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.
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