But Duke's lack of frontcourt development, due in part to injuries, is one of the main factors that has kept a good team from becoming the elite team that most expected to roll through the regular season with far fewer than eight losses. Duke finishes the season 23-8.
That lead almost disappeared, though, when Duke pulled to within one at 79-78 with 4:07 left. North Carolina is going to be the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Overall, there were two big sequences for the Tar Heels to put the game away. His ability to control the pace and organize the Tar Heels will separate a Final Four run from an early exit. North Carolina ranks 11th in all of college basketball in scoring. Since that loss, the Heels have ramped up the defensive effort, holding opponents to 59.4 points per game, 28.6 percent shooting from three and just 0.892 points per possession. And if they do, she'll join the thousands of other Tar Heels rushing Franklin Street after the game. Duke is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 trips to North Carolina.
Jordan added, "I'm a diehard Carolina fan no matter what sport is being played with UNC on its chest". The Tar Heels' capacity to win the national championship is not news.
Look what's happened since losing at Clemson on February 14th: Wake took Duke to the wire, beat Pitt, beat Louisville then beat Virginia Tech on the road Saturday, 89-84. Now, they are looking for the sweep.
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The second half was similar to the first: Duke got a lot of free throws and Joel Berry came to play. Sure, maybe a sixth 3-point attempt may have yielded the same result as his first five, but a miss would allow the Blue Devils to be out and running, stressing a Tar Heel defense that was already taxed. But Kennard and Jackson are close behind with almost identical numbers.
"Winning the league and winning it by two games is something we'll always be proud of", Williams said.
In the Big East, Seton Hall would be on the right side of the bubble if it can win at No. 13 Butler and Marquette beat Creighton would give the Golden Eagles a better shot at an at-large berth as well.
Grayson Allen had one of his more memorable performances as a Blue Devil when these teams first hooked up back in early February.