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North Carolina upsets Duke 81-77, will play Kansas for championship

North Carolina will face No. 1 Kansas on Monday night time in New Orleans; tip-off is at 9:20 ET. In Saturday’s first Last 4 sport, the Jayhawks defeated No. 2 Villanova, 81-65.  

Caleb Love led the best way for the Tar Heels, scoring a game-high 28 factors, together with three three-pointers. Love’s 28-point effort matches essentially the most factors scored in a Last 4 sport by a North Carolina participant since James Worthy posted 28 factors in 1982.

Three extra North Carolina starters completed in double figures; R.J. Davis had 18 factors, Brady Manek scored 14 factors, and Armando Bacot completed with 11 factors. 

Duke’s Paolo Banchero had a team-high 20 factors to guide the Blue Devils, whereas Trevor Keels scored 19 factors off the bench within the loss. 

North Carolina and Duke performed a good first half, buying and selling baskets till halftime. The half noticed 5 lead modifications, with neither workforce main by greater than six factors forward of halftime. 

The Blue Devils held a slim three-point benefit on the half, 37-34.  

Duke took a seven-point lead early within the second half, 41-34, earlier than North Carolina went on a run. The Tar Heels held Duke scoreless for greater than three minutes, from 18:54 to fifteen:43, occurring a 13-0 run and breaking out to a 47-41 lead. 

Duke would rebound, briefly taking the lead again with simply over 12 minutes left within the second half. The 2 groups continued to be neck-and-neck, with 11 lead modifications within the ultimate 12:21 of the sport. 

Two Davis free throws for North Carolina with 1:01 to go gave the Tar Heels a 75-74 benefit. After Duke’s Mark Williams missed two free throws, Love hit an enormous three-pointer to place North Carolina forward, 78-74 with 28 seconds left. 

Keels was fouled with 11 seconds to go, and Duke trailing 79-76. Keels made the primary free throw, however the second try missed and was rebounded by Love, who was instantly fouled. Love made two clutch free throws with solely eight seconds left to seal the 81-77 victory.

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