Zion, Duke beat rival North Carolina to advance to ACC Final

North Carolina vs Duke ACC Tournament

North Carolina vs Duke ACC Tournament

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: North Carolina has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Duke has leaned on freshmen.

"I mean, it exceeded my expectations", Williamson said of getting his first full-game taste of the rivalry. Phil Cofer added 11 points with two rebounds and one assist for the Seminoles in that one as well.

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After driving to the basket against UNC freshman Nassir Little, Williamson's first attempt at the rim missed.

He came through in a huge moment Friday, prompting UNC coach Roy Williams to say Williamson "put on his Superman jersey again and was incredible". The Tar Heels slowed down Reddish in the opening 20 minutes after he lit them up for 17 first-half points in Chapel Hill last weekend.

A potential game-winner for Coby White, a pull-up jumper with just seconds left, rimmed out, and a putback attempt by Little didn't fall, handing UNC its first loss to Duke since March 3 of previous year.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski elected to go deep into his bench when the Blue Devils fell behind by double digits midway through the first half and the strategy worked.

Williamson connected on 13-of-19 shots for the game, including 2-of-3 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the foul line. UNC answered with a Maye putback followed by back-to-back slams by Little - one assisted by White, the other following up on a missed White layup - to tie the game at 52 and force a Duke timeout.

The Florida State Seminoles and the Duke Blue Devils will match up in college basketball action from the ACC Tournament on Saturday.

While this game was obviously different, none of this means the first two rounds of Duke-Carolina don't count.

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A building packed to the brim with two shades of blue all seemed to agree on one thing throughout the evening: In a game between two of the best teams in the entire country, there was no question who was the best player on the court.

But Carolina has felt a measure of disrespect, something that was surely compounded in the immediate aftermath of the game that would have settled any debate.

"You don't want to lose to a team three times in a row", Williamson said.

"I'd have bet $1,000 right there that shot was going in", he said, "but it didn't". We have never won a tournament championship but one time.

Virginia, meanwhile, is competing for a No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

The Tar Heels shot less than 40 percent for the game, and connected on just 4-of-27 shots from downtown for a meager 14.8 percent.

Both teams will advance to the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week.

So, yeah, it turns out the Blue Devils missed one of the most dominant college basketball players of the last decade.

But if this year's national championship comes down to the best two teams in the nation, we may for the first time get Duke-Carolina Part IV.

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