Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr TarHeelIllustrated.com Staff
North Carolina puts a six-game winning streak on the line
against Duke Saturday night in the Dean Dome.
UNC lost to Duke in Durham earlier in the year but came away
from that game a much better team.? Before the game, UNC
Roy Williams inserted
P.J. Hairston into the starting line-up in place of
The move continues to pay off.
UNC is 6-0 since the Duke game and have fully committed to
playing small ball.
They won't look back as the season finale is here and tournament
season is right around the corner.
Duke at a glance Location: Durham, North
Carolina Nickname: Blue Devils Colors: Royal Blue & White Conference: ACC Arena: Cameron Indoor
(9,314) 2011-2012 Record: 27-7
(13-3) Last Game: W 85-57 vs.
Virginia Tech on Mar 5, 2013 in Durham Last Game vs. UNC: W 73-68
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The last time Hairston was held to less than 10 points was when
he had to sit out against Virginia Tech because of a concussion
suffered in the previous game against Boston College.?
The last time Hairston was held to single-digit points during a
game where he stepped on the court was against Maryland on January
Since being placed in the starting five, Hairston is averaging
17.5 PPG.? He dropped 23 on the Blue Devils at Cameron but, he
went up against
Amile Jefferson during that one.? On Saturday, Hairston
will go head-to-head with
Hairston will still get his on the offensive end but will likely
be asked to do more on the defensive end as Kelly looks to stretch
Ryan Kelly was absent for the first match-up with North Carolina
but won't miss this one.
Kelly's return against the conference champion Miami Hurricanes
has been well-documented at this point.? His 36 points had
people comparing (and in some instances, surpassing) Willis Reed's
performance at Madison Square Garden years ago for the New York
Knicks during the NBA Finals.
Kelly wasn't too shabby on senior night for the Blue Devils
either.? He put up 18 points in that one against Virginia Tech.
Kelly's return will free up
Mason Plumlee to potentially do more damage than Plumlee was
able to in the first match-up.
UNC won't have the element of surprise when they run their small
line-up out this time against Duke.? They also won't be able to
swarm Plumlee without risking a kick-out to Kelly, or other Duke
shooters, for a three-pointer.
Strickland has been instilled into a leadership role this year as
the Tar Heels slowly brought along a young team all season.?
Strickland's ability to lead by example was hampered a bit as he
continued to come back from a devastating knee injury.
His explosiveness isn't what it what was but his respect amongst
teammates is unquestioned.
McAdoo flirted with the NBA last season before ultimately
returning and Bullock has been UNC's most consistent player all year
long and could look to make the jump to take advantage of an NBA
Draft most experts agree isn't the strongest.
North Carolina has been developing its younger players all season
and these three players have been instrumental in their development.
They'll certainly be relied upon at least once more as UNC closes
out the regular season.
Duke (26-4, 12-4) vs. North Carolina?
Date: Sat, Mar 9,
2013 Time: 9:00 PM EST Venue:
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) TV:ESPN Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 91/XM 91) Series:?? UNC
leads, 132-103 (UNC is 60-33 vs. the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill,
including 15-12 in the Smith Center.)
Scoring:? Seth Curry (17.0
PPG) Mason Plumlee (17.0 PPG)
? Rebounding:? Mason
Plumlee (10.2 RPG)
Ryan Kelly (5.7 RPG)
? Assists: Quinn Cook (5.3 APG)
Tyler Thornton (2.5 APG)
? Last starting line-up for Duke (against
? F - Ryan Kelly F - Mason Plumlee G - Seth Curry
G - Quinn Cook G - Rasheed Sulaimon