Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points and 10 rebounds and No. 11 North Carolina opened the second half with a 24-7 run and beat Virginia 80-74.
Unlike other top teams around the country, Blue Devils have the talent on the bench to keep fresh players on the court.
Tricia Liston scored 24 points and No. 7 Duke held on to beat No. 14 N.C. State 83-70 on Thursday night.
No. 7-ranked Duke (23-3, 10-2 ACC) will conclude a three-game homestand against its third straight top-14 ranked opponent Thurday (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) as the Blue Devils host 14th-ranked N.C. State (22-4, 9-3) in an ACC women’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The No. 5 Blue Devils edged Maryland 69-67 at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Saturday and dominated Georgia Tech 68-51 in Atlanta on Tuesday night. Next up are the biggest challenges. Because of the postponement of last week’s North Carolina game due to a winter storm, Duke has a rescheduled game at UNC tonight (9:10 p.m., ESPN/WRAL) and a rematch with No. 1 Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN).
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was “very disappointed” that UNC’s game against Duke last Wednesday was postponed. But after the Tar Heels picked up two more big wins over the past week, his team should be even more prepared when the storied rivalry resumes tonight at the Smith Center (9:10 p.m., ESPN/WRAL).
Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points, and Maryland defeated Wake Forest 71-60 Tuesday night to extend the Demon Deacons' losing streak to six games.
Rod Hall led the way for the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and Damarcus Harrison had 14 to go along with McDaniels’ 12 points and six blocked shots in a 73-56 win over North Carolina State on Tuesday night.
GEORGIA TECH IS VANQUISHED AS DUKE LOOKS TOWARDS UNC, No. 1 SYRACUSE
The preliminaries are done and No. 5 Duke can focus squarely on the two mammoth games looming the rest of the week.
The Blue Devils were keenly focused on Georgia Tech Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion, unleashing a torrent of offense early and stingy defense all night in a 68-51 ACC win over the Yellow Jackets.
Having shot 58 percent in the first half to lead by as many as 19 before halftime, Duke (21-5, 10-3) rolled to an easy win over mediocre Georgia Tech (13-13, 4-9).
Now Duke is set for a trip to rival North Carolina on Thursday (9 p.m., WRAL) and a showdown with No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Earlier this week, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said playing UNC (riding a seven-game winning streak) and Syracuse (unbeaten) within three days of each other akin to a Final Four weekend.
The Tar Heels have won seven games in a row.
The Eagles have won 12 games in a row.
No. 7 Blue Devils lock down on No. 8 Maryland.
NCCU committed 33 turnovers against Savannah State.
North Carolina has played well enough to merit consideration again. Duke has climbed back to the top 5