(DURHAM, N.C.) — It was sweet revenge for North Carolina (27-4) on Saturday night. The last time they met Duke, Austin Rivers nailed a three-pointer in the last second to hand them a crushing loss.
But on Saturday night, Tar Heels’ guard Kendall Marshall would not let Duke (26-5) get the best of his team again. He led his team to an 88-70 win on the road, dropping in 20 points and dishing out 10 assists.
“It left a bad taste in our mouths,” Marshall said of Rivers’ three-pointer the last time these two teams met, “and we wanted to be able to come out and play well today.”
Five guys were in double figures for North Carolina. Tyler Zeller added 19 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
“This is about as sweet as it gets, there is no question,” said head coach Roy Williams. “I thought we really attacked and our guys really made some big plays.”
For the second straight year, North Carolina claimed the ACC Title.
“They were terrific, we were overwhelmed in the first half,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “They played just beautiful basketball, they’re a great team.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN