The byproduct of a bad tournament draw, No. 11 Syracuse was overmatched against No. 6 North Carolina, the defending national champions, which needed two late-season losses to tumble into the six-seed by way of tiebreakers.
Each team has won once this season in the teams' two matchups.
Ja'Quan Newton, who beat North Carolina nine days ago in Chapel Hill with a 40-foot buzzer beater, scored 17 points for third-seeded Miami (22-9). North Carolina advances to face Miami in the ACC tournament quarterfinals. High ball screen after high ball screen was dead on arrival, as North Carolina knew better than to fear the roll man, allowing Pinson and Berry to press against Syracuse's backcourt well away from the hoop. "Everyone and their mama gonna be watching the game tomorrow".
"I always knew Duke and Carolina had a rivalry, " Johnson said.
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While Williams said he has attempted to recruit numerous prolific one-and-done players that end up signing with Duke, he also acknowledged he wouldn't choose to rely so heavily on the one-and-done model that Duke and Kentucky have had so much success with.
"We click at the right time". Izundu (five points) wasn't a factor on Thursday. "We just couldn't get any penetration against them". Allen has hit 79 threes, as has Trent Jr, though Trent Jr.is shooting a superior percentage on 79 of 184 on the season.
"Coach said yesterday in practice we're such an unselfish team he doesn't really have to worry about us moving the ball", Pinson said. We're still learning, one thing at a time. "You see tonight, I think it was multiple times, guys had shots and they were looking for their teammates". "It's a flawless time for us to continue to come together and play at our best".
North Carolina: The Tar Heels lost to Miami on a 40-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer in Chapel Hill on February 27.
Duke was able to get to this game after dispatching a exhausted Notre Dameteam, 88-70. Duke is also 7-1 ATS in their last eight versus the ACC and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 neutral-site games.
The three of those came in the most unexpected of ways.
"I like it, it's just a different feel" he said.
"They overplay. They jump passes", Battle said.
"It makes me contemplative of the kind of mark and legacy that he left, and for Woody Durham, you've got to be really proud, of what he did for UNC and what he did for broadcasting", said Jones. Pinson stepped up, as did Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson.
But Tar Heels' Roy Williams, one of the most experienced coaches in the country, subbed out all five of his starters. North Carolina was the three-seed, but fell to sixth-seeded Clemson in that same round. And it has a little more importance on Friday.