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ACC women's final a Battle of the Blues, again

Posted March 10, 2013

For the eighth time since 1995, the ACC women’s basketball tournament championship game will be a Battle of the Blues as Top-seeded Duke and No. 3 North Carolina will meet in Greensboro Sunday.

Duke (29-2, 17-1 ACC) swept the season series from North Carolina this year, getting a 21-point win in Chapel Hill in February. Their meeting in Durham, however, was closer as Duke played without junior guard Chelsea Gray but managed a seven-point victory.

In getting to the final, UNC (28-5, 14-4 ACC) was tested in a five-point win over Boston College before exacting revenge on No. 2 seeded Maryland who had beat them by 26 the meeting prior. Duke got an early scare from NC State in their tournament opener before pulling away and topped the 4-seed, Florida State, Saturday afternoon.

Even without Gray, UNC should be mindful of Elizabeth Williams who is on a streak of 18 consecutive games against ACC opponent where she has scored in double figures.

Dating back to 1994, at least one of the two teams has been in the final every year but one – last year. Duke holds a 5-3 record against UNC when they meet each other in the championship.

While both teams are assured NCAA Tournament bids, Duke is on the fringe of a No. 1 seed and battling with Notre Dame, UConn, Baylor and Stanford. A win would not guarantee them reaching that echelon, but wouldn’t hurt either. A win would also give Duke 30 wins for the 10th time in the last 13 seasons.

UNC, meanwhile, looks to be in the No. 5 seed range, but with a top-15 national ranking going into Sunday, a win over a top-tier team is likely to boost them.

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  • 903 mens national championships Mar 10, 4:30 p.m.

    This will make Duke 5-0 over UNC this season.

    Sweep the leg.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 10, 4:22 p.m.

    This will make Duke 5-0 over UNC this season.

    Sweep the leg.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    I don't get your latest screen name - what's the significance of "the leg"?

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 10, 4:21 p.m.

    Congrats to the Lady Devils. Coach "P" is doing a great job. To win without a key player is pretty impressive, congrats to all.

  • unc70 Mar 10, 4:18 p.m.

    Congrats to Duke on another win and the WBB ACC Championship.

    And congrats to Carolina for having dispatched Maryland yesterday.

  • kkevin7048 Mar 10, 2:56 p.m.

    Go Duke Ladies !

  • 903 mens national championships Mar 10, 2:50 p.m.

    18-4 run to go up by 15 at the half. Another Duke domination over UNC on the basketball court and another great day to be a Duke fan.

  • uncsuckz Mar 10, 2:11 p.m.

    Without Gray, Duke is mortal. Should be a nail-biter. Duke by 7

  • 903 mens national championships Mar 10, 1:47 p.m.

    This will make Duke 5-0 over UNC this season.

    Sweep the leg.

  • Hokies94 Mar 10, 1:37 p.m.

    This proves that the best women's basketball teams are in the Triad. Great coaches on both teams. Flip a coin on this one. I was impressed in watching Thomas from Maryland play the other night. She plays like a guy.

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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KAN 0
 
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MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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UNC 28
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AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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UMASS 35
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OHIO 21
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UCLA 40
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KSU 3
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BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
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WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
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AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
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Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
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CAL
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14