The No. 3 Duke Blue Devils defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels in a rout on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, 69-53.
A loss was in the cards for the Tar Heels from the opening minutes of this game as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead that quickly silenced the crowd at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Duke remained in control throughout the game as North Carolina just couldn't seem to get consecutive stops to climb its way back into the game. Furthermore, the Tar Heels just could not make their shots with any kind of consistency at all. The Blue Devils played stifling defense.
As a whole, the Tar Heels shot a dreadful 34 percent from the field and made only one of 14 three-pointers on the evening. On the flip side, the Blue Devils shot 55 percent from the field and 33 percent from long range.
The difference in those numbers alone was the deciding factor in this contest.
Much of the talk before this game was about North Carolina's small lineup filled with guards and how Duke would match up with it. The Blue Devils, however, didn't have much of an issue there.
Not only did Seth Curry torch the Tar Heels from the outside for 20 points, but Mason Plumlee dominated on the inside with 23 points and 13 rebounds. With or without size, the Tar Heels couldn't match what the Blue Devils were putting on the floor at any time in this game.
The Blue Devils are now 18-0 when Ryan Kelly is on the floor.
ESPN Stats & Info is great at foreshadowing, and proved it with this tweet:
Rapper Shawn Chrystopher gave a good reason why not to like the Blue Devils after this game:
i would hate duke too if north carolina was my team.— Shawn Chrystopher (@shawnchrys) March 10, 2013
ESPNU host and comedian Reese Waters didn't stick around long to find out how this game would end:
Just turned on Duke/North Carolina. Just turned off Duke/North Carolina.— Sir Reese Waters (@reesewaters) March 10, 2013
The Not Bill Walton Twitter page knew exactly how to get the Tar Heels back in it:
Duke is absolutely destroying UNC. At this point only one player can turn this around for North Carolina: Kobe Bryant.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) March 10, 2013
ESPNU's Reese Waters also has an opinion on the Big East breakup and compares it to the UNC-Duke showdown: