North Carolina showed once again why its rivalry with Duke is among the greatest in all of sports. It spoiled Mike Krzyzewski's final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 94-81 upset the over fourth-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday.
With that, Coach K's all-time record vs. the Tar Heels falls to 50-47, though it's not outside the realm of possibility the teams could meet up again in the ACC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament Eckerd Tritons shirt .
North Carolina (23-8, 15-5 ACC) clearly showed up ready to play, both physically and emotionally. It jumped out to an 11-4 lead before the Blue Devils (26-5, 16-4 ACC) could get their bearings. Once Duke woke up, however, it appeared the team would run away with the victory.
Duke took advantage of early foul trouble for UNC big man Armando Bacot, especially at the end of the half, going on a 14-0 run to take a 37-28 lead with 3:51 left. But UNC never fell out of it and managed to make it a 41-39 game with a halftime buzzer-beating 3 by R.J. Davis.
Duke continued to flex its muscles in the second half but ultimately couldn't get enough consistent looks from players other than Paolo Banchero. North Carolina took over in the game's closing minutes, going on to outscore the Blue Devils 55-40 in the final 20 minutes.
Bacot was the biggest player for Carolina, finishing with 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. That said, four UNC starters finished with at least 20 points: Brady Manek, who went 5 of 10 from 3 and who also had 11 rebounds; Davis (21 points); and Caleb Love (22 points).
In all, UNC shot 33 of 68 from the field (48.5 percent) and 9 of 23 from 3 (39.1 percent). The Heels were also efficient from the free-throw line, going 18 of 22 (86.4 percent).
Duke's Banchero tied for game high with 23 points, which is also a career high for him. Mark Williams (16), Trevor Keels (12) and Jeremy Roach (15) also scored in double digits.
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Duke vs. UNC live updates, highlights from Coach K's last home game
(This section will be updated as tip-off nears. All times Eastern.)
Second half: UNC 94, Duke 81
8:25 p.m.: And there it is. Final score: North Carolina 94, Duke 81.
8:24 p.m.: UNC's lead swells to 90-76 with 30 seconds remaining. Anything from here on out will simply make the score look better (or worse) for Coach K's last game.
8:22 p.m.: ESPN cams are starting to turn to emotional Duke fans in the crowd. That's how you know this one's about wrapped up.
8:21 p.m.: Bacot with a massive slam with just a minute remaining. That gives UNC an 86-76 lead, and that will do it. A huge win for the Tar Heels on multiple fronts, and a heartbreak for Coach K.
8:18 p.m.: Bacot with a huge block to keep the score 82-76 with 1:47 Evansville Purple Aces clothes remaining.
8:16 p.m.: Manek hits another 3 out of the corner to make it 82-74. Massive.
8:12 p.m.: Moore hits a corner 3 to make it 79-74 with 2:58 remaining in the game. Crunch time incoming.
8:11 p.m.: UNC leads 79-71 with under 4 minutes to play — the Tar Heels' largest of the game.
8:10 p.m.: Banchero slips with Manek in defense; officials opt to call it a travel instead of a foul. UNC will take over possession leading 75-71. That is Duke's fi NCAA Crewneck Sweatshirts fth second-half turnover. UNC has none.
8:08 p.m.: Keels hit 'em both to make it 70-69 with 6:04 remaining in the game.
8:04 p.m.: Banchero gets to 21 points on a mid-range shot to make it 7-67 UNC. Following a turnover by UNC, Keels attempts to get a fast-break layup, but can't sink it. Manek is called for a blocking foul, however. Keels will attempt two when the game returns from timeout.
8:02 p.m.: Williams finally breaks the scoring drought for Duke to make it 66-63; Manke is somehow lost on defense on the other side, however, and hits his fourth 3 of the game to make it 68-63.
8 p.m.: That's a 9-0 run by UNC, by the way.
7:59 p.m.: And there's Bacot with a tough layup (who else) to give the Tar Heels their first lead of the half. A goaltending by Duke on the ensuing possession gives UNC a 65-61 lead with 9 minutes left.
7:58 p.m.: And now Bacot forces a turnover, recovered by Davis; he hits the layup on the other end to knot it up at 61-61 again.
