2 April 2022
|North Carolina Tar Heels||20|
|9Duke Blue Devils||24|
|TBS | 1st – 07:12|
New Orleans — It’s finally here. Tonight is the most celebrated game in the history of the Duke-UNC rivalry. Follow this story for a running blog of tonight’s game with statistics, analysis and more.
7:55- Duke has 10 points off the bench from Keels and John. A Keels layup puts Duke up 21-18. Bacot has only attempted two shots from the field so far. Davis is 4-of-5 with 10 points to lead all scorers. Duke is scoring most of its points in the paint.
9:35 – Davis hits a runner, Banchero answers with a fast break slam. Duke up 17-16. Seven lead changes so far.
11:12 – Griffin with a drive to the hoop and we’re tied at 13. Williams still on the bench with two fouls. Love off to a tough start for UNC, missing his first four shots. Both teams have 10 rebounds each.
11:50 – Theo Jon with a dunk and Banchero hits his first shot on a 3 to give Duke an 11-10 lead. RJ Davis answers with a trey for UNC.
13:15 – Banchero goes at Manek and draws UNC’s first foul. UNC up 10-6.
15:02 – Brady Manek hits two free throws. Trevor Keels comes in for Duke.
15:19 – Williams picks up his second foul and heads to the bench. Big opportunity for UNC here.
15:38 – Mark Williams whistled for a foul on the rebound. Duke leads 4-3 at the first TV timeout. Duke has three fouls to UNC’s none. Williams has two slams for Duke. The teams are a combined 3-for-14 from the field so far.
18:00 – Leaky Black with a 3 for UNC to start the scoring. Mark Williams answers with a dunk for Duke.
18:35 – Paolo Banchero misses his first two shots for Duke, Wendell Moore Jr. whistled for the game’s first foul.
Four NCAA Tournament wins brought both Duke and UNC to New Orleans for the first tournament meeting in 257 games facing each other.
This will be the final time Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski faces the Tar Heels. He’s 50-47 all-time against UNC.
UNC is making its 21st Final Four appearance. Duke has reached 17 Final Fours. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with a 142-115 advantage. The team split the head-to-head matchups during the regular season with Duke winning in Chapel Hill 87-67 and UNC taking the rematch in Durham 94-81.
UNC has won 16 of its last 19 games in a resurgence after the season’s midpoint. The Tar Heels survived a classic overtime game with Baylor and made clutch plays late against UCLA in two momentous tournament victories.
After disappointing losses to UNC in the season finale and Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament, Duke has rebounded. The Blue Devils won close games against Michigan State and Texas Tech before outlasting Arkansas.
The winner will take on Kansas, who beat Villanova 81-65 in the early game.
Here’s tonight’s starting lineups, which feature no surprises.
- Leaky Black
- Caleb Love
- RJ Davis
- Armando Bacot
- Brady Manek
- Wendell Moore Jr.
- Jeremy Roach
- Paolo Banchero
- Mark Williams
- AJ Griffin
Roger Ayers, Bo Boroski and Tony Padilla are the officials. The game is expected to tip-off on time at 8:49 p.m.