Sweet Revenge: North Carolina Downs Duke, 88-70, Wins ACC Regular Season Title

There was no late comeback this time: UNC raced out to a big lead early and cruised to an 88-70 win over Duke. The win gives the Tar Heels the ACC regular season title.

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UNC Vs. Duke Final Score: Tar Heels Dominate To Capture ACC Title

The North Carolina Tar Heels are the regular season champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and they appear to have a leg up in the race for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Duke Blue Devils played well in the second half to make things interesting, but UNC's halftime lead was too big for Duke to overcome. Duke got the lead down to 11 points at one point, but never came closer in the second half as UNC won 88-70.

Harrison Barnes had a big first half for the Tar Heels, scoring 11 points in the first 20 minutes, but struggled a bit in the second half. Kendall Marshall picked up the slack in the second half, and he was arguably the Tar Heels' strongest player from start to finish with 20 points and 10 assists. Additionally, he played very well defensively and was a big part of the reason that Austin Rivers was ineffective. Duke's star freshman scored just 15 points and was 1-6 from three-point range.

Duke shot 6-21 from behind the arc, which was nowhere near good enough to make up for their deficiencies in other areas. Though the Plumlee brothers played well, UNC was dominant on the boards. They out-rebounded the Blue Devils 42-22, which included a 12-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Both Tyler Zeller and John Henson grabbed 10 rebounds as they notched double-doubles.

For more on the Tar Heels, visit UNC blog Carolina March. For more on the Blue Devils, check out Duke blog Duke Basketball Report. For all news and information regarding college hoops, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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UNC Vs. Duke Halftime Score: Tar Heels Demolishing Blue Devils, 48-24

Coming into the ACC title deciding rivalry game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils, the three-point shooting of Duke was a major talking point. Conventional wisdom was that Duke could not stay competitive with the Tar Heels if they struggled to shoot from the outside. They have struggled mightily from behind the arc in the first half at Cameron Indoor, and it's a big part of why they're trailing. At halftime, UNC leads Duke 48-24.

While Duke is just 2-11 from beyond the arc, they're getting dominated on the boards, and that's been an even bigger problem. North Carolina is winning the rebounding battle by an absolutely astonishing margin of 29-10, and the Heels have 10 second-chance points to zero for Duke.

Harrison Barnes is shooting just 4-11, but his aggression has helped Carolina to establish tempo, and his misses on quick shots have led to second-chance points off of offensive rebounds on a couple of occasions. Barnes leads all scorers with 11 points, while Kendall Marshall has 10 points and six assists. Tyler Zeller has eight rebounds; John Henson has seven.

This is Duke's lowest halftime points total of the season. This game has been a disaster for them in almost every conceivable way, and they're letting the Tar Heels coast to an ACC regular season title.

For more on the Tar Heels, visit UNC blog Carolina March. For more on the Blue Devils, check out Duke blog Duke Basketball Report. For all news and information regarding college hoops, head over to SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub.

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Duke-UNC Rematch Is All About Vindication For The Heels, In More Ways Than One

North Carolina can get revenge on its arch-rival, capture an ACC title and reestablish itself as a legitimate national title contender, all with a single victory over Duke Saturday night.

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