UNC Basketball: Tar Heels can't get road win at Duke

The renewal of one of college basketball's fiercest rivalries lived up to its pedigree, with 17 lead changes, nine ties and neither team leading by more than eight points.

Very few tickets are available for the game, which tips off at 8 p.m. StubHub says the cheapest tickets are $750. Pinson had missed three straight games since rolling his right ankle against Virginia Tech on January 26, though he said he was pain-free and was eager to return after Sunday's win against Notre Dame in Greensboro. The Tar Heels lead 39-37 in the final minute of the first half. Out of the blue, Duke was suddenly controlling the game.

North Carolina drops to 21-5 with the loss and 9-3 in the ACC, putting them into a tie for first place with Florida State. This was a pretty good effort for the most part by Mr. Nail here. Duke (19-5, 7-4 ACC) earned an 86-78 victory over the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-5, 9-3 ACC).

For UNC, it was a struggle both on the perimeter and at the free throw line.

"That was the true turning point in the game", Pinson said. Duke versus North Carolina.

Coach K believes his freshman bigs, "they're coming on", and that's a factor in his team's ability to work the glass.

"We've had more interruptions than six teams", Krzyzewksi said.

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He did the same again six minutes before the break but Lopez let England off this time by sending his kick wide of the posts. Such an effective weapon for both teams in the past, it's a shame to see the maul fail so badly in this match.

Duke and Carolina have somehow managed to spilt the last 96 meetings between themselves with the exact same number of points being scored, so the chances of this being close was always good.

With 11:07 left, UNC went on an 8-0 run that was abruptly cut short by a Grayson Allen 3 pointer which was caught and shot faster than the speed of light.

There's still a month of games to play, but for the first time all season, Brooklyn seemed to come into view.

The Tar Heels pummel opponents on the glass; Kennedy Meeks and Tony Bradley power an offensive rebounding attack that grabs 42.8 percent of available boards, according to KenPom.com - No. 1 in the nation. If Duke can get hot from three early, it may open up the floor for screen and rolls between Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, and Harry Giles.

The Blue Devils have shown improvement in their ball movement on offense during their current winning streak.

The Tar Heels then have matchups against No. 12 Virginia and No. 4 Louisville, so beating the Wolfpack will be important with regard to the ACC title race. Duke is back in action Saturday afternoon against Clemson to wrap up a three-game homestand. If he can play big as he did against Notre Dame and stretch the floor out by knocking down some jumpers, he will be an unstoppable asset for the Blue Devils.


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