7:57 p.m.: Keels gets an open look at 3 and drills it to make it 51-56. But Love responds with his own from beyond the arc to make it 61-59. Carolina refusing to go away.
7:55 p.m.: Incredible sequence there for Duke: Griffin gets the block, leading to a fast-break slam by Williams on the other end to make it 58-53 Duke.
7:47 p.m.: Love makes a nice steal and gets the fast-break layup to make it a 56-54 game at the 12-minute TV timeout. UNC has been down, but never out of this game.
7:43 p.m.: Fast-paced sequence there: UNC and Duke trade blocks on either end of the floor before Banchero finally scores on the fast break to make it 56-51.
7:41 p.m.: Duke now outscoring UNC 40-18 in the paint. Duke has really taken advantage of Bacot's foul trouble. Duke leading 54-47.
7:39 p.m.: Williams gets the inside dish from Banchero to make it 52-45 Duke.
7:34 p.m.: Manek goes 1 for 2 at the charity stripe to get 10 points for the game. Duke responds with a Keels 3 to make it 50-44 Blue Devils at the first TV timeout of the second half.
7:31 p.m.: Bacot is back in the game and knots things at 41-41 with an ugly layup attempt.
First half: Duke 41, UNC 39
7:21 p.m.: Banchero leads all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He has been massive for Duke. The player with the next-highest shot total is Trevor Keels, with five.
North Carolina, meanwhile, has two scorers in double digits in Bacot (10) and Davis (11). Manek also has nine points off three 3-pointers.
7:15 p.m.: First-half stats:
|Field goals||18 of 31||14 of 36|
|Percentage||(58.1 percent)||(38.9 percent)|
|3-pointers||3 of 6||5 of 16|
|3pt percentage||50 percent||31.3 percent|
|Free throws||2 of 4||6 of 6|
|FT percentage||50 percent||100 percent|
7:12 p.m.: UNC has one last look … and Davis hits a buzzer-beater 3 to fight back and get the score to 41-39 at the half. Great back-and-forth game from these two rivals.
7:11 p.m.: Manek hits his third 3 of the game to make it 41-36. There's an 8-second difference between the game clock and shot clock.
7:11 p.m.: Duke takes advantage of Bacot's absence following his third foul, hitting two field goals to go up 41-33.
7:09 p.m.: Coach K is livid. Williams is called for a blocking foul when it appeared officials should have called a charge. Love hits a wide-open 3 on the ensuing inbound to make it 37 College Cold Weather Shirts -33 with 1:54 remaining in the half. A crucial turn of eve Carthage Firebirds shirt nts there.
7:07 p.m.: Bacot finally stops the bleeding with a two-point tip shot to make the score 37-30.
7:05 p.m.: Banchero hits another layup. As noted on the ESPN broadcast, Bacot has not been nearly as aggressive a defender considering he has two fouls. Regardless, the run goes to 14-0 and Duke's lead swells to nine.
7 p.m.: And now Griffin hits a 3! The Blue Devils have taken the game over with a 12-0 run to take a 35-28 lead. Timeout, North Carolina.
6:59 p.m.: Banchero scores in isolation, using some impressive shiftiness for an acrobatic layup. THat's Duke's first lead of multiple possessions all game.
6:58 p.m.: AJ Griffin gets his first points of the night on a tough layup to give Duke the lead, 30-28, with roughly 5 minutes remaining in the half.
6:56 p.m.: Banchero hits a much-needed 3 to get the score to 28-26 UNC.
6:50 p.m.: Manek follows up Moore's 3 with his second of the day to give UNC a 26-23 lead at the third TV timeout.
6:50 p.m.: And just like that, Duke's back on top with its first 3 of the game from Wendell Moore Jr..
6:49 p.m.: Love hits both of his free throws, then RJ Davis splits the Duke double-team to hit a mid-range jumper to give UNC a 21-18 lead.
6:48 p.m.: John's foul is indeed a Flagrant 1. UNC will get two free throws and possession.
6:46 p.m.: Theo John attempted to wrestle Love down to the court as they fought for a rebound. The play is under review to determine whether it'll be escalated to a Flagrant 1.
6:43 p.m.: Duke forces a turnover, but Jeremy Roach can't finish the fast break. No matter: He sinks both free throws to give Duke its first lead of the day at 16-15 with 11:06 remaining in the half.
