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March 8, 2013

Duke - UNC Capsule

Basketball Preview

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 Head Coach Roy Williams inserted P.J. Hairston into the starting line-up in place of Desmond Hubert.

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 Stadium (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 on Feb 13, 2013 in Durham
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P.J. Hairston

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 19.

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 Ryan Kelly.

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 the court.

Ryan Kelly

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.

Senior Night

Senior night ceremonies will take place before Saturday night's game, meaning UNC will say goodbye to Dexter Strickland and Frank Tanner.

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.

North Carolina could also be putting James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock on the court for the last time.

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 (22-8, 11-5)

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.)

2012-2013 ACC Standings

North Carolina

Head Coach - Roy Williams (279-76 at UNC; 697-177 overall)

Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today: NR, RPI: 18

Last starting line-up for North Carolina (against Maryland)

F - Jame Michael McAdoo
G/F - Reggie Bullock
G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland

G - Marcus Paige

Stats

(Team)

Points: 77.8 PPG (15th overall)

Rebounds: 39.8 RPG (11th overall)

Assists: 17.6 APG (2nd overall)

Field goal percentage: .446 (104th overall)

(Individual)

Scoring: James Michael McAdoo (14.6 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.4 PPG)

Rebounding: James Michael McAdoo (7.8 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.4 RPG)

Assists: Marcus Paige (4.5 APG) Dexter Strickland (4.1 APG)

Duke

Head Coach - Mike Krzyzewski (880-238 at Duke; 953-297 overall)

Rankings - AP: 3, USA Today: 4, RPI: 1

Stats

(Team)

Points: 78.7 (7th overall)

Rebounds: 34.1 (203rd overall)

Assists: 14.9 (48th overall)

Field goal percentage: .476 (18th overall)

(Individual)

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 Virginia Tech)

F - Ryan Kelly
F - Mason Plumlee
G - Seth Curry
G - Quinn Cook

G - Rasheed Sulaimon




 

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