UNC Basketball: Tar Heels climb to No


Brice Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points and a game-high 21 rebounds. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line.

Miami dropped a shocking 77-62 decision to Virginia Tech on Saturday as six-point road favorites, while the Cavaliers locked up the No. 2 seed with a 68-46 win over the No. 14 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday night. The action tips off on Tuesday afternoon, but the Hokies will not play until Wednesday night at approximately 9:30pm. On Saturday, he went only 6-for-15 from the field, but he scored 18 points and grabbed 21 rebounds (Kennedy Meeks also had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds). Even with those extra chances, North Carolina shot only 35.6 percent from the field and 17.4 (4-23) percent on 3-pointers.
In an attempt to challenge his team, Roy Williams didn’t share the news with his players before their matchup in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke made one last push thanks to a trio of threes from Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard.
This time, the Tar Heels survived with a 76-72 win and clinched the ACC regular season championship.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort”, Breschi said. The Blue Devils have won four straight games at home while UNC has won at Duke four straight times. Shane Simpson had a career-high three assists for the second straight game.
The Tar Heels will enter this coming week’s ACC Tournament with the top-seed, but will try to fend off all challengers, like Miami, Virginia, and Duke.
Perry Ellis scored 22 points, including a hook shot over Iowa State’s Georges Niang to ice the game, and No. 1 Kansas stretched its nation-leading home winning streak to 42 games with an 85-78 victory over the 21st-ranked Cyclones on Saturday.
Then Ingram picked up his third foul, guarding Johnson, who converted both foul shots, giving North Carolina its last double-digit lead. Allen and Blossomgame were joined on the first team by ACC Player of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson-who hurt Duke with 47 points and 40 rebounds in the teams’ two meetings this season-and N.C. State point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber, who led the league in scoring. But a 1-for-8 start quickly was forgotten as the Irish (20-10, 11-7) won their 52nd game since the start of last season, a two-year school record.
The Irish defeated Duke and North Carolina on back-to-back nights past year in Greensboro, N.C., victories that propelled them into the NCAA tournament, where they reached the Elite Eight.
This time the misses on the perimeter were again an issue but unlike the first game, UNC didn’t get out of character on offense with the number of jumpers taken.
North Carolina led 6-4 at halftime, but a 7-2 run gave Denver an 11-8 lead with 6:32 to play in the fourth quarter. Unlike many other teams in Duke’s history, this one isn’t as deep from top to bottom.
Murray’s 6-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers led the way for Kentucky.
One positive going into the post-season was Kennard, who scored 20 points in 36 minutes off the bench, hitting four of nine from beyond the arc. “If by being the fifth seed, if the only way we would have gotten into the NCAA Tournament was winning the ACC Tournament, I would have said, ‘This is the best.’ But I don’t really believe that”.