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11 March, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Joan Malone
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North Carolina's argument would be very straightforward if it beats Virginia.

For this level of success to keep going, Tar Heel point guard Joel Berry knows his team will have to stay strong on the defensive end in future games all the way through the final buzzer. BIG PICTURE North Carolina: A night after Duke earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory, the Tar Heels did the same and put themselves in position to earn a 19th conference championship.

North Carolina found something it could do well against Duke and stuck with it for as long as it could Friday.

North Carolina won despite a really sloppy final few minutes where nearly all of their double-digit leads evaporated.

In the game's outset, the Blue Devils' energy source, senior Grayson Allen, lit up the floor, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes as Notre Dame stumbled trying to break through Duke's zone defense. They were No. 51 in KenPom ratings before playing North Carolina.

The Blue Devils rank 13th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Tar Heels rank 198th in blocks allowed per game (4.8). "We're fine; we're going to get through this". Berry is now averaging 17.3 points per game along with 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

While plenty has changed in the men's basketball landscape since then, Virginia's stingy defense hasn't, which leads to a bit of concern for the Tar Heels. It was the second straight ACC Tournament night the Tar Heels had trouble finding the basket.

Saturday will mark the third ACC Tournament matchup between Duke and UNC in the last eight years.

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Sophomore guard Kyle Guy has scored 34 points in two ACC Tournament games this week, which matches the total number of points he had in his last five regular-season games combined.

In each of its games at Barclays Center, Tony Bennett's squad held its opponent to 58 points. He missed nine of 10 tries from 3-point range.

Virginia's defensive efficiency comes from its tenacious work rate, with everyone involved in the silencing the opposition's star players.

"That's pretty doggone impressive there", Williams said of his team's sharing of the ball.

Virginia: Reached 30 wins for the fourth time in school history and improved to 7-1 against Clemson in the ACC Tournament, though this was their first meeting since 2004.

In order for the Cavaliers to stop the red-hot North Carolina offense, it must smother the three-point line and give little space to Maye and others in the paint.

Diakite came off the bench to score 10 points in Friday's semifinal win over Clemson, while Wilkins is a jack of all trades.

BC-BKC-T25-ACC-North Carolina-Duke, 6th Ld-Writethru, 977North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title gameAP Photo NYJJ119, NYJJ118, NYJJ117, NYJJ125, NYJJ124, NYJJ123, NYJJ121, NYJJ120, NYJJ130, NYJJ136, NYJJ137, NYJJ132, NYJJ135Eds: No. 12 North Carolina 74, No. 5 Duke 69. Berry II leads UNC in scoring with 17.1 points per game while Pinson leads the Tar Heels in assists with 4.8 assists per game and Made leads North Carolina in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 17.1 points to go along with his team-leading 10.2 rebounds per game this season.

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