HALFTIME: UNC leads Louisville, 45-35, in ACC Tournament quarterfinals

Duke Look Like NCAA Championship Contenders in Zion Williamson's Return

Sunday's finale will feature Miami's Brian Van Belle (3-1, 1.52 ERA) opposite North Carolina junior RHP Austin Bergner (1-0, 3.18 ERA) and first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

With his 19 points, White passed former North Carolina All-American Phil Ford on UNC's all-time freshman scoring list ... Here are some takeaways.

The 'Noles defense holds opponents under 67 points a game, which will be key going against one of the highest scoring teams in the nation in Duke, who average close to 84 points a game (7th in NCAA). He clearly led the Blue Devils, and dominated the basketball game.

"We came here and we talked to each other, like 'we came too far just to lose, '" Williamson said of the message at halftime. Instead, it was his decision to pass up a play designed for him and dish to Williamson for the game's final points that proved decisive.

UNC was well in control in the first half when Cameron Johnson scored 14 points in the first six minutes and led by 13 with 6:24 left in the opening half.

This all means Zion Williamson, a Spartanburg native and college basketball's biggest star, is returning home for his Big Dance debut.

The Achilles heel for this Duke roster all season has been their lack of depth.

The Tar Heels cruised to an 83-70 victory over seventh-seeded Louisville on Thursday.

Dwayne Sutton scored 14 points to lead the Cardinals (20-13), who won a night earlier against Notre Dame. Williamson was dynamic. Bench players such as Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic had an impact. Leonard Hamilton will likely use a 10- or even an 11-man rotation to keep fresh legs in the game at all times.

Duke Look Like NCAA Championship Contenders in Zion Williamson's Return
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When the Cavaliers took a brief lead midway through the second half, Nichols' turnaround jumper put the Seminoles back on top. Gonzaga should catch steam, but the 30-3 team doesn't have much experience bouncing back after a tough loss. Duke against Michigan State with a shot at the Final Four on the line, a true blue blood matchup.

There were three different shades of blue-bloods, two Hall-of-Fame coaches and, as anyone watching the television broadcast can attest, a superstar freshman waiting for the spotlight. Barrett played 40 minute, and added 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Barrett was able to contribute elsewhere with 8 boards and 7 assists. While there was reason to be optimistic heading into last night's game, you just didn't know which UofL team was going to show up.

Kenny Williams made a wide open 3-pointer in the second half, but the Tar Heels missed all 12 of their other attempts.

"They're a very athletic team, very long, and it did disrupt us a little bit", Virginia guard Kyle Guy said.

The Tigers were given the No. 3 seed in the East, a mere two weeks after details emerged about their coach, on a wiretap, talking to a recruiting middleman about a "strong ass offer" he made to a high schooler.

Williamson tipped in his own miss to put the fifth-ranked Blue Devils ahead for good, and Duke survived a final-play shot to beat the third-ranked Tar Heels 74-73 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.

North Carolina had no trouble in the rubber match between the teams.

"Williamson's performance after a 22-day layoff didn't just remind everyone why Duke surged to No. 1 in February and has looked like the national championship favorite when fully healthy", according to USA Today.

North Carolina is now projected to be a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament after its 74-73 loss to Duke on Friday, according to ESPN bracket analyst Joe Lunardi's projections early Saturday.



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