The Tar Heels are the Blue Devils match in this peripheral. Even with Duke heading into the ACC Tournament title game, Blue Devils legend Christian Laettner had doubts about how Williamson would play, with Laettner fearing fatigue would get to Williamson. "They were trying to penetrate and kick out or finish at the rim, and they got to the paint a lot, and that bothers us, and it's very repetitive, but we'll watch the tape and we'll be better from it".
"These two guys have an awesome will to win", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Williamson and Barrett, "and it makes us coaches look a lot better". "The second half of the conference season, I would think our record's probably about as good as anybody's".
Kentucky is the favorite among the No. 2 seeds, but marks a dramatic increase in odds from the top seeds at 14/1.
Keyshawn Woods scored 18, Kaleb Wesson added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ohio State hung on to beat IN in the second round.
Before tripping, it appeared that Little might be open inside.
Until they momentarily took their foot off the gas.
Those new shoes may have not have helped Williamson on the court Thursday night but they certainly didn't hurt him, as he went 13-for-13 from the field.
"We didn't really have time to get it where we wanted to get it, the screen where we wanted to get the screen, because of time".
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The insane thing, though, is that none of that seemed particularly likely just a week ago. A White 3-pointer from the left corner halted the Louisville momentum and sent the Tar Heels on to an 11-2 spurt of their own over the next 5:20 to re-establish the double-digit lead into halftime.
"What I've learned along the way is not to be satisfied, not to rationalize, " he said, "Because in these tough moments, rationalization can be the biggest opponent that you have at times".
But at least the Eagles can say they're dancing. "So we locked in and got stops down the stretch". Barrett played 40 minute, and added 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting.
Williamson averaged 27 points per game and 10 rebounds during the ACC Tournament.
After the break, the UNC lead was an uneasy one, teetering from six to 13 points for more than 10 minutes in the second half. They kept believing in me, coaches kept believing in me and kept telling me just keep going, keep taking my shot. "But he is making much better decisions". It's just attack, attack, attack. "You just want to win". Along with the OVC and A-10, the Mountain West and West Coast Conference also had two selections.
The Seminoles were horrific to start off ACC play, just winning one of its first five games, with losses to Pittsburgh and Boston College. Ashton Hagans made a driving layup to cut the lead to 80-78 with four seconds remaining, but Bone sank two more free throws with 2.4 seconds left.
There was never a doubt within the program that Williamson would not only return when he was cleared by the training staff and coaches, but return with a fire built up from his time spent on the sideline. Zion looked fully recovered from his sprained knee Thursday night, however, soaring through the air for one of the most remarkable games in his brief collegiate history in Duke's 84-72 win over Syracuse.
"We came out early and punched them in the mouth", Maye said. "I only care about how our team does".