Healthy Zion Williamson powers Duke past rival North Carolina in ACC tournament semifinal – USA TODAY
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CHARLOTTE — Duke and North Carolina have under no circumstances played each other in a Final 4. It would be fitting if this is the 12 months it last but not least happens mainly because right after 3 video games, who would not want more of this?
In a forty-moment track satisfy that doubled as an ACC match semifinal, Zion Williamson’s presence permitted Duke to transform the tables soon after a pair of common year defeats and progress to enjoy Florida Point out in Saturday night’s championship sport.
Tapping in his own miss with 31 seconds left to give Duke the guide, the Blue Devils held on 74-seventy three soon after North Carolina guard Coby White skipped a three-pointer and a place-back would not go at the buzzer.
NO DICE FOR COBY WHITE.
DUKE WINS. pic.twitter.com/KHochdk3hY
— CBS Athletics CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) March sixteen, 2019
With Williamson scoring 31 details and grabbing 11 rebounds after missing all but thirty seconds of the very first two conferences with North Carolina owing to harm, Duke practically unquestionably clinched a No. one seed in the NCAA event.
Zion REFUSED to be denied in crunch time! ❄️@DukeMBB | @ZionW32pic.twitter.com/7nmAmsYxUp
— NCAA March Insanity (@marchmadness) March sixteen, 2019
It did not appear easy for Duke, which seemed to take management of the recreation halfway via the 2nd half, only to tumble powering 71-67 with 2:forty six remaining. From there, even so, Williamson took above on both ends, scoring five of the game’s last seven factors and altering two North Carolina shots around the rim in the closing minutes.
Duke survived regardless of an inefficient game from its other freshmen stars, as R.J. Barrett produced just 5-of-fifteen pictures (two-of-nine from 3-position assortment) and missed two cost-free throws in the closing seconds that gave North Carolina an prospect to win. Cam Reddish was largely a non-component, scoring six points with five turnovers.
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In a activity that illustrated how distinctive Duke is when Williamson is on the court docket, the Blue Devils trailed by as a lot of as thirteen factors early right up until Williamson scored 7 straight, sparking a run that inevitably tied the recreation at forty four heading into halftime.
North Carolina (27-six) will go into the NCAA tournament let down that an ACC title slipped from its grasp but using some solace in how shut it arrived although creating just four-of-27 from the three-point line — specifically if it ends up conference Duke once more in Minneapolis.
North Carolina could however most likely keep on to a top seed centered on its powerful functionality Friday. With the Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Virginia, the ACC could finish up with 3 of the 4 No. one seeds dependent on how the NCAA event range committee sights Gonzaga and the winners of the Big Ten and SEC tournaments.
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