When North Carolina and Duke have their second regular-season meeting on March 3, the Tar Heels might still be trying to comprehend what happened in the final two minutes Wednesday night in a stunning 85-84 loss to the rival Blue Devils.
With 2:09 remaining on the Tar Heels' home floor, they led 82-72.
And 2:09 later, Duke's players were piled up on the floor celebrating in front of a sell-out crowd that was stunned silent.
In that stretch, UNC didn't record a field-goal attempt, turned the ball over twice and had Tyler Zeller go 2 of 4 from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, Duke went 5 of 6 from the floor. Three of those makes were from 3-point range, and the lone miss turned into a baseline jumper by Ryan Kelly off of an offensive rebound.
And, of course, there was the dagger to end all daggers provided by Austin Rivers as time expired, giving Duke its first lead of the second half.
In the end, the game could be deemed a classic. It was up-and-down, intense and exciting the entire way. But it also exposed flaws on both sides that could limit both Duke and North Carolina down the road.
On the Carolina side, it yet again brought into question just what kind of killer instinct the Tar Heels have to go with all of that talent at their disposal. Frankly, there was no excuse for letting that lead disappear.Read More »from Duke-North Carolina instant classic also saw both sides’ flaws get exposed