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CHARLOTTE — Duke and North Carolina have by no means performed each and every different in a Ultimate 4. It could be becoming if that is the 12 months it in spite of everything occurs as a result of after 3 video games, who wouldn’t need extra of this? 

In a 40-minute observe meet that doubled as an ACC event semifinal, Zion Williamson’s presence allowed Duke to show the tables after a couple of standard season defeats and advance to play Florida State in Saturday night time’s championship sport.

Tapping in his personal leave out with 31 seconds left to offer Duke the lead, the Blue Devils hung on 74-73 after North Carolina guard Coby White ignored a Three-pointer and a put-back would not pass on the buzzer. 

With Williamson scoring 31 issues and grabbing 11 rebounds after lacking all however 30 seconds of the primary two conferences with North Carolina because of harm, Duke virtually unquestionably clinched a No. 1 seed within the NCAA event.

It didn’t come simple for Duke, which looked as if it would take keep watch over of the sport halfway via the second one part, most effective to fall in the back of 71-67 with 2:46 last. From there, then again, Williamson took over on each ends, scoring 5 of the sport’s ultimate seven issues and changing two North Carolina pictures close to the rim within the last mins. 

Duke survived regardless of an inefficient sport from its different learners stars, as R.J. Barrett made simply Five-of-15 pictures (2-of-Nine from Three-point vary) and ignored two loose throws within the last seconds that gave North Carolina a possibility to win. Cam Reddish was once in large part a non-factor, scoring six issues with 5 turnovers. 

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In a sport that illustrated how other Duke is when Williamson is at the court docket, the Blue Devils trailed by way of as many as 13 issues early till Williamson scored seven directly, sparking a run that at last tied the sport at 44 going into halftime.

North Carolina (27-6) will pass into the NCAA event upset that an ACC name slipped from its snatch however taking some solace in how shut it got here whilst making simply Four-of-27 from the Three-point line — particularly if it finally ends up assembly Duke once more in Minneapolis.

North Carolina may nonetheless probably dangle directly to a most sensible seed in keeping with its robust efficiency Friday. With the Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Virginia, the ACC may finally end up with 3 of the 4 No. 1 seeds relying on how the NCAA event variety committee perspectives Gonzaga and the winners of the Giant Ten and SEC tournaments. 

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