Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/10/13
Score: No. 3 Duke 69, North Carolina 53 Stars: North Carolina: P.J. Hairston 14 Pts, 6 Reb. Duke: Mason Plumlee 23 Pts, 13 Reb. Story: Carolina had its six-game winning streak snapped by a well-rounded Duke team. Both teams had already locked up the third and second seeds, respectively, in the ACC Tournament but major bragging rights were on the line in one of the biggest rivalries in sports. Everyone on the Tar Heels struggled to find their rhythm, including leading scorer James Michael McAdoo who led the team with 15 points on 6-14 shooting. Duke’s two most reliable options, Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, played exceptionally well, scoring 23 and 20 points respectively.  The Blue Devils came out on fire, starting on a 14-0 run. Most notably, Seth Curry started 7-7 from the field and had 18 huge first half points. UNC only shot 27.3% in the first half, compared to Duke’s red hot 69.2%. Sadly, for Carolina fans, the second half didn’t offer much encouragement. Duke kept its stranglehold on the game, and never let UNC get within single digits. The Tar Heels usually rely heavily on the three-ball, but were only able to manage 1-14 shooting from behind the arc for the game, with the lone make coming with five minutes left in the game. UNC finished the game shooting 33.9% whereas the Blue Devils finished with a strong 55.1%. UNC finishes the season 12-6 in the ACC while Duke finishes at 14-4 in conference play and 27-4 overall. Carolina hopes for a rematch next Saturday if both the Heels and the Blue Devils can beat their first opponents in the ACC Tournament.  Duke 42, UNC 24 at half. Seth Curry has eight made field goals; North Carolina has nine. #DUKEvUNC — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 10, 2013 “Call the fire chief.” – @dickiev on Seth Curry’s first half performance. — ESPN (@espn) March 10, 2013 It’s Senir Night at North Carlina #MissingTheO — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 10, 2013 UNC’s 18-point halftime deficit is its second-largest this season. Heels trailed N.C. State by 19 in Raleigh at the break. — InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 10, 2013 We are taking horrible shots, so are they but they’re making em — T.J. Yates (@TJ_Yates) March 10, 2013 Hairston, Bullock and Paige have combined to shoot 0 for 11 in the first half. — Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 10, 2013 Duke w/ R kelly healthy is playing like the best team in the country. Granted they’re not in the #Big10 but 18-0 w/ Kelly is hard 2 debate. — Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 10, 2013
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