The Tar Heels improved to 4-1 and the host Pioneers fell to 4-1.
The last game of the regular season provided a glaring reminder of how much has gone wrong for the Blue Devil frontcourt and how little time there is to fix it.
Sound familiar? It should.
Joel Berry led the way by scoring 28 points while Isaiah Hicks was the difference-maker the Tar Heels lacked in Durham as coach Roy Williams' team forced Duke into faltering down the stretch this time on the way to a victory that finished the regular season schedule in style. The Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4) have already sewn up the No. 1 seed but desperately want to regain their offensive rhythm after No. 23 Virginia held them to 43 points - their fewest since 1979 - in a 10-point loss Monday night.
As was the case when Wake Forest star John Collins took Duke's guards into the paint February 18, the Blue Devils' curious strategy allowed an opponent's guards and big men to exploit mismatches.
"You saw a game where a lot of guys played well". "Sometimes it's not nuclear science here".
Before the game started, UNC fans were full of excitement.
Penn State overcame a four-goal first-half deficit with seven goals in the third quarter.
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"It's good to get the win, good to be out here, it's good to just be on top of Duke", he said.
Instead, Louisville could potentially meet North Carolina, the regular-season ACC champion, in the tournament semifinals.
There is always an electric atmosphere in the Dean Smith Center when the Duke Blue Devils come to Chapel Hill. This one turned on Allen missing a pair of free throws that would have made it a two-point game with two minutes to go, Berry hitting a pull-up jumper in Allen's face before the misses and banging one off the glass immediately after. But Cooper was just getting started with this shot, finishing the game with six three-pointers -four in the first half alone. The Blue Devils made 28 of 35 free throws. Vandy committed turnovers on one-fifth of its possessions in the first meeting in Gainesville but still won.
It nearly didn't matter if that team showed up Saturday-"I would hope we're at our best, then-in a week and a half", Krzyzewski said the day before the game-because that team has shown up intermittently only to vanish again.
While he missed his first six 3-point attempts against Duke on Saturday, he nailed his seventh for the 24th and final lead change of the game with 5:56 left.
Justin Jackson is putting together a fantastic season for the Tar Heels.
Kaylan Pugh scored 20 points and No. 10 seed Georgia Tech defeated No. 15 seed Boston College 71-67 in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels will open play in the ACC Tournament in Thursday's quarterfinals.