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Duke, which hit 13 3-pointers, led for the final 31 minutes of the game.
By Heather Dinich
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils
boarded their team bus Wednesday like they usually do for road games, but this trip was a little different.
They left at 7 p.m.
They arrived at 7:15 p.m.
"It kind of felt like a home game, in a way," freshman guard Nolan Smith
And that's exactly how comfortable the Blue Devils made themselves in the sold-out, floor-shaking, Carolina-blue Smith Center. There were times when the noise was deafening, but Duke, unfazed by the pressure of the defense, let the 3-pointers fly and forced the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels
to play from behind most of the game en route to an 89-78 win.
The Tar Heels (21-2, 6-2 ACC), playing without injured point guard Ty Lawson
, were the ones who looked out of sorts without their third-leading scorer in the mix. Still, they had practiced as if Lawson wouldn't play, and Tyler Hansbrough
said he was so hyped for this game he told his strength coach he thought he might be too excited.
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By Tim Griffin
Special to ESPN.com
On Wednesday, Tech's coach was still was wearing the familiar sweater vest with the advertisement across his chest hyping a regional auto-parts company. But that was about the only similarity that could be found when comparing Pat Knight to his predecessor.
The younger Knight brought a pressing defense and employed a 3-2 zone defense less than five minutes into the game -- along with the unexpected levity in his pre-game speech.
Even those coaching wrinkles couldn't trump talent. Baylor took advantage of Tech's weak interior game to post a grinding 80-74 victory that ruined Knight's coaching debut.
"So much pressure was placed on the game that I wanted to make it light for those guys," Knight said. "Every time you turned on the TV, something was on about it. I wanted to lessen the pressure around the game."
Knight made no apologies for the drastic alteration compared to the coaching strategies of his father. He said he consulted his father and used some of the ideas that Bob Knight might have thought about but was unwilling to try.
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By Jason McCallum
beat North Carolina 89-78 thanks to 13-for-29 shooting (44.8 percent) from long range Wednesday night. In the last 10 seasons, Duke has shot better than 40 percent from long distance eight times -- and the Blue Devils are 8-0 in those games.
• Duke and North Carolina
play each other twice during the regular season, and they always face off in the final game. In seasons that end in an even-numbered year, Duke hosts the Senior Night game. But recently, the Devils have feasted on the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill during those seasons. The Blue Devils have won five straight visits to Chapel Hill in even-numbered seasons.
• Greg Paulus
made a career-high six 3-pointers in the win over the Tar Heels. He shot 6-for-8 and scored 18 points. In his previous four career games against North Carolina, Paulus was a combined 4-for-17 from long distance.
• Tyler Hansbrough
scored 28 points and had 18 rebounds in the loss to Duke. Prior to Sunday's overtime win over Florida State, Hansbrough had never recorded more than 18 rebounds in any of his 90 career games. In the last two games, he's had 21 and 18, respectively.
• Hansbrough's 28 points moved him past Michael Jordan
and into 11th place on North Carolina's all-time scoring list. Hansbrough now has 1,794 points in 92 games. Jordan had 1,788 career points in 101 games.
• The Tar Heels
were 28-for-69 (40.6 percent) from the floor Wednesday night. North Carolina has shot less than 41 percent from the floor in 38 conference games over the last 10 seasons. Seven of those games have come against Duke, and the Blue Devils are 6-1 in those games. Only Wake Forest has had more defensive success against Carolina over that stretch, holding the Tar Heels less than 41 percent shooting eight times. The Demon Deacons are 7-1 vs. the Tar Heels in those games.
beat Syracuse 63-61 at the Carrier Dome. In 20 previous meetings over the last 10 seasons, the Huskies had scored 63 or fewer points five times against the Orange, and the Orange had won all five of those meetings. The last time Connecticut scored 63 points against Syracuse and won the game was on Jan. 24, 1998, in a 63-54 win at Syracuse.
• Michael Beasley
had 35 points and 13 rebounds in Kansas State's 74-59 win over Nebraska. It was his 18th double-double of the season -- four shy of the record for a Division I freshman. Carmelo Anthony had 22 double-doubles as a freshman in 2002-03 at Syracuse. But Anthony only had three games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. Wednesday was Beasley's eighth game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.
• Shawn James
of Duquesne had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots for his fifth career triple-double in the Dukes' 102-88 win over Saint Joseph's. The five triple-doubles is the most by any active player in Division I. In fact, Terrence Williams
of Louisville is the only other active player who has two triple-doubles in his career.
• Davidson's Stephen Curry
scored a Division I-high 36 points Wednesday in the Wildcats' 74-64 win over Elon. It is the third time in his career he's scored at least that many points, and Davidson is 3-0 in those games.