No. 14 Duke Beats No. 6 North Carolina In ACC Tournament Semis

No. 14 Duke Beats No. 6 North Carolina In ACC Tournament Semis

Duke is blessed with future first-round picks and a hall of fame coach, so the underdog label rarely applies.

And looking at the Blue Devils' resume, it gets worse. Luke Kennard's skill was on full display as he finished with 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Duke coach Mike Kryzyewski earned his 59th ACC Tournament victory to pass North Carolina's Dean Smith for the most in conference history.

Four Blue Devils players scored double digits, paced by Jayson Tatum with 19 points.

Separated by about 10 miles, Duke (25-8) and North Carolina are one ACC Tournament title apart for most in the conference.

Matt Farrell knocked down a pair of free throws to get back within one point.

Jefferson and fellow senior Matt Jones refused to return to Durham, "to the dorm", without a trophy and a title. The Irish have proven everyone wrong, and it isn't going to end now. We've been pretty darn consistent, " Brey said, when asked if his team has been overlooked this year. FSU cut the lead to eight on three separate occasions near the 9-minute mark of the second half, but had trouble getting any closer.

Winning the ACC championship isn't new to the Blue Devils, they've done in 24 times already. That comeback, combined with the energy they spent the previous two nights, should give Notre Dame an edge heading into tonight. Tatum came on help defense to block Vasturia's shot.

Following a back-and-forth affair during the first 10 minutes, ND began to quickly pull away with a relentless onslaught of three-pointers. Tatum made the three-point play, giving the Blue Devils a 74-69 lead. Dwayne Bacon also had a solid effort in front of numerous National Basketball Association scouts, scoring 18 points and tallying nine rebounds.

Colson was forced to leave the game after coming down hard on his ankle with the Irish holding a 58-55 lead and 8:06 to play. For the night, the Fighting Irish (25-8) actually shot better from beyond the arc (13-for-27) than they did inside the arc (15-for-32).

He missed a layup in transition after a Duke turnover, but VJ Beachem slammed home the offensive rebound for a 53-46 Notre Dame lead.

Leading Duke is Grayson Allen.

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Maybe it's because Duke played through so much negative emotion throughout the regular season. Of course, we'll see if this is all moot when the bracket is revealed.

On Friday night, in a game that tipped off at 9:57 pm ET (because the ACC hates us), the Seminoles were sluggish in the opening half (again). It shows up in great stability in times of taking punches, " Brey said. We've only been in the league four years.

Four days doesn't make an entire season and Duke is not worthy of a No. 1 seed.

Tatum and the Blue Devils, playing their fourth game in four days, defeated Notre Dame, 75-69. (Villanova, though, is 11-2.) They concluded the season by beating, in succession, No. 7 (RPI) Louisville, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 23 Notre Dame.

The Blue Devils trailed by 12 against Louisville, one of the best teams in the nation.

Notre Dame will now wait to see where they'll be placed in the NCAA Tournament; the Irish can expect to be anywhere from a 3-6 seed. Teams will be playing for seed, not selection.

Meanwhile, Krzyzewski was praising his team's resilience. "They were contested threes and there was just nothing we could do". For me and my teammates, we wanted to get a No. 1 seed, and we blew that opportunity today.

"I think it's safe to say we're really excited, " Farrrell said.

The Blue Devils won the two teams' prior matchup January 30 in South Bend, 84-74.

They conquered elite programs such as Kansas, Connecticut and Georgetown, and All-Americans such as David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning and Danny Manning. Krzyzewski said. "Holy mackerel".

"They're exhausted", he said. We were not tough enough. And they figured that out.

And the four games in four days?