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
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.
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.
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.
Herald-Sun beat reporters Harold Gutmann and Steve Wiseman provide insight on Duke and North Carolina men's basketball in the latest episode of Our Game.
Some quick thoughts from Roy Williams on the day after UNC-Duke was postponed for the first time
4-A BOYS: NO. 2 NORTHERN LOSES LATE LEAD IN 64-63 ELIMINATION LOSS TO NO. 7 APEX
Apex forward Majid Raji knocked down a short baseline jumper at the buzzer to bump Northern from the 4-A playoffs on Friday.
“I knew it was money,” Raji said.
The Cougars won 64-63.
Northern had the lead and possession with less than a minute left in the game.
There is no shot clock in high school basketball, so the Knights were positioned to milk the clock and wait for a foul from the Cougars.
But Northern’s players apparently heard no instructions from their bench to hold the ball. The Knights tried to make a play but missed a shot.
Apex rebounded and called time with 36.2 seconds left.
Raji scored to put the Cougars ahead.
Northern senior Ricky Council II snatched the lead for his team. His bucket put the Knights ahead 63-62.
Then Raji felled the Knights with that dagger.
The East Region’s top-seeded Chapel Hill girls remained undefeated with a 58-34 win over No. 9 Northern Guilford in the Sweet Sixteen of the state 3-A basketball playoffs Friday.
No. 5 West Brunswick ousts No. 13 Southern in state's Sweet Sixteen despite 34 points from Amari Hamilton.
No. 2 seed Northern High stars Ricky Council II and Kentrell Barkley don't sit at the same round table during the school day, but they're brothers-at-arms when it comes to the basketball court.
Three girls’ and three boys’ teams enter the Sweet 16 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association basketball tournament Friday, Feb. 28, including at least two distinct favorites in No. 2 4-A boys’ seed Northern and undefeated No. 1 3-A girls’ seed Chapel Hill.
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.
North Carolina held its first spring practice Wednesday, hoping to keep the momentum from last season’s 6-1 finish that including a Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati.
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.
UNC (22-8, 10-6) enters the ACC Tournament Thursday, March 6 with a No. 13 national ranking in the AP poll but only a No. 6 seed in the ACC and will face an incredibly difficult task if they hope to win their first ACC title since 2008.
Durham third baseman Cole Figueroa had a feeling the final out was going to come his way. That was just fine with him.
The International League playoffs are back at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After the Durham Bulls missed the postseason a year ago in what’s become a rare occurrence, the team won the International League South Division for the sixth time in the past seven seasons this summer.
By now, watching Charlie Montoyo pilot the Durham Bulls into the International League playoffs surprises no one. The Bulls, who face Indianapolis today (7:05 p.m.) at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in game one of a best-of-five league semifinal series, are in the postseason as the IL South Division champions for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
UNC, Duke take field hockey wins; UNC coach Levy to address Durham Sports Club
The Durham Bulls struggled at the plate in Monday night's loss to the Charlotte Knights.
That wasn't an issue in their regular-season home finale, as the Bulls pounded out nine extra-base hits in a 13-6 victory over the Knights on Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Continuing her busy summer, Duke sophomore Celine Boutier will compete in the Ricoh Women’s British Open beginning today at the St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland.
Chapel Hill’s Gina Kim rallied to make up a four-stroke deficit to overtake first-round leader Reona Hirai of Summerville, S.C., to win the 47th Twin States Junior Girls Golf Championship on Wednesday at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
NCCU football announces schedule change, moving game from Saturday Oct. 12 to Thursday Oct. 10 to accomodate national TV broadcast. Nov. 2 game will also be televised nationally.
Orange High School rising sophomore pitcher Bryse Wilson has been named to CBS Sports’ MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team.