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CHARLOTTE – Duke and North Carolina have never played each other in the Final Four. It would be good if this is the year that finally happens because after three games, who would not want more than that?
In a 40-minute race that doubled as the semi-final of the ACS tournament, Zion Williamson's presence allowed Duke to turn the tables after a couple of regular seasonal defeats and pre-play Florida on Saturday's championship Saturday
. in his own Miss with the remaining 31 seconds to give Duke a lead, the blue devils held on 74-73 after North Carolina's Kobe White missed a 3-pointer and could not go back to the buzzer.
With Williamson scored 31 points and took 11 rebounds after missing all 30 seconds of the first two encounters with North Carolina due to injury, Duke has almost certainly won seed number one in the NCAA tournament.
It was not easy for Duke, who seemed to take control of match in the middle of the second half, only to lag 71-67 with the remaining 2:46. From there, however, Williamson took both ends by scoring five of the last seven points in the match and changing two North Carolina pictures near the edge in the closing minutes.
The duke survives despite ineffective play from other freshmen, such as R.J. Barrett made only 5 out of 15 shots (2 out of 9 in the 3-point range) and missed two free kicks in the last few seconds, allowing North Carolina to win. Cam Reddish was largely a non-factor who scored six points with five turnovers. Opinion: Virginia shows little evidence that this March will be different from past failures Selection Sunday ]
In a game that illustrates how different Duke is when Williamson is on the field, the Blue Devils held up 13 points early, while Williamson scored seven consecutive, causing a run that finally knocked the game
North Carolina -6) will enter the NCAA tournament disappointed that the ACC title has sneaked from his grip but is comforted at how close he is to ego while making only 4 out of 27 from the 3-point line – especially if it ends up again with Duke in Minneapolis.
North Carolina can still potentially keep top seed on the basis of its strong performance on Friday. With Tar Heels, Blue Devils and Virginia, ACC can finish with three of the four No. 1 seeds, depending on how the NCAA tournament selection committee sees Gonzaga and the Big Ten and SEC tournament winners.