As if it wasn’t bad enough suffering a stinging 15-14 loss, No. 4 UNC added insult to injury by slapping No. 6 Duke not once but twice with backhand swipes in a titanic ACC clash. The familiar rivals staged a back-and-forth dandy before the Tar Heels clinched their first victory over the Blue Devils at Fetzer Field since March 19, 2003, a day better remembered as the launch of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The then-No. 13 Tar Heels beat No. 8 Duke 14-9 that day.
Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn't going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four. The senior guard's vow lasted no more than 10 seconds once the final horn sounded following Michigan State's 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.
Get a new banner ready for the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters.
No. 4 Duke survived a rough shooting day to outlast Gonzaga 66-52 in the NCAA Tournament South Regional final Sunday at NRG Stadium.
The Blue Devils (33-4) claimed a spot in the Final Four, the 16th Final Four appearance in school history and the first for Duke since 2010. No one on Duke’s current roster had been to a Final Four or won an ACC championship, but sophomore guard Matt Jones and freshman Justise Winslow were instrumental in ending in that drought on Sunday.
No. 4 Duke picked the best time of the season to play its best defense. ... With that said, the Blue Devils face a stern test in that department as they strive to play in the Final Four for the first time since 2010. ... Duke’s game with Gonzaga pits the top two seeds in the NCAA Tournament South Regional against one another at NRG Stadium Sunday, March 30 (5:05 p.m., WRAL). ... The Zags (35-2) are ranked No. 7 in the country and seeded No. 2 in the regional. Duke (32-4) is ranked No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll and are the South’s top seed.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory over No. 4 seed Duke on Saturday.
Blue Devils hold Utes to 35 percent shooting, ride strong game from Winslow to win
Tiffany Mitchell's layup with five seconds left snapped a 65-all tie and lifted top-seeded South Carolina past No. 4 seed UNC 67-65 in Friday night's women's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 showdown at the Greensboro Coliseum ... DEVELOPING STORY ...
Spot in NCAA women's tournament's elite eight on the line when Duke plays Maryland today
North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige said the Tar Heels could be really good next season if they work on the little things.
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Duke hasn't lost often, but it has had its mettle tested by tough situations and has survived quite nicely
Before Dean Smith died February 7, he requested in his will that his trust distribute a $200 check on his behalf to each varsity letterman he had coached encouraging the players to have “a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.”
Hits and misses from the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles — UNC style