Things weren't looking good for the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils in their matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but the Blue Devils were able to overcome a deficit en route to a home victory in Durham on Wednesday night, 73-68.
A loss for the Blue Devils at the hands of the Tar Heels would have been devastating considering that North Carolina is unranked this season. It would have been Duke's first loss of that nature during the 2012-13 campaign.
North Carolina gained an early lead in this contest and went into the second half up 33-29.
The Tar Heels would maintain that lead for the majority of this game, and it wasn't until nearly seven minutes into the second half that the Blue Devils took their first lead of the game thanks to a Quinn Cook layup.
After finally staking itself to an advantage, Duke would never relinquish it, thus completing an impressive comeback win.
Not only did the Blue Devils have to overcome a deficit, but they also had to emerge victorious in what was a sloppy game. Duke committed 17 total turnovers, and 11 of those came from the team's starting guards.
On top of that, Duke had to deal with foul troubles as Cook, Mason Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry each had four fouls. That should have affected this team's defensive effort, but that proved to be false.
Duke had a much better showing in the second half on the defensive end. As a result, the Tar Heels weren't getting easy buckets anymore and instead had to settle for difficult jump shots.
Another adjustment head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team made at the half was sharing the ball.
Duke only had three assists in the first half but totaled six in the second. For a team that isn't very good one-on-one, this particular adjustment was an important part of Duke's second half.
Nothing seemed to go right for the Blue Devils in this game, but that didn't matter. They continued to fight when things looked bleak, and it ended up paying off. This win showed an incredibly important trait for any team with national championship aspirations: resiliency.
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