Duke vs. North Carolina - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Governors wager beer on Cavaliers and Tar Heels ACC championship game

Governors wager beer on Cavaliers and Tar Heels ACC championship game

Duke comes in looking to be a top seed, while North Carolina is trying to avenge a loss less than a week ago.

Grayson Allen picked up a flagrant-1 foul in the final minute of the first half after hip-checking Garrison Brooks to the floor. Allen pump-faked and got Luke Maye to bite, but instead of drawing contact Allen released an ill-advised shot around the big man that never touched the rim.

Tobacco Road leads to Brooklyn tonight as the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament rolls on. "I think we kept playing", UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Making shots and we were defending". The Blue Devils ripped off the next 13 points in the game, cutting UNC's lead to three with 51 seconds left.

BC-BKC-T25-ACC-North Carolina-Duke, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 560 North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC titleAP Photo NYJJ119, NYJJ118, NYJJ117, NYJJ125, NYJJ124, NYJJ123, NYJJ121, NYJJ120Eds: No. 12 North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 69.

"I did not do it properly", said Williams, who was able to laugh it off. "Everybody knows that. I'm going to be ready".

Mike Krzyzewski's team couldn't close it out though. "I'm disappointed that we didn't win, but we've got to move on and learn from it", Krzyzewski said. If you really want to rip a jacket in half, start at the back at the bottom where it's already split.

Rounding out the rotation are Gary Trent Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., and Trevon Duval.

Duke (26-7), led by Marvin Bagley III's 19 points and 13 rebounds, likely lost its shot at securing a 1-seed on Selection Sunday, but none of the past four national champions has won its conference tournament.

But while scoring points against Virginia is often about as easy as beating The Rock in an arm-wrestling match, North Carolina's recent defensive play should leave room for optimism. Cameron Johnson set up deep for a 3 to make it 70-55.

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Transition vs tempo. The Tar Heels, who average 71.3 possessions per game, love to push the pace.

But more than anything, Friday night taught us that this North Carolina team is one that we need to take seriously. With 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, Theo Pinson was the game's leading scorer.

But when the Blue Devils got hot in the second half, there was no slowing down, with Bagley almost unstoppable in the paint on both ends.

As we approach the final games of Berry's career, the point guard is still reaching milestones and climbing up big program lists. On a rebound, Berry soared up and got a grip, but Trent tugged and yanked all the same.

But that wasn't working this season, not when what makes the Blue Devils so damn good is the fact that their front court of two freshmen fives is unstoppable.

Carolina needed all it could get from Pinson.

Brey said his squad would emphatically accept whichever postseason tournament they're invited to, adding his team would welcome the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT semifinals and championship game and a venue his players have yet to experience. Virginia though held the Tigers scoreless for a very long time shortly thereafter and eventually pulled away. That's not exactly rocket science, but it was a bit of a question mark earlier in the season when the team was struggling. UVA didn't do a ton of damage from deep, just 5-of-18, but did shoot over 46-percent overall. The team's efforts were boosted by 11 offensive rebounds, and Virginia assisted on 16 of its 28 baskets.

Virginia became the first team in ACC history to ascend to the number one spot in the country after beginning the season unranked, a feat not lost on tonight's opposing head coach. Nine Hurricanes players scored in the first half, not that surprising as seven Miami players average at least 8.5 points per game. Allen was hot and attempted a three-pointer, but missed.

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