ALL DUKE, ALL NIGHT
What had been a fruitless Duke basketball season against North Carolina — 0-3 men and women combined — took a decidedly different turn Saturday night as first the Duke women beat UNC 66-61 in Greensboro and the men followed with a 93-81 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Freshman sensation Jabari Parker was a one-man wrecking crew for the Blue Devils, finishing what could be his last game on Duke’s storied home court with a brilliant 30-point, 11-rebound performance.
Duke clinched third place in the ACC regular-season standings with the win, while UNC finished fourth in a tiebreaker that went Duke’s way.
Meanwhile, Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Ka’lia Johnson hit the go-ahead free throws with 44.1 seconds left to help No. 10 Duke rally past No. 13 North Carolina 66-61 in Saturday’s semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The win was Duke’s first in three tries against the Tar Heel women this season and lifted them into tonight’s title game (7 p.m., ESPN) against No. 2 Notre Dame, the ACC regular-season champion.
Duke finished second to Notre Dame in the regular season and was swept handily in two meetings with the Irish.
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