The sixth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (27-7) looked to be on their way to a win against their rival, the Duke Blue Devils (26-8) by taking a 61-48 lead on a Kennedy Meeks layup with about 13 minutes remaining as they dominated the paint in the game’s first 27 minutes.
But the Blue Devils (26-8) used their 15-2 run highlighted by Grayson Allen knocking down a corner triple and Kennard’s four-point play to pull within two with 10:21 remaining.
Duke defeated North Carolina 93-83 to top the Tar Heels for the sixth time in a row in ACC tournament play. The Blue Devils have a chance to become the first team in ACC tournament history to win the title by winning four games in four days.
Jayson Tatum led the way with 24 points. Allen had 18, while Luke Kennard chipped in 20. Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks scored 19 apiece for the Tar Heels.