Virginia is tournament's top seed for first time since 1981. Blue Devils, Tar Heels get seeds 3 and 4 for the 15-team field.
Blue Devils hang tough with unbeaten Irish for one half, but Notre Dame pulls away to claim league crown in its first season as an ACC member
North Carolina beat Duke last month at the Smith Center by using its size advantage to win the rebounding battle and by limiting the best 3-point shooting team in the ACC to 23 percent from behind the arc. Neither of those things happened in the rematch at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night, which is how a Tar Heel team that shot 60 percent from the field lost 93-81.
JABARI PARKER SCORES CAREER-HIGH 30 AS BLUE DEVILS STOP UNC
Freshman Jabari Parker had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 14 North Carolina 93-81 Saturday night.
Rodney Hood added 24 points to help the Blue Devils (24-7, 13-5) end the Tar Heels’ 12-game winning streak and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Duke never trailed, shot 51 percent — 57 percent in the second half — and dominated the ACC’s best team on the glass, outrebounding North Carolina 34-20.
Marcus Paige — who led UNC’s second-half comeback two weeks ago — finished this one with 24 points, while Brice Johnson had 15 and James Michael McAdoo added 13 for the Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5).
They shot nearly 60 percent but couldn’t overcome their disadvantage on the glass and are locked into the No. 4 seed in the league tournament.
Leslie McDonald added 12 points for North Carolina, which was denied its fourth win over a top-five team, but briefly made things tense in the final minutes when Paige converted a four-point play to make it 81-73 with 2:50 left.
But the Tar Heels’ point guard missed 3s on the next two possessions — with Parker blocking the second of those with 2½ minutes left.
Quinn Cook hit two free throws, Amile Jefferson added another and Parker hit two foul shots with 2:03 left to push the lead to 86-73 and effectively end it.
Blue Devils advance to ACC Women's Basketball Tournament championship game against No. 1-seed, No-2 ranked Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (ESPN).
NO. 13 UNC WIN IN ACC QUARTERFINALS OVER NO. 8 MARYLAND SETS UP 3RD SHOWDOWN WITH NO. 10 DUKE
Diamond DeShields scored 22 points while fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 17 to help No. 13 North Carolina beat No. 8 Maryland 73-70 in Friday's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Xylina McDaniel added 10 points for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (24-8), who led all but 5 seconds but still had to fight to put away the Big Ten-bound Terrapins in what turned out to be their final ACC game.
Three-time ACC player of the year Alyssa Thomas scored 24 points and set the career scoring record for third-seeded Maryland (24-6), who erased nearly all of a nine-point deficit in the final 5½ minutes.
But Thomas couldn't quite lead the Terps all the way back, committing a turnover while going for the go-ahead shot in the final minute then missing a 3-pointer for the tie with about 10 seconds left.
UNC advanced to Saturday's semifinals to play No. 10 Duke Saturday, March 8 (7:30 p.m., ESPNU).
This could be it for Jabari Parker at Duke. His final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium could come Saturday night when No. 4 Duke hosts rival North Carolina — if the freshman phenom jumps to the NBA after the season, as most outsiders always assumed he would do. In an interview with The Associated Press, Parker insists he still hasn’t made up his mind.
Duke didn’t take time to review film from Wednesday night’s disheartening loss at Wake Forest. That’s part of the moving-on process, sophomore forward and team captain Rodney Hood said Friday on the eve of the Blue Devils' home meeting withrival UNC (9 p.m., ESPN).
Senior guard Tricia Liston, the nation’s No. 1 3-point shooter at 50 percent, is No. 10 Duke’s lone player on the Wooden Award ballot, which was released Thursday. She also joined Williams on the all-ACC team that was compiled earlier this week.
Jeff Faris, a former Duke safety who has been a graduate assistant for the last two seasons, is Duke’s new wide receivers coach, Cutcliffe said Thursday.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski supervised Blue Devil practice as usual Thursday even though he was examined at Duke University Hospital less than 24 hours earlier after suffering bouts of dizziness.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski experienced dizziness during a timeout early in the second half of Wednesday night’s game at Wake Forest and did not conduct a his usual post-game press conference.
DUKE WATCHES LEAD EVAPORATE DOWN STRETCH IN 10-POINT LOSS
Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night.
Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 straight points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 points to help Wake Forest claim its first win over Duke since 2009 and its biggest win since an upset of No. 2 Miami last February.
Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represent the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston. They were joined by North Carolina guard Diamond DeShields, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling, Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby, Georgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall, Florida State’s Natasha Howard and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
The Blue Devils haven’t played since beating last-place Virginia Tech 66-48 on Feb. 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They return to action at Wake Forest Wednesday, March 5 (7 p.m., ESPN2).