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North Carolina had a slight lead for a period in the second-half before Pinson hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch.

The turnovers were not confined to a single player, with three Blue Devils coughing it up at least four times.

North Carolina controlled the last 10 minutes of the first half and built a 39-29 at intermission. I think he can get his knee fixed pretty easily.

"College basketball truly resonates in the borough of Brooklyn, and I think the relationship with the ACC in some respects validated us as a destination for college basketball", Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said. After going on a nice six-game winning streak, UNC fell to Miami and Duke.

The Tar Heels now sit on the No. 2 line in the NCAA Tournament according to multiple bracket projections and may have an outside shot at a No. 1 seed with a win over Virginia on Saturday.

You guys be sure and tell Coach Rob I said that.

"I've been here four years".

"It's a big-time game", Pinson said. "Everybody and their mom is going to be watching this game". "Everybody knows that. I'm going to be ready".

"This will be a good time for us to practice and get our minds right", Bagley said, "for this last go-round. You've got to be settled down and just play".

The Blue Devils rank 35th in steals per game (7.5) while the Tar Heels rank 170th (5.6).

The Blue Devils set the tone for their stagnant offensive showing by coming out of the gates at a snail's pace, making just one shot from the field in the first 10 minutes and seven turnovers in that same span. Carolina is 8-2 over its last 10 contests.

Virginia (30-2) dispatched No. 4 seed Clemson 64-48 in Friday's first semifinal and the Cavaliers are playing in their third ACC title game in five seasons.

Duke (26-7), led by Marvin Bagley III's 19 points and 13 rebounds, likely lost its shot at securing a 1-seed on Selection Sunday, but none of the past four national champions has won its conference tournament. So many people were pulling for them because they wanted to see Bonzie Colson in the Tournament. "We look for each other and we're very unselfish".

The best rivalry in the sport, separated by less than 10 miles - but it's a game almost 500 miles away that could give one of them a chance at a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday. "It's a ideal time for us to continue to come together and play at our best".

Both teams have won a game in the season series. Both Berry and Williams were on the championship team last season as well as the second place team from two seasons ago.

The Tar Heels honored Durham, who called North Carolina games for 40 years, by wearing white warm-up shirts that had "Woody" written in black letters across the backs.

Bagley III, just the second player in ACC history to be named ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season, leads the ACC in scoring (21.2) and leads in rebounding (11.4).