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UNC-Duke Postgame Notes
Release: 02/21/2014

Postgame Notes

North Carolina 74, Duke 66


  • • Carolina is now 19-7 overall, 9-4 in the ACC and 13-3 at the Smith Center this year.
  • • The Tar Heels have won eight in a row, their longest streak since winning nine in a row in 2011-12.
  • • The Tar Heels are now 133-104 against Duke, including 61-34 in Chapel Hill, 16-13 in the Smith Center and 10-12 under head coach Roy Williams.
  • • Carolina is the first team to beat the top four teams in the preseason AP poll since the AP began releasing a pre-season poll in 1961-62. The Tar Heels have beaten pre-season #1 Kentucky, #2 Michigan State, #3 Louisville and #4 Duke.
  • • Carolina is now 5-1 this year against teams ranked in the AP Top 25.
  • • This is the first time unranked UNC has beaten a ranked Duke team since March 9, 2003. Duke was #10 that game.
  • • This is the first time that unranked Carolina beat a top five ranked Duke team since March 4, 1990. That was an 87-75 UNC win in Durham over #5 Duke.
  • • Duke led 51-40 with 15:07 to play, but Carolina out-scored the Blue Devils 34-15 to finish the game. That includes an 18-6 run over the final 4:58.
  • • Senior guard Leslie McDonald led all scorers with a season-high 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the floor. He was also 1 for 4 from three-point range and 2 for 4 from the free throw line.
  • • It was McDonald's fourth career 20-point game and his second this season (he had 20 against NC State on February 1st.) It was his first game in double figures in the last five games.
  • • McDonald had scored a total of 10 points in the last two games and just 19 points in the previous three games. He was 5 for 24 from the floor in the last three contests before tonight's game.
  • • McDonald scored the go-ahead basket with 3:54 to play that gave Carolina a 62-60 lead. Duke never tied the game or took the lead again.
  • • McDonald's nine field goals are a career-high. His previous high was seven against Mississippi State (11/19/12), UAB (12/1/12) and NC State (2/1/14).
  • • James Michael McAdoo had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was his sixth double-double of the year and 15thof his career. His basket with 4:24 to play tied the game at 60-all.
  • • Marcus Paige, who was named second-team Academic All-America earlier today, scored all 13 of his points in the second half. He hit back-to-back baskets for the Tar Heels with 2:11 (jumper) and 1:30 (drive) to play that gave UNC a 66-62 lead.
  • • Tonight was the 11th time this season and second time in as many games that Paige has scored four points or fewer in the first half and double figures in the second. Tonight against Duke, he was scoreless in the first half and had 13 in the second. Monday at Florida State he had four points in the opening half and 16 in the second.
  • • Points off turnovers was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Duke scored 18 of its 37 points off nine UNC turnovers, while the Tar Heels managed just three points off five Duke miscues. However, in the second half UNC scored seven points off seven turnovers, while the Blue Devils failed to score a single point off four UNC errors. The game finished with Duke holding an 18-10 advantage in that category.
  • • Carolina shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half (15-30) and 47.3 percent for the game. Since losing to Syracuse, Carolina has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the second half in seven of the last 10 games (.536 vs. Boston College, .615 vs. Clemson, .667 vs. Georgia Tech, .550 vs. Maryland, .536 vs. Notre Dame, .679 vs. Florida State and .500 vs. Duke).
  • • Freshman point guard Nate Britt went 6 for 6 from the free throw line, including 4 for 4 in the final 46 seconds.
  • • Desmond Hubert tied his season high with 11 minutes played and had two points, a season-high rebounds (as many as he had in the previous six games combined) and a blocked shot.

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