive Breakdown Costs UNCRoy Williams has remained steadfast in his belief that his team should attack if there’s more than seven seconds on the clock. The reason is to prevent the defense from getting set, as well as limiting substitutions. Despite that strategy, Joel Berry ended up dribbling toward the UNC bench, down 74-73, with 14 seconds to play instead of toward the basket. (Inside Carolina)
Dominant for 27 minutes, UNC's Brice Johnson goes quiet late in loss to DukeWhen North Carolina's Brice Johnson slipped past Brandon Ingram for a layup with 12:55 remaining, the unforgettable appeared possible. Johnson already had 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who were ahead by six points. Driven by a historic individual performance, UNC would claim a much-needed win against its rival. (Fayetteville Observer)
Duke's Rivers-like robbery leaves Tar Heels empty-handed and exposedThis was an Austin Rivers-level robbery. Duke showed enough courtesy to leave North Carolina with three unused timeouts at its disposal, one noteworthy regret to take forward and countless questions to answer. Why didn't coach Roy Williams have the Tar Heels call a timeout on the final play of his team's 74-73 loss Wednesday night? (Fayetteville Observer)
Lucas: DefinitionIt is February 18 and we are at the crossroads of the 2015-16 season. It’s that simple. There will be plenty of talk in the coming days about all the things Carolina is not. The Tar Heels had a 68-60 lead at home against Duke and couldn’t hold it. They had Brice Johnson with 29 points and 19 rebounds but got him just two shots in the final 17 minutes of the game, and no shots in the final 4:45. (GoHeels.com)
Dream gig: Alums in Steep Canyon Rangers perform at UNC-Duke gameGraham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers has played at sold-out arenas, played with Steve Martin, even won a Grammy. But there were more than the usual butterflies Wednesday night when Sharp, a Greensboro native, and the Steep Canyon Rangers played the national anthem before the tipoff of the North Carolina-Duke basketball game. (Greensboro News & Record)
Duke 74, UNC 73: Offensive FailureOn a night UNC got everything it needed from Brice Johnson, the perimeter players disappeared again and the loss was costly. This game, like the overtime loss in Durham last season, is full of shoulda, coulda, woulda for the Tar Heels. Johnson said this one would hurt for a long time. Games your team should have won but didn't are like that. (Tar Heel Blog)
Carolina-Duke Postgame NotesCarolina was 1 for 13 from three-point range, a percentage of .077 which is the third-lowest in school history and the lowest since shooting .071 vs. Duke on March 9, 2013. Brice Johnson led both teams with 29 points and 19 rebounds. Those are his second-most points and rebounds in his career (39 points and 23 rebounds at Florida State on 1/4/16). (GoHeels.com)
Recap: Duke 74, UNC 73For much of the game UNC looked like the better team but never could quite open the lead up enough. Duke hung around and in the end stole a win in Chapel Hill for a fourth straight win in the series 74-73. Brice Johnson finished with 29 points and 19 rebounds but just one basket over the final eleven minutes. Justin Jackson was UNC's only other player in double figures with 13. (Tar Heel Blog)
Roy Williams Post-Duke QuotesRoy Williams: "Heck of a basketball game if you're a Duke fan, but I don't fit in that category. It hurts right now - extremely. We were empty our last three or four possessions. Everybody that wants to say Joel got fouled on that last shot, that's just sour grapes. You've got to make plays instead of trying to get the official to give you something." (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels Fall to Duke 74-73 - HighlightsDespite a big game from Brice Johnson, the Tar Heels fell to Duke 74-73 in Chapel Hill on February 17, 2016.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceRoy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 74-73 loss to Duke in Chapel Hill on February 17, 2016.
Video: Brice Johnson Goes For 29 & 19 vs. DukeBrice Johnson had a stellar game against the Blue Devils, scoring 29 points (13/17 FG) and pulling down 19 rebounds (7 offensive) on February 17, 2016.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - DukeThat's going to be a very, very tough final four minutes from which to recover. There's no other way to describe it. It wasn't quite Austin Rivers, but it was close, and as this is being written, there are still Carolina fans sitting stunned in the Smith Center. You'd have to think that will go on the list of Mike Krzyzewski's all-time most satisfying wins against Carolina. (GoHeels.com)
Thornton's block helps No. 20 Duke edge No. 5 UNC 74-73Grayson Allen scored 23 points and Derryck Thornton came up with the clinching block on the final play to help No. 20 Duke edge No. 5 North Carolina 74-73 on Wednesday night. Allen hit a pair of free throws with 1:09 left for the lead on a night when the Blue Devils trailed most of the way. Brice Johnson had 29 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating performance for the Tar Heels. (Associated Press)
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|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
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