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Jeff Gravley

UNC must get through Duke to claim ACC Tournament title

Posted March 12, 2013

Unless your league only gets one NCAA bid or you are on the tournament bubble, conference tournaments don't carry the weight that they used to.

"I do still want to win the dadgum thing," Roy Williams told the media Monday as he prepares his Tar Heels for the ACC Tournament.

  Williams: I think we have more experience

The Heels enter as the third seed and will open play in the 9:30 game Friday night against Clemson or Florida State. Carolina had a 3-0 record against the Tigers and Noles combined.

After that, Carolina could face a rematch with Duke just one week after the Blue Devils beat the Heels by 16. Tar Heel players said about how they got away from the formula that led to the six-game winning streak that they took into the Duke game.

From my viewpoint at the game, they let Duke's early success get to them. You could see it in their body language, and that was something we saw from the Heels early in the year.

But Williams feels this team, with what they have been through, is better equipped to respond to losses and adversity. 

It's a tough draw that Carolina would have to play Duke in the ACC semifinals. The Blue Devils have beaten the Heels twice this season and Mason Plumlee has had a field day in both games. He is a combined 16 for 28 shooting, scoring 18 and 23 points. Plumlee has also pulled down 24 rebounds in the two wins. 

Does Carolina have the horses to win the ACC tournament? Absolutely. Especially if they could find a way to make it to Sunday and if their opponent is Miami or Virginia, Greensboro will turn light blue. If the Tar Heels were to face NC State in the ACC title game, they would have the advantage of an extra day's rest, facing a Wolfpack team playing their fourth straight day. 

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  • tlg0022 Mar 13, 1:32 p.m.

    tarhole fans better take a chill pill before they start celebrating just yet. They thought when... View More

    — Posted by JohnnyVoodoo

    Like it or not, you are a "tarhole" yourself. You live in the "tarhole"... View More

    — Posted by ayby0611

    Yeah UNC fans just yell at Maryland players to go back to the ghetto..

  • Tunaboy Mar 13, 8:55 a.m.

    last time I looked Miami was playing in the tournament also and they're not chopped liver ...

  • ayby0611 Mar 13, 8:40 a.m.

    tarhole fans better take a chill pill before they start celebrating just yet. They thought when... View More

    — Posted by JohnnyVoodoo

    Like it or not, you are a "tarhole" yourself. You live in the "tarhole" state. At least UNC fans don't mock a young man whose grandmother just died while he is shooting free throws. We may be "tarholes" but fans like you are what comes out of them. lol

  • TJPC Mar 13, 8:25 a.m.

    Gunny, if a cinderella wins, it could knock carolina out of a potential at large bid. :)

    — Posted by MoDuke v2 is gone

    Nice try - but not a chance. Depending on what UNC does in the ACC Tourney, they could be as high as a 5 or 6 and as low as an 8 or 9. Get your head out of the sand and don't be such a hater.

  • littleriver69 Mar 13, 8:14 a.m.

    Better think Florida State or Clemson first. UNC won't make it pass Duke.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Mar 13, 7:55 a.m.

    tarhole fans better take a chill pill before they start celebrating just yet. They thought when the Blue Devils came to the Dean Dome that it was gonna be payback time and the nation saw on national television how that worked out for the tarholes. Then again, that's typical of tarhole fans...they talk chit and when they suffer a beatdown, they're nowhere to be found ..until NC State loses one ..then they play the deflection card and wanna talk smack about the Pack instead of their own az whuppin'....*lol*

  • jacamoe Mar 13, 7:32 a.m.

    Seems a lot of Duke and Unc fans are overlooking opponents before they can even match up. Careful what you overlook. My team has made the same mistake during the regular season and it hurts, ouch!!!! Go Wolfpack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ugottabkiddinme Mar 12, 10:52 p.m.

    Carolina will have to beat FSU to get to Duke. Tarheel fan it may not happen.

    — Posted by swray001

    dook will have to beat Maryland to get to the Heels...that may not happen

  • swray001 Mar 12, 9:06 p.m.

    Carolina will have to beat FSU to get to Duke. Tarheel fan it may not happen.

  • 4tarheels Mar 12, 8:32 p.m.

    Good luck with all that UNC. LOL

    It is called the Duke Invitational for a reason.
    Duke has won 10... View More

    — Posted by Brackettville

    I agree. Duke owns the ACC tourney, at least as long as K is coaching.

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