Duke rallies against Louisville, will face UNC in ACC semis
Mar 11 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The Tar Heels were lethally efficient in the first half, shooting 55.6 percent and averaging 1.32 points per possession to take a 49-42 lead into the break.
The resurgence of Grayson Allen - which included back-to-back 18 point outings against Louisville and North Carolina - is terrifying.
Saturday night the Blue Devils face Notre Dame, coached by former Krzyzewski assistant Mike Brey. But now you have Miami, Syracuse and Florida State, playing in North Carolina is a big home court advantage for the Carolina teams.
"I've just been focusing on the game", Hicks said. "If it's a 10-round fight, try to win six of them". The college basketball odds for the game have the Tar Heels favored by a couple of possessions to claim the win.
ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson had an very bad night, connecting on just 6-of-22 from the field and 3-of-11 from three-point range. Once I see the first one go in and I get another open one, just keep shooting, and that's the confidence that Coach has in me just to keep shooting. "If we do that, we've got a chance". "I hope we have some (Saturday night)".
Jack McClinton set Miami's record for most points in ACC game when he scored 35 in 2009 against North Carolina. The key to this game for the Blue Devils was their versatility offensively and defensively. If I don't shoot it, the guys are going to tell me I need to shoot it.Really, it's just coming in and trying to explode. I don't want to use any excuses.
Perhaps the primary missing staple was a tense finish after Duke outscored defending champion North Carolina by 15 points during a 10-minute span while Berry was on the bench with four fouls.
"They played yesterday and we didn't have to play until today, and I think that helped us", coach Roy Williams said. Jackson finished with 15 points. Like the regular season it came in a game against Duke. Duke quickly got the ball back in transition, and Allen found Harry Giles for an alley-oop to push the lead to 77-70. That combined with Tatum's 18 first-half points, kept the deficit manageable for the Blue Devils.
Isaiah Hicks had 19 points for the Tar Heels (27-6), who will meet either fourth-seeded Louisville or fifth-seeded Duke in Friday night's semifinals. "That really made the difference in our offense". Duke is still flawed and inconsistent, especially given that the freshman class beyond Tatum and Frank Jackson hasn't developed quite as expected, but the trio of Tatum, Kennard and Allen can be unstoppable, even when just two of them catch fire.
After the game, Jackson said Williams' message to his team was simple.
Notre Dame needed to hold on against a late push, but the sharpshooting team was not to be denied in the semifinals.
Brown scored 30 points in the first meeting and shot 17 for 24 from the floor against UNC this season. Duke F Amile Jefferson is the 11th player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab at least 900 rebounds.