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UNC Crushes Duke In Chapel Hill, 91-73

Nothing but a whoopin

Duke v North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 06: Garrison Brooks #15 of the North Carolina Tar Heels posts up against Mark Williams #15 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half of their game at Dean E. Smith Center on March 06, 2021 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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One of the, if not the foundational moments in the history of Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Basketball program was after Ralph Sampson’s Virginia team beat Duke by 43 in the ACC Tournament.

The staff and several people around the program were out for a meal when Johnny Moore offered “here’s to forgetting tonight.”

Coach’s K’s famous response: “here’s to never forgetting tonight.”

We hope his current team gets that lesson reiterated after the regular season finale in Chapel Hill because UNC just took it to Duke in every way possible and although Duke played UNC basically even in the second half, it wasn't enough to overcome a 16 point halftime deficit, much less the overall poor play that characterized Duke’s effort.

Duke was just beaten in nearly every facet of the game, particularly in the first half, and there’s no sugarcoating it. The only chance Duke has to get to the NCAA tournament now is to win the ACC Tournament and since the Blue Devils finished 10th, that means no byes, which means that Duke would have to beat a suddenly tougher Boston College, Louisville and Florida State - just to get to Friday’s game.

Nothing’s impossible but that’s a tough path.

Jim will be along soon with his take.

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Player Of The Game vs. UNC

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  • 2%
    Wendell Moore
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    Matthew Hurt
    (9 votes)
  • 40%
    Mark Williams
    (172 votes)
  • 15%
    DJ Steward
    (66 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremy Roach
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Keenan Worthington
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Henry Coleman
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Jaemyn Brakefield
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Joey Baker
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Patrick Tapé
    (29 votes)
  • 13%
    Mike Savarino
    (57 votes)
  • 6%
    Mike Buckmire
    (29 votes)
  • 3%
    Jordan Goldwire
    (13 votes)
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