North Carolina and Tyler Hansbrough Have a Happy Senior Day Beating Duke

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2009


North Carolina secured first place in the ACC today as they knocked off the Duke Blue Devils, who are now second, 79-71.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points and 8 rebounds today in his final home game. With his family, countless UNC fans, and Michael Jordan all in attendance for that game, he must be a happy man. He was named Chevrolet Player of the Game, along with Duke's Jon Scheyer who had 24 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals on 7-7 shooting.

It was a close game all the way through as there was seven lead changes. North Carolina's biggest lead was 10, while Duke's was a three-point lead back in the first half. Along with Hansbrough's 17 points, North Carolina had four other players in double figures. Ty Lawson almost had a triple-double with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Scheyer led Duke with 24 points, and Kyle Singler had 23, but Duke still came up short as they only had five players who scored. That was the difference in this game: North Carolina had five players in double figures; Duke only had five that even got a basket. And for one of those players, Lance Thomas, it only was one basket as he finished with two points.

Had Duke won that game, they would have been tied with UNC as the top seed in the ACC. Since UNC won, they are first, and Duke is currently second. With that win, I think it's safe to say that UNC has locked up a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, and Duke only has a very slight chance at it—even if they win the ACC tournament.