Well-Undermanned Duke Falls Courageously at UNC, 79-70

Fourth-ranked Duke fell to #3 UNC in Chapel Hill, 79-70, but must be commended for an amazing fight missing two starters and being well out-shot. Zion Williamson missed a sixth straight game (counting a month ago against the Tar Heels) but the second major injury came yet again against our fellow North Carolinians. Marques Bolden had an awful fall and had to be supported on both sides leaving the arena. The injury looked horrible as we was on the ground for a number of minutes– the med staff as well as Coach K himself caring for him– but he did support himself coming back to join his teammates on the bench.

The fight we saw from this team tonight was magnificent. Cam Reddish had a great game, RJ Barrett played a ton of time with four fouls, and guys really stepped up on the defensive end. Jack White and Javin DeLaurier did excellently in taking over in the paint in the absence of the two main post defenders and combined for 5 blocks. Duke did as much as possible to fight the heck out of the game and you can imagine how different it might have been with Duke at full strength.

In scoring for Duke, RJ led all scorers with 26 and Cam came second with 23. UNC’s Coby White had 21, while seniors Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, and Cam Johnson combined for 53 in their final game in the Dean Dome.

Coach also said after the game that Zion is “expected back” for the ACC Tournament starting Thursday. With the tournament bracket set, Duke will play either Pitt, Boston College, Syracuse in the quarterfinals. As the 3-seed, the Blue Devils clinched a double-bye a while ago.

Bleed blue.

Hey, Duke fans! If facing some UNC fans that want to talk, remember these things:

  1. UNC has not beaten Duke at full strength, and has lost to UVA, which Duke beat twice.
  2. Both of those wins came when Duke had no time to plan for an injury that would seriously affect them.
  3. Both of those injuries were to starters.
  4. Zion Williamson’s average accounts for more than enough to turn around both scores, not even including his defensive efficiency.
  5. Both Zion Williamson and Marques Bolden play the five, adding up to a serious hole in the paint.

As a person going to school with a ton of UNC fans, I come prepared for these things. I got y’all.

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