Duke-North Carolina Spherical Three didn’t disappoint.
Zion Williamson put his crew forward on a tip-in with slightly greater than 30 seconds to play and the Blue Devils held on for a 74-73 victory, regardless of a pair of missed free throws by RJ Barrett down the stretch.
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Coby White had an opportunity to win it for North Carolina on the buzzer, however his contested jumper banged off the rim and Nassir Little’s observe up try was off the mark.
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Williamson, who sprained his knee lower than 40 seconds into the groups’ first matchup and missed the second with the damage, registered a game-high 31 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds to guide Duke to the victory. Barrett chipped in 15 factors, eight rebounds and 7 assists however was 5 of 15 from the sphere.
Johnson completed with 23 factors for North Carolina within the shedding effort.
Right here’s three takeaways from Duke’s win:
Cam Reddish continues to be inconsistent
Cam Reddish didn’t make an influence for the second straight sport.
The freshman ahead completed with simply six factors on 3-of-7 taking pictures in 24 minutes, in the future after he tallied seven factors in Duke’s win over Syracuse.
Reddish, who’s averaging 14 factors this season, is a risk from behind the 3-point line and provides one other aspect to Duke’s offense when he’s taking part in effectively. However, he typically fails to search for his shot and disappears for giant stretches.
Duke can be much more harmful within the NCAA Match if Reddish — a projected top-five choose within the 2019 NBA Draft — performs as much as his potential.
Duke obtained contributions from unlikely locations
Coach Mike Krzyzewski elected to go deep into his bench when the Blue Devils fell behind by double digits halfway by way of the primary half and the technique labored.
Krzyzewski despatched in backup level guard Jordan Goldwire and rarely used ahead Antonio Vrankovic. The pair gave Duke a much-needed power increase and helped it erase its deficit.
Goldwire tallied two factors and two rebounds within the first half whereas Vrankovic added a basket and two assists. Duke ended up closing the interval on a 24-11 run to tie the rating.
Goldwire and Vrankovic — who has appeared in simply 16 video games this season for the Blue Devils — each began the second half and completed with 27 and 10 minutes, respectively.
The committee can have a troublesome time seeding these two
The committee can have a troublesome time seeding these two groups.
North Carolina defeated Duke twice through the common season, however Williamson was sidelined for each of these video games. In the meantime, the Blue Devils secured a victory Friday when each groups had been close to full energy.
Duke and North Carolina are each in rivalry for a high spot within the NCAA Match and an argument might be made for both.
The Blue Devils resume can get higher, and so they’ll virtually definitely clinch a No. 1 seed, with a victory over Florida State within the ACC championship. North Carolina might additionally obtain a main place within the bracket, even with the loss Friday.