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Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:25 am  |  15 responses

Duke Rallies to Knock off North Carolina

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

With a 14-point lead over Duke at halftime, it looked like North Carolina would be making a statement to the rest of college basketball that the Tar Heels were back. But that statement would have to wait for another day, as Duke outscored North Carolina 50-30 in the second half for a 79-73 victory.

Leading the charge for the Blue Devils was Nolan Smith, who scored a career-high 34 points, including 22 after intermission, on Wednesday. Reserve guard Seth Curry’s 22 points also helped Duke avoid the upset on its home floor.

The Blue Devils 33 straight wins at home is the longest active win streak in the nation. In fact, North Carolina is the only team in the last 64 games to beat Duke in Durham, doing it twice.

While North Carolina didn’t get the win, it did enough to make the rivalry between the two schools relevant again.

From FoxSports.com:

“You talk about vintage Duke and North Carolina games, that was one of them,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the win.

Just a little different than last season’s 82-50 thrashing in Durham on March 6 in the regular-season finale.

“There’s no question this rivalry is good for the sport,” Singler said.

The two teams will meet again on March 5 in Chapel Hill, potentially with the ACC regular season title on the line. With so much young talent for the Tar Heels, it’s unclear which half of basketball showed the team’s true identity. Nevertheless, this is not last year’s North Carolina team again, and it will be back where it belongs in March.

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  • reald1

    SETH CURRY ALL DAY take ur time den take over

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    Sethh!!! dude was on my Rep team in grade 6 in Toronto… back then he was so good that i thought he was better than Steph

  • Zack

    Seth should have came to UNC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    awwwwwwww yeaaaaaaaaah! Go Duke!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Curry was hitting everything in the second half; dude just couldn’t miss. Barnes could’ve had a bigger impact if he was given more touches, he makes sound decisions and should be at least touching the ball every time down the court. Oh well, they’ll learn.

  • HAMMER

    I was watching the ’95 unc/duke 2OT and the ’92 “bloody montross” games on espn classic yesterday. So I was pumped up 4 last night’s game. And we almost pulled it off. We’ll get there tho very soon. Watch out 4 that @ss duke! Go heels! F*ck duke!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Nolan Smith….thats all I even gotta say. I don’t think there is another player in the nation I got more respect for than that kid. Even Sheed had to get out of his seat and give my dude his propers. Kid is a BALLER….a BALLER, period. nough said

  • tRay

    F*ck UNC!

  • Adrian Zapata

    Seth Curry is better then Nolan Smith. Smith won’t be a good pro, Seth will.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Haha, stupid UNC fans whining cuz Duke whooped thier arses while thier best player was hurt. game wouldn’t have been close is Irving were healthy.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I had no idea there were so many Duke fans on this site. I hate Duke. Glad my Bulls don’t have any dukies on their…oh, sh*t…nevermind.

  • robb

    duke players always underachieve when they become nba players. UNC allthe way

  • HAMMER

    I wouldn’t say the dookies whooped their @sses. My HEELS were the ones that had duke @ss up and smacking that @ss. Duke wasn’t moist enuff 4 my heels 2 finish em off. Either that or duke did the martin lawrence lock maneuver. Haha! Its aiight tho. Its all good. We’ll meet again

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Like I said Irving wasn’t even playing. There is a VERY good chance that Duke wouldn’t have lost a single game yet if he were healthy.

  • HAMMER

    @wayno. Its the ACC. No1 goes undefeated. Don’t get caught up n the hype that the media luvs 2 do. And yes, that goes 4 my heels as well. Any team can lose @ any time. Fact

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