6:40 p.m.: The second TV timeout finds Duke in a much more managea FSU vs. Miami Rivalry Gear ble position, down 15-14 to UNC. Duke has three straight scoring possessions.
6:37 p.m.: Paolo Banchero gets a putback dunk to give Duke a 6-0 run and bring the score to 11-10.
6:31 p.m.: We reach the first TV timeout with UNC holding an 11-4 lead and possession after Duke is hit with an over-and-back violation.
6:28 p.m.: Duke's second consecutive turnover ends with Caleb Love shooting two free throws to go up 9-2. Not the start the Blue Devils were looking for.
6:26 p.m.: Brady Manek hits the first 3 of the game to give the Tar Heels a 7-2 lead early. Coach K is stomping mad after UNC nearly forces a turnover on Duke's ensuing possession.
6:24 p.m.: Mark Williams gets the Blue Devils on the board with a dunk of his own. Tied 2-2 early.
6:22 p.m.: North Carolina's ball first after Duke touches the ball out of bounds on the tipoff. Armando Bacot gets the dish inside and throws down a thunderous dunk to open the scoring.
6:16 p.m.: The Sporting News' Ryan Fagan is on press row at Cameron Indoor Stadium; follow him for excellent in-game coverage.
6:16 p.m.: Final walk-in for Coach K:
6:10 p.m.: For the vast majority of fans who won't be in attendance at tonight's game:
6:01 p.m.: Duke and North Carolina's respective starting fives:
5:57 p.m.: Yet more people stopping in to catch Coach K's last regular-season game:
4:55 p.m.: Taking it all in on Coach K's last game at Cameron Ind Delaware State Hornets clothes oor Stadium:
4:50 p.m.:There is perhaps no stronger testament to the impact Krzyzewski has had on the players he has coached over the years.
4:42 p.m.: History being made in more than one way for Saturday's game:
Duke vs. UNC start time
- Date: Saturday, March 5
- Time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
The Duke-North Carolina game will tip off at 6 p.m. ET from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
What channel is Duke vs. UNC on?
- TV Channel: ESPN, ACC NETWORK
- Live stream: ESPN.com, Sling TV
Duke vs. North Carolina will have no shortage of broadcast options for those who want to watch Coach K's final home game. The game will air on ESPN with the broadcast team of Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Holly Rowe. ESPN is planning on staying live after the game for on-court ceremonies.
An alternative simulcast will take place on the ACC Network as the “Coach K Curtain Call” with Wes Durham, Mark Packer and Debbie Antonelli. Kelsey Riggs and analysts Joel Berry, Carlos Boozer and Luke Hancock of "Nothing but Net" will anchor halftime. The ESPN App will also offer "Surround" and "Supracam" views of the game.
Streaming options i College Cold Weather shirt nclude ESPN.com or Sling TV, which offers a free trial.
Duke vs. UNC series history
Saturday's game between Duke and North Carolina will be a rubber match of sorts: A win by either team would give them an 8-7 record in the teams' last 15 meetings. It could also represent the final game between Krzyzewski and the Tar Heels, assuming the teams don't meet in the ACC Tournament.
|2021-22||Feb. 5, 2022||Duke||87-67||Dean Smith Center|
|2020-21||March 6, 2021||North Carolina||91-73||Dean Smith Center|
|2020-21||Feb. 6, 2021||North Carolina||91-87||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||March 7, 2020||Duke||89-76||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2019-20||Feb. 8, 2020||Duke||98-96||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||March 15, 2019||Duke||74-73||Spectrum Center (Charlotte, N.C.)|
|2018-19||March 9, 2019||North Carolina||79-70||Dean Smith Center|
|2018-19||Feb. 20, 2019||North Carolina||88-72||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||March 9, 2018||North Carolina||74-69||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|2017-18||March 3, 2018||Duke||74-64||Cameron Indoor Stadium|
|2017-18||Feb. 8, 2018||North Carolina||82-78||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||March 10, 2017||Duke||93-83||Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|2016-17||March 4, 2017||North Carolina||90-83||Dean Smith Center|
|2016-17||Feb. 9, 2017||Duke||86-78||Cameron Indoor Stadium|