Duke defeated North Carolina in the 2017 ACC Basketball Tournament from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, March 10.
The Blue Devils won 93-83 despite trailing for much of the game.
Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 24 points, while Luke Kennard added 20. Grayson Allen finished with 18 points.
Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks each finished with 19 points to lead UNC.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels split during the regular season. North Carolina won the ACC title with a 26-6 mark overall and 14-4 league record.
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Here we go again. The greatest rivalry in college basketball will get a third act in 2017 when Duke and North Carolina meet in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
This has all the makings of an epic contest with epic interest.
“We’re accustomed, they’re accustomed to playing in buildings that have a lot of energy, for or against them,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke’s win over Louisville. “And that’s why the kids go to those schools, to be in those moments…those moments don’t happen all the time and our programs have created a lot of them.”
The two teams, as they often do, split during the regular season — an 86-78 Duke win at Cameron Indoor and a 90-83 home win by Carolina to close the regular season.
North Carolina opened the ACC Tournament strong on Thursday with a 78-53 win over Miami. The Tar Heels rank No. 3 in overall efficiency, per KenPom.com, and rank No. 4 on offense. They’re the best offensive rebounding team in the country.
Duke lost three of its last four games during the regular season but has gutted out two wins in the ACC Tournament so far — 79-72 over a tough Clemson team and 81-77 against Louisville, which it had lost to during the regular season.
Duke also boasts a strong offense, ranking 10th in efficiency, with balance all around. The Blue Devils can shoot and don’t turn the ball over.