Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

UNC Basketball: Joel Berry sets new program record with win over Duke

UNC Basketball: Joel Berry sets new program record with win over Duke

Analysis: It feels like just yesterday we had another installment in the Tobacco Road Rivalry. Fortunately for fans of things that are fun, the third 2018 installment of Duke vs.

At this time previous year, eight-loss Duke won the ACC tournament, and some made a case for the Blue Devils to leap to the top seed line.

North Carolina will play Duke at approximately 9:30 p.m Friday, March 9, in the ACC Tournament semifinals. In reality, it was six days ago.

"You know, past year we lost this game that's going to be played (Friday)", Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said, per ESPN. Virginia vs North Carolina tv channel schedule is on ESPN. "Everybody and their mama is going to be watching the game", Pinson said. When Pinson missed, Williams got so livid he bared his teeth, flapped his coat around, and began trying to tear it in two at the seams. Notre Dame suffered a seven-game losing streak in the middle of the season, won just eight regular season games in the ACC and lost to the likes of Ball State and in while at full strength.

Their offensive ability is well-known.

Allen finished with 16 points and Gary Trent Jr. scored 20. The Blue Devils are second in the nation in Ken Pomeroy's offensive efficiency rankings.

The second-seeded Blue Devils are allowing only 58.0 points over the last seven games since a switch to primarily zone defense. Compare that to North Carolina's 24 assists on its 28 made field goals and just 13 turnovers, and the difference in the two sides' ball movement proved to be the deciding factor in the game. "I hadn't even heard it, but I said let's redeem ourselves by how we played defense tonight".

Against Notre Dame in the quarters, it was another comprehensive effort from Duke.

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Duke has been red hot and is a potential No. 1 seed candidate in the upcoming NCAA tournament this month. North Carolina needs to keep up. Berry II leads UNC in scoring with 17.1 points per game while Pinson leads the Tar Heels in assists with 4.8 assists per game and Made leads North Carolina in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 17.1 points to go along with his team-leading 10.2 rebounds per game this season.

"Getting me the ball", the Tar Heels senior forward and resident comedian said.

UNC and Duke will square off for the third time this season after they split their previous two regular season meetings with each team winning at home. Maye's first shot of the game, at the 15:25 mark of the first half, was blocked by the eventual ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Isaiah Wilkins, and that seemed to set a tone for the day for Maye, who would finish with six points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field in 32 minutes.

With Pinson playing like this, it gives the Tar Heels three stars along with Joel Berry and Luke Maye.

While Williams said he has attempted to recruit numerous prolific one-and-done players that end up signing with Duke, he also acknowledged he wouldn't choose to rely so heavily on the one-and-done model that Duke and Kentucky have had so much success with. "We just both have a double-double".

"They probably could play a lot of ways, but I think this way fits this group of guys, and they have bought in and embraced it in a way that I'm thankful to have, and they've been a joy to coach".

Cameron Johnson, the Pittsburgh transfer, had just five points against Virginia the last time the two teams met.

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