There will be key people on both sides who will play on the one of the biggest stages in college athletics for the first time when Duke travels to the Smith Center Wednesday (9 p.m., WRAL/ESPN).
As big as the game at Syracuse was, with its NCAA on-campus record crowd of 35,446, Duke’s two leading scorers face the ultimate Duke experience with the No. 8 Blue Devils play North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill Wednesday (9 p.m., ESPN/WRAL).
No opponent had scored more against No. 3 Duke this women’s basketball season. No single opposing player had reached 30 points against the Blue Devils in a little more than four years.
When No. 8 Duke faces North Carolina at the Smith Center on Wednesday (9 p.m., WRAL/ESPN), the five most accurate 3-point shooters will all be playing for the Blue Devils.
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Heading into a rivalry showdown with North Carolina on Wednesday (9 p.m., ESPN/WRAL), the No. 8 Blue Devils have started four different players at their two guard positions. Andre Dawkins, Rasheed Sulaimon, Quinn Cook and Matt Jones have all drawn starting assignments this year.
Stability at the top, lots of movement throughout the rest of the ballot
No. 17 UNC PULLS AWAY TO SHOCK No. 3 DUKE IN WOMEN"S SHOWDOWN
Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and No. 17 North Carolina upset No. 3. Duke 89-78 on Monday night.
DeShields hit 12 of 20 shots while becoming the first player to score 30 against Duke since 2009.
Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points — including three three-point plays in the final 8 minutes — for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Xylina McDaniel finished with 17 points for North Carolina, which never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers, built three separate double-figure leads in the second half and finally made the third one stand.
The Tar Heels snapped a three-game overall losing streak, a seven-game slide against their fiercest rivals and claimed their first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008.
Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting and Tricia Liston added 20 for Duke (22-3, 9-2).
Tar Heels women's team has lost three straight as it looks for its first win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008
COACH K, DUKE WOWED BY JABARI PARKER'S 29-POINT, 16-REBOUND SHOW
Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, and No. 11 Duke coasted to an 89-68 win over Boston College on Saturday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Parker extended his Duke freshman record to 14 games with 20 points or more.
Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (6-17, 2-8) with 25 points and Ryan Anderson had 12. The Eagles have dropped 10 of 12, with their only conference wins coming against last-place Virginia Tech.
The Blue Devils put it away with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, improving to 18-2 against unranked teams this season.
Following a solid first half, Parker scored 12 of Duke's initial 17 points after halftime as the Blue Devils opened a 56-44 lead on his three-point play with just under 14 minutes to go.
He had a baseline jam on the first possession and followed that with a three-point play when he was fouled on a fast-break layup, pushing Duke's lead to 44-35. He added a fast-break dunk, two free throws and another three-point play.
Following Anderson's free throw that cut it to 44-38, Sulaimon nailed a 3 from the right wing, giving the Blue Devils their first double-digit lead.
Defending NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked Duke began its men’s lacrosse season with a decisive 16-10 victory over Jacksonville at Koskinen Stadium Saturday.
Many times, it’s the games between the big games that keep good teams from having great seasons. No. 11 Duke faced that scenario this week with games against a pair of lower-division ACC teams sandwiched in between showdowns at Syracuse and North Carolina.
With seven consecutive trips to men’s college lacrosse’s version of the final four and a second NCAA championship having been claimed last May, Duke and championships are synonymous around the sport.
The only place they are not is at Duke itself.
PETERS, LISTON LEAD THE WAY AS BLUE DEVILS REBOUND FROM IRISH ROUT
Haley Peters scored 17 points, Tricia Liston had 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 5 Duke bounced back from its first Atlantic Coast Conference defeat with its 18th straight win over Clemson, 78-51 on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) fell to new league rival Notre Dame 88-67 last Sunday and trailed Clemson (11-13, 3-7) late in the first half of this one. But Duke put together a 32-12 run starting in the final minute before halftime to take control.
It was Peters’ first double-figure showing in three games while Liston posted her third game this season with double figures in points and rebounds.
The Blue Devils held Clemson’s top scorer, Nikki Dixon, to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Dixon had been averaging better than 14 points a game this season.
Richa Jackson had 13 points and Ka’lia Johnson added 10 for Duke.
Duke needed a soft place to land after its disappointing loss to No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday and Clemson has generally been just that for the Blue Devils, all but one of whose 18 straight series wins have come by 14 points or more.
Scottie Montgomery, entering the second season of his second term on Duke’s coaching staff, will take over the play-calling duties for the Blue Devils next season.