College basketball: North Carolina rallies past Walker, Miami

Updates with new lead. The Blue Devils had been clicking on all cylinders for the past month, switching to a zone defense and getting more consistent point guard play.

Duke's Trevon Duval drives against North Carolina's Joel Berry II during Friday night's ACC semifinal.

"Coach said yesterday in practice we're such an unselfish team he doesn't really have to worry about us moving the ball", Pinson said. Everybody and their mama is going to be watching the game tomorrow. "I should be ready though".

The Miami Hurricanes led 14-0 seven minutes into the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, and it looked for a moment like they would have a repeat performance against North Carolina.

Duke's 100 wins and.694 winning percentage are the best of any league team.

Duke has yielded the second-fewest points among major conference teams since February 10 (Virginia, 54.2). We think both teams will probably fare a bit better this March. It was the second straight ACC Tournament night the Tar Heels had trouble finding the basket.

Duke's stars Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III seem to be coming together at the right time. Past year at this time the same schools met in the same game.

Theo Pinson isn't struggling. We just can't let it happen.

The No. 24 Hurricanes (22-8) have won four consecutive games by a total of eight points, including a road victory over the No. 12 Tar Heels on a Ja'Quan Newton last-second 3-point shot on February 27 at Chapel Hill, N.C.

Pinson scored 10 points in 3 1/2 minutes of the second half, including a corner 3 to make it 69-63 with 4:25 left.

The former co-host of "ACC Nation", a syndicated radio show that ran for four years, ending in 2007, Chris is now a contributor to "The Mark Moses Show" on 95.9-The Fan in Melbourne, Fla.

Carolina needed all it could get from Pinson. But Allen's forced three-point attempt never found iron - say what you will about Allen, but he too forced the action and you had to respect that he has spent four years pulling triggers in a rain of boos.

North Carolina averages 42.9 rebounds per game, which ranks first in the NCAA.

It will be Berry's final conference game of his career with one more chance to add to his total. His thunderous slam brought the UNC fans in attendance to their feet and pushed the Tar Heels' lead back to six.

"It's a new team, new faces", said freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV, who made the ACC All-Rookie team. Against UNC, they shot a combined 7 for 25. He returned five minutes later after a brief trip to the locker room. Syracuse was only able to come within nine points of the Tar Heels.

Krzyzewski said after the game that X-rays were negative. "I just mentally tried to block it out and just forget about it and play the best that I can play".

No. 1 seed Virginia plays No. 3 Clemson in the first semifinal. Johnson made three free throws to put the Heels up 32-31.

The Blue Devils rank 35th in steals per game (7.5) while the Tar Heels rank 170th (5.6).

"Our expectation is to win", Walker said. That's going into the tournament.

  • Leroy Wright