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North Carolina routs Miami to reach ACC Tournament semifinals

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North Carolina routs Miami to reach ACC Tournament semifinals

On the season, North Carolina basketball is averaging 85.2 points (10th), 43.8 rebounds (1st) and 18.0 assists (4th) per game. The lead only grew in the final carefree minutes, and the Hurricanes were held to 24 points in the second half.

Meeks schooled the Blue Devils inside early on, hitting his first five shots, all around the rim.

"I said, 'You didn't get an ACL (injury without) enthusiasm, '" Krzyzewski said. "That was never hurt, but I think you're not using it'". And that's what we need. "We're looking forward to it". You might feel like a role player, but you're not. Allen's confidence and role were being questioned, rightfully so, even if he was still recovering.

Duke was starting to struggle a bit as the regular season came to a close.

The Duke Blue Devils and Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Saturday in the college basketball ACC Championship at the Barclays Center. "It doesn't move whether my shots are going in or not".

"I'm not trying to make anybody mad, the coach added". I don't want to use any excuses. "But our final goal was not to win the ACC Tournament". And though the Tar Heels just defeated their arch rival last Saturday in Chapel Hill, there was plenty of post-game frustration to go around on the Carolina side, to be spread among players and their coach. It's now looking like it can beat anyone in America. Without him, UNC couldn't get anything to go their way. I'm the point guard of this team and I felt like me not being on the court hurt my team. "We were a little flat, but we were getting there so I just had to do something, I said, 'I'll just start the defense.' I know we can score, so everything else will come from the defensive end". "We continue to stay calm". "We're accustomed, they're accustomed to playing in buildings that have a lot of energy, for or against them". It was a theme of the game, as Duke attempted 19 more free throws than the Tar Heels, making 33 of 37 attempts.

"It's New York", Duke freshman Harry Giles said.

NEW YORK-Harry Giles had shown rare glimpses of why he was the top recruit in the nation a year ago, with an occasional block or athletic dunk popping up every few games. And he's put it all out there. When our guys have seen that, it's been a lift. Meanwhile, the Devils looked the part of the world beaters they were perceived at when the season started with outstanding games from almost every freshman, including Harry Giles - who came away with a block followed on the other end by a huge dunk. "He's got such a good personality". The Blue Devils are just 7-17-1 against the spread in their last 25 conference games and are 2-5-2 against the number in their last nine games as an underdog despite covering yesterday as a dog.

That's true of Grayson as well.

All three said that the game provided a teaching point that served them in their pursuit and capture of the ACC regular-season title. I said, you might be playing limited minutes. Duke (26-8) then went on a 38-14 binge, a reversal no one saw coming. It's needed time to get everyone comfortable - familiar - on the floor together. They went from a number one ranking and talks of a potential undefeated season to nearly being unranked after dropping three of four games without head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke is back and better than ever.

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