What an ending of the game between the No.5 Duke Blue Devils and the No.3 North Carolina Tar Heels. Zion Williamson proved why is he probably the best college player at the moment, and brought a tight win to his team.
Because of the future No.1 pick, Duke advanced to the finals of the ACC tournament and eliminated its biggest rival.
He tipped-in the ball after his own miss, to lift the Blue Devils to 74-73, giving them the advantage before UNC’s last attacks.
In the meantime, RJ Barrett missed both of his free throws, allowing the Tar Heels to have a chance to win. Coby White took responsibility, but his three-point jumper wasn’t good. Still, even after that, UNC had another chance, but Cameron Johnson missed a layup from a nearby.
Duke was behind throughout the majority of the time, especially in the first quarter. With 6:24 to go and Garrison Brooks’ dunk, North Carolina had a 13-point lead, 33-20.
But Duke rallied back, and they managed to catch up that advantage, going to the halftime leveled, 44-44.
They held the Tar Heels scoreless for almost three and a half minutes after the start of the second half but managed to score only four points during that stretch.
North Carolina then replied, and came back, but in those moments, neither of the sides had the strength to pull away and create a notable lead.
After Luke Maye’s layup with 2:46 to go, UNC had a 71-67 lead. They were even leading 73-72 with 48 seconds until the end, but that wasn’t enough against Williamson and the boys.
The big freshman had one of his best games of the season. He dropped 31 points and grabbed 11 boards, shooting 13 of 19 from the field.
RJ Barrett wasn’t in his mood. With a bad shooting 5 of 15, 2 of 9 for three, he only posted 15 points. But his contribution was more significant in other areas because he grabbed 8 boards and made 7 dimes. Tre Jones had 11 points, making 5 of his 14 shots.
Duke was in general bad behind the arc, 5 of 20, but the UNC was even worse, 4 of 27.
Cameron Johnson had a team-high for the Tar Heels, 23 buckets, and also added 5 boards. Luke Maye posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, 6 of them offensive.
Duke advanced to the finals, where they face No.12 Florida State.