Harrison Barnes had 40 points as North Carolina rallied to beat Clemson, 92-87, in overtime to advance to the 2011 ACC Tournament final. Barnes hasn't dominated college basketball like John Wall or Kevin Durant did, but he's quietly emerged as the season has gone down the stretch. In this game, Barnes flashed all the skills that will make him a high lottery pick in the NBA Draft, scoring more points in an ACC Tournament game since 1995 in the process.
The Tar Heels trailed 38-28 at halftime, but rallied by scoring the last seven points of regulation, then the first nine points of overtime. They tied the game at 73 with 32 seconds left on a jump hook by Tyler Zeller, and Clemson couldn't score on the final play of regulation. In overtime, Barnes hit two threes, a layup and a free throw to carry North Carolina.
UNC will now play the winner of the next semifinal between Duke and Virginia Tech. Clemson falls to 21-11 and now has to sweat out Selection Sunday. Clemson was the fifth-to-last team in the NCAA Tournament field in our latest projection.
Friday, March 11
No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 9 Miami, 64-62
No. 4 Clemson def. No. 5 Boston College, 70-47
No. 2 Duke def. No. No. 7 Maryland, 87-71
9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: Virginia Tech def Florida State, 52-51
Saturday, March 12
No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 4 Clemson, 92-87
3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Duke vs. Virginia Tech
Sunday, March 13
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: ACC Championship Game