In their first matchup, North Carolina outscored its rival by eight in the second half to come back and beat Duke, 82-78, on February 8. UP NEXT North Carolina: The Tar Heels split with Duke this season, each winning at home. Tobacco Road, Brooklyn, it seems the national title nearly always goes through Duke and North Carolina.
The Tar Heels overcame All-ACC forward Luke Maye's 1-for-15 shooting, though he grabbed 13 rebounds.
Mike Krzyzewski's team became the first conference team to ever win four games in four days en route to the trophy past year and beat Roy Williams team to do it.
"We've been here before, even with the same team", Pinson said. The Tar Heels have already beaten Syracuse and Miami to advance to the semifinals, where they will play their third game in three days. Everybody knows that. I'm going to be ready. UNC and Duke will meet in the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year - just as the rivals did last year in the tournament's debut at Barclays Center.
Duke ranks 145th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while North Carolina ranks 281st in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
Duke has won the ACC Tournament 20 times in program history.
"We've relied on [Raine] a lot early on, and I think she has just put a little too much pressure on herself", Young said.
Maye or Pinson would catch the ball at the high post, and the Tar Heels could generate an open look or clean break to the basket on almost every trip.
"I like it, it's just a different feel" he said. Thursday was the senior's sixth double-double in 14 games after just one in his first 104 games at UNC. Johnson scored in double figures for the 17th time in the 22 games in which he has played this season. Forty-two seconds later, Pinson dribbled through the Miami press and threw down a slam that had the UNC fans chanting "Taarrr!"
"The only difference is you might score on one end and get some cheers and they might score on the next end and get some cheers", Kenny Williams said.
Carolina needed all it could get from Pinson.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams is 67 years old, but there is still a fire burning inside him. But they'll need to knock down more shots to deal with Duke. Woody Durham, former longtime "Voice of the Tar Heels", died early Wednesday at 76 after a lengthy illness.
Miami shot just 37 percent from the field against a UNC defense playing as well as it has all season long. He's aiming to be the 13th player in ACC history (and first freshman) to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding. He subbed out his entire starting five.
With the whole world watching yet again, the Tar Heels will take on Duke for a third time this season-looking to avenge a loss in the season finale at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Williams had fun with the moment after the game. "We've had a really good preseason and we want to keep that going".
The Tar Heels ended the game on a 13-0 run. Johnson made all three free throws to give UNC a 32-31 lead at the half. Duke vs North Carolina tv channel is on ESPN. "I'm a Blue Devil now, so I'm focused on executing the game plan and getting the wins for Duke".
Miami: The Hurricanes' next stop is the NCAA Tournament.
"The bottom line is to win", Ferraro said. "We knew that Woody, because of who he was, he could help us in certain things, like the banquet and golf tournament".