North Carolina vs Duke


With North Carolina powerhouses Duke and UNC preparing to face off tonight in the semifinals, the Atlantic Coast Conference has given fans a treat by releasing a 2-minute video clip of UNC and Duke players telling some truly bad jokes.

It was easier for Duke than it was for North Carolina, who went down 14-0 to start their quarterfinals game with Miami.

The best rivalry in the sport, separated by less than 10 miles - but it's a game almost 500 miles away that could give one of them a chance at a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday.

It was after Texas Tech lost to Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, ending the Red Raiders' season, that Chris Beard defied his team to avoid a similar fate the next year. Years and years passed and the Tar Heels would play ACC Tournaments in Greensboro and Chapel Hill to what were home court advantages. (This year) we beat Louisville and we beat Miami.

"It depends on what the committee decides", head coach Jim Boeheim said. I mean, they settled us down.

One day removed from Marek Dolezaj's breakout performance in a 73-64 win over Wake Forest, the default settings got turned back on for Syracuse.

One of the only bright spots in Syracuse's loss was Brissett's double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The sophomore guard, who averaged 5.2 points coming in, buried a pair of 3-pointers a minute apart to start his onslaught.

With the lead trimmed to three and the shot clock winding down, Pinson found the ball in his hand in the right corner. We think both teams will probably fare a bit better this March.

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What Carolina lacked in three-point shooting they made up for on the defensive end.

"He became my window to basketball, and I would turn the TV volume completely down and we would listen to Woody", said Jarrett.

Frank Howard and Tyus Battle did not punch into Syracuse's "Big 3" club for Wednesday night's game as the Tar Heels held Syracuse's backcourt in check. Brooks missed a shot on the second group's first possession. Izundu (five points) wasn't a factor on Thursday. Johnson made all three free throws, giving North Carolina a 32-31 lead at halftime.

Pinson scored 10 points in 3 1/2 minutes of the second half, including a corner 3 to make it 69-63 with 4:25 left.

The Tar Heels ended the game on a 13-0 run.

North Carolina, who overcame a 14-0 deficit against Miami, put together a 50-point second half and beat the Hurricanes by a comfortable 17-point margin.

The Duke-North Carolina basketball game will air on ESPN.

"He just knew so much more about the Carolina players and the coaching staff, he would have insights of the television broadcasters wouldn't have", explained Jarrett.