A Tobacco Road ClassicCarolina defeats duke on senior night
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A sold out Smith Center saw a senior night to remember. Carolina's 90-83 win over Duke had 24 lead changes, 14 ties, and a little bit of everything. It was the perfect capstone to a terrific regular season including the ACC regular season title and the top seed for the ACC Tournament.
UNC students brought a ton of energy to the risers on court level.
It was the last home game for seniors Nate Britt, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Stilman White, and Kanler Coker.
A special light show during the team's introductions helped to make the night even more memorable. The following video is a 360-degree interactive show.
This is the 15th time since ACC play began in 1954 the Tar Heels posted an undefeated record at home. It was also the 200th ACC win for the Tar Heels in the Smith Center.
The win was the 58th ACC win (regular season and Tournament) for seniors Isaiah Hicks, left, and Nate Britt. That ties the UNC record with Danny Green and Tyler Hansbrough.
Joel Berry II led UNC with 28 points, his second-highest scoring total this year and as a Tar Heel (31 at Clemson).
Carolina shot 50.7 percent from the floor against Duke. UNC is 10-2 this year when it shoots 50 percent from the floor and it was the sixth time this year UNC shot 50 percent from the floor in both halves.
Jordan Brand and the University of North Carolina, two brands with a history of greatness, announced their agreement to expand their partnership to make UNC the second collegiate football program to represent the Jumpman on the gridiron.
Michael Jordan (UNC 1981-1984) was on hand to help make the announcement.
The crowd kept the Smith Center loud throughout the game and the timeouts.
This is the 10th time the Tar Heels have won 14 ACC regular season games and the sixth time they have done it under head coach Roy Williams.
North Carolina leads their series with Duke, 135-109. With a home record of 63-36 in Chapel Hill, including 17-15 in the Smith Center.
A point to remember: in nine of the last ten seasons, the winner of the second Carolina-Duke game has advanced further in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tar Heel bench started to celebrate as time was about to expire.
The Tar Heels now go to Brooklyn as the outright ACC champions, where they will face the winner of Syracuse (a team playing very close to home) and Miami (a team that defeated the Tar Heels during the regular season). In other words, it doesn't get any easier.
Roy Williams: "Winning the league and winning it by two games is something we’ll always be proud of. I think it is the best league. Top to bottom, there’s no other league in the country like it."
It was a great day to be a Tar Heel.
Photos and Video by Jeffrey A. Camarati, Grant Halverson, and John Joyner.