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Duke vs. UNC in ACC Semi Finals

March 11, 2017


The best rivalry in college basketball is going to add another chapter tonight as No.5 Duke takes on No.1 UNC in the ACC Semifinals. UNC beat Miami in one ACC tournament quarterfinal and Duke beat No.5 Louisville in the other quarterfinal. This set the stage for tonight’s semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. The teams split their two regular season matchups making tonight the tiebreaker. Duke won the first won 86-78 and they were led by Grayson Allen who was 7-12 from the 3-point range. UNC took the second game 90-83 behind Joel Berry who had 28 points. The Tar Heels are the defending ACC tournament champions. With a back-to-back ACC championship it will secure their No.1 seed heading into the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels have the ACC player of the year and first-team All-American Justin Jackson; he is averaging 18.1 points per game. They Blue Devils are playing in hopes of getting a No.2 seed leading into the big dance. They have leading vote getting first-team All-ACC and ACC leading scorer Luke Kennard, he is averaging 20.3 points per game. Both teams are evenly matched. In their last 98 meetings both teams have 49 wins, Duke scored 7,606 points, and UNC scored 7,605 points. Both Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Roy Williams of UNC are in the Hall of Fame. Lastly, both schools have won five national championships. A factor the Tar Heels have on their side is that this will be the Blue Devils third game in three days. Thankfully Coach K and company has a lot of depth in their bench this year compared to previous seasons. The Blue Devils have won six of the eight previous semifinal matchups the last in 2003. The last time UNC beat Duke in the semifinals was in 1972.



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