Duke-UNC: Tar Heels Win a Tough One

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2008

On senior night, DeMarcus Nelson and the Blue Devils came out flat and North Carolina took advantage.

The Tar Heels win the ACC regular season title, and they did it by forcing Duke to become a perimeter shooting team, instead of a three point shooting team, for most of the game.  Duke then turned the ball over 10 times which led to Carolina fast break points.

UNC built a double digit lead early and Duke, with one exception, couldn't get anything to drop.  That one exception was junior Greg Paulus, who hit three quick three's to help the Devils close the gap to 11 to end the first half.

Whatever coach K said in the locker room helped Duke come out swinging as they fought back and eventually took the lead.  Duke was able to finally hit some key jumpers and get some second chance points.

But psycho T, Tyler Hansbrough, was too strong as he would get his 32 career double double and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.  Danny Green added 18 points and Wayne Ellington had 16 points, however North Carolina would blow a big lead as Duke lead 68-66 with 5:42 left on the game clock.

But it would be Duke's last basket for game and the Heels would end with a 10-0 run to win 76-68.  The one weird stat in all this, only 21 free throws were taken by both teams and Tyler Hansbrough, who has the most free throws made this season, didn't get to the line once.

Once again, the Tar Heels ruin senior night for the Blue Devils, as Nelson finished 3-12 from the field and had six points.

Up next for both is the ACC tournament in a week.