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UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 9:14 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

DURHAM, N.C. - There was no miraculous comeback this time, no heroic shot from freshman Austin Rivers. 

Just revenge. 

Talent won out -- and that meant that North Carolina did what it was chosen to do, win the ACC regular-season title and also lay claim to a No. 1 overall seed with a fairly resounding victory at Cameron over rival Duke. 

The Blue Devils made it interesting in the second half, but only because the margin had grown to 26 points at one point. 

Duke had a chance to cut it to single-digits with less than five minutes left, but Rivers missed the front end of a one-and-one -- and the Tar Heels were truly never threatened. 

For the first 20 minutes, it was complete dominance in just about every aspect of the game. 

But this time was there no meltdown. 

North Carolina finishes the regular-season 27-4 and 14-2 in league play. Not what we all expected from the preseason number one team in the land, but the win at Cameron showed that this team is still a legit national title contender. 

In case anyone forgot about these guys from Chapel Hill, they may just be Kentucky's biggest roadblock to cutting down the nets in New Orleans. 

It's pick your poison now with the Tar Heels on the offensive end without Dexter Strickland. All five starters finished in double-figures and Roy Williams' team put up 88 points. 


And the Tar Heels, despite a few bumps in the road, still achieved their first goal -- to win the ACC. 
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:45 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

As a Duke fan let me first say congrats to UNC for totally dominating this game....Duke tried to make it interesting but UNC wasnt having any of it....too bad Duke couldnt nail down those shots in the first half....anyway....I have thought all along UNC was the best team in the country....I still believe it...they HUNG WITH KENTUCKY on UKs home court and lost by 1....UNC is better now that they were then...UNC and Syracuse in the finals....I think Duke has a good team and if hitting their shots can beat anyone....I hope this game didnt scare off some of those recruits in attendance.....good luck UNC in the ACC tourney....OH and I think Kendal Marshall is the best pure PG in the country....I love watching him play....I think Duke is an Elite 8 team....and yes I think they have over-achieved. In all honesty individually they arent very good but as a team they are solid...Coach K has them playing to their strengths and I think the job he has done with this team is his best coaching job to date



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:10 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

one thing is for certain and that is duke cannot stop the unc offense  ...throw in +17 rebounds ...carolina has appeared to me to have pretty good control of both matchups this year minus the mental disaster at the end of the first game ...unc is primed to take down the acc tournament on the way to a #1 seed and a final four run ...carolina deserves to be ranked ahead of michigan st. ...also i cant be certain but i think carolina will have to settle for a chance at either florida st. OR duke without the possibility of facing both ...tough call for a heels fan



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:05 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

I love the "they can't hang with Kentucky or Syracuse" comments when Kentucky survived at home earlier this season when the 2 played and Syracuse continues to just win close games at home.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:03 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

FantasyGuru, you obviously know nothing about the ACC. The ACC recognizes its tournament champion, not the regular season champion, as the ONLY conference champion. This goes for every sport, not just men's basketball. So, theoretically, Boston College is still just as much in the running for the ACC titleas UNC is.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:51 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

dude that may be the dumbest comment I've ever heard. ACC tourney is bullshit and there are alot of conferences that want to do away with the conference tourney. ACC reg. season champs says it all. It's the complete body of work all year which means way more then winning a conference tourney. unc are the ACC  champs number 29 for the HEELS! Stick to hockey the sport that nobody cares about.




Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:49 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

Don't worry, Dookies, the NCAA Selection Committee will still make some twisted, tortured, incomprehensible, and laughable-on-its-face argument for making Dook a #1 seed that The Dook Network's ESPN's analysts will pretend is perfectly sane and reasonable.  It's just what happens in March.

Then, when Dook loses to a much lower seeded team, Coach K will use the press conference to talk about how his #1 seeded team actually OVERACHIEVED while losing to the 8 seed, like he had grabbed 8 random guys out of the Chem Lab at Dook instead of having a roster chock full of McDonald's All-Americans.  It's just what happens in March.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:39 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

And the Tar Heels, despite a few bumps in the road, still achieved their first goal -- to win the ACC. 
No, they didn't. They are three wins away from that goal. All they did was earn the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament and the easiest path to winning the ACC. There is no regular season title in the ACC.



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:39 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

How can you say UNC can't hang with Kentucky when they already have.  Defeated by only one point seems like they hung right with them...



Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:29 pm
 

UNC avoids collapse, enacts revenge on Duke

Great game, and really not much different than their first meeting, except for the "assisted" comeback by Duke in the second half at Chapel Hill. No such help this time, even though Karl Hess, INEXPLICABLY, was assigned to this game. Thankfully, Roger Ayers was there to neutralize him and ensure that the kids determined the outcome, not the officials. I doubt it's over between these two; they could easily meet again in their conference championship. Should be a good game. I don't think either one of them can hang with Kentucky or Syracuse. March Madness is gonna be fun to watch.


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