ACC roundup: North Carolina tops Duke in back-and-forth affair
Mar 05 2017 by Lorena Waters
The Duke-North Carolina rivalry played out in typical fashion on Senior Night from Chapel Hill. Which was fine. North Carolina remembers well enough for everyone else. Senior forward Isaiah Hicks added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels.
Duke still struggles defensively - particularly against drives off the bounce - so the opportunity is there for Carolina to get back to being the team they were last week.
The Tar Heels led from start to finish and beat the top-ranked team for the sixth straight season, a streak that began against Johns Hopkins in 2012. Berry scored 28 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field and went 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.
On the other hand, the Tar Heels look like they picked up where they left off past year as they made it to the National Championship Game.
Junior Lexie Brown shined in her first conference tournament game as a Blue Devil, scoring a team-high 22 points as Duke defeated the Orange by a score of 68-46. So of course, National Basketball Association great and former Tar Heel Michael Jordan was in attendance and boy, did he make a statement. While a loss wouldn't completely kill the Tar Heels chances to wrap up that one seed, they would probably have to run the table at the ACC Tournament to be sure of grabbing one of those four spots.
For a team that's battled - and continues to battle - a host of injury issues, that extra 24 hours without a game would seem important.
Here's how to watch Duke vs. UNC online. The Tar Heels' Joel Berry didn't miss any of his five three-point tries and piled up 28 propulsive points of his own.
"We lost early it wasn't fun", said Brown, who transferred to Duke previous year. Duke won the first meeting in Durham last month, and Carolina fans are eager for payback. He was limited in the win over Florida State, and will most likely be relatively limited against the Tar Heels as well as Duke tries to get healthy for the postseason.
Junior guard Grayson Allen hasn't been as effective since spraining his left ankle in Duke's 65-55 win at Virginia on February 15. Senior forward Isabella Slim scored nine points on 3-of-7 from the floor, the most she has scored since January 8. "We just all have to keep realizing we didn't win the national championship a year ago". Hopefully we can get him there.