The strategy paid off as the Irish hit for 89 points to beat N.C. State on Saturday and break its first two-game losing streak in two seasons.
North Carolina’s Marcus Paige defends as Duke’s Grayson Allen (3) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 5, 2016.
“There’s some guys that they’re just hard to guard”, North Carolina forward Justin Jackson said. They made a couple of runs where they made a lot of threes, but that’s what Duke does. “With everything that we did to lose that game for ourselves, we were able to muster up enough stops to make shots at the end and things like that”.
North Carolina (25-6) can clinch at worst a share of the ACC title and a top seed in the tournament with a victory over Duke on the road today.
North Carolina never trailed and rode its inside game, building a 64-29 rebounding advantage and outscoring Duke 42-20 in the paint. Xavier held on with free throws and finished with a season high in points.
5, Still beDeviled at Cameron: Wake Forest hasn’t won anywhere on road in an ACC game since January 22, 1994.
Kennard’s corner 3-pointer closed the gap to 72-70. With 1.5 ticks left on the clock, he hit two more free throws under pressure to put the game away. I want to know more about my team and how they’re going to work through those situations. “And it started to sink in that after all we’ve been through, we finally got over the hump”.
While Tierney felt that his team dodged a loss, Breschi felt good about the push his team made against the Pioneers.
Kennedy Meeks added 12 points and 14 rebounds, Joel Berry II scored seven of his 12 in the final five minutes and Paige hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help the Tar Heels (25-6, 14-4) earn their first win on Duke’s floor since 2012.
The 6-10 Johnson is averaging 16.8 points while leading the ACC in rebounding (10.4), shooting percentage (61.6 percent) and double-doubles (18) – including a 39-point, 23-rebound effort at Florida State. The Blue Devils are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. We didn’t come out and give everything our all. The 6-10 forward is averaging 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists for a team trying to improve its NCAA Tournament hopes entering Saturday’s trip to No. 22 Kentucky.
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 84, G’TOWN 72: Josh Hart scored 18 and Kris Jenkins had 17 for the host Wildcats (27-4, 16-2 Big East), who dominated from the opening tip.
The Blue Devils were without No. 2 scorer Rebecca Greenwell, who missed her second tournament straight game with a lingering back injury.
In addition, Brogdon was named to the All-ACC First Team for the third consecutive season and ACC All-Defensive Team for the second straight season.
However, a game-tying goal from Zach Miller with nine seconds to go and an eventual overtime victor from Connor Cannizzaro allowed the Pioneers to slip out of the Triangle with a 13-12 win to remain undefeated at 5-0.
In his second matchup against the Tar Heels, Parker posted a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. MI (20-11, 10-8) scored the next 10 points, but the Wolverines couldn’t pull any closer down the stretch and now may need a strong showing in the Big Ten tournament to make it to the NCAAs.