The titans of ACC basketball will clash today to determine a champion. North Carolina will play Duke at 7 p.m. (ESPN) at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and for the second consecutive season, and the seventh overall, the ACC's outright regular-season title is at stake in a finale between the two. The winner will take the title and the No. 1 seed in next week's ACC tournament. The loser will be the No. 2 seed. The outcome could also help the winner land a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament.
ACC heavyweights Duke, North Carolina to tangle tonight
The Winston-Salem Journal
In the days after Austin Rivers' buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Duke a one-point victory over North Carolina at the Smith Center, UNC sophomore Kendall Marshall understood when TV broadcasts would replay the shot over and over.
Because it was such a big moment, he was even okay with seeing it on other ACC games not involving Duke or UNC. But when he switched to a Big 10 game and once again was confronted with Rivers' shot, he decided it was time to get away from college basketball.
Tar Heels want 2nd shot vs. Duke, this one for title
The Durham Herald-Sun
So the day before the two teams meet again in Durham with the ACC's regular-season title in the balance, Zeller sat on a folding chair on the Smith Center court, flanked by media members asking him to slip back in that moment.
"I've been asked a lot," Zeller said of the questions. "It's something that's not one of my greater moments, but at the same time, it did happen."
Zeller's senior season has been much more than the four seconds he spent guarding Rivers. He leads the team in scoring in conference games, averaging 18.5 points. With six double-doubles and seven games of 20-or-more points in conference play, he's one of the leading candidates for ACC Player of the Year.
Tar Heels' Zeller ready to move on from Rivers' shot
The Fayetteville Observer
The impact of the first North Carolina-Duke game lingered with the teams.
The stakes are higher tonight when the teams clash to determine the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
Tar Heels determined to leave Cameron with a win
The Gaston Gazette
The rematch comes tonight at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium (7 p.m., ESPN), where the No. 4 Blue Devils (26-4, 13-2 ACC) and No. 6 Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) will meet to decide the regular-season ACC champion. Ever since Rivers' shot glided through, silencing a stunned Smith Center crowd, North Carolina has anticipated this moment.
UNC eagerly awaits the rematch
The News and Observer
On the one hand, No. 4 Duke (26-4, 13-2) could beat No. 6 North Carolina (26-4, 13-2) today at Cameron Indoor Stadium (ESPN, 7 p.m.), clinching the ACC regular-season title in the process and giving the Blue Devils an edge in the quest for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Or, on the other hand, the Blue Devils could lose.
Duke, UNC settle ACC regular season title tonight
The News and Observer
Dick Vitale is 72 years old, but there are at least a couple of times a year when he feels like a much younger man, times when he even feels the kind of excitement he felt as a boy.
One of those times will come tonight, when ESPN's Hall of Fame college basketball announcer is back in the broadcast booth at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium for another Duke-North Carolina game.
Vitale back for more in Cameron
The Charlotte Observer
The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament — and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too — once again is on the line tonight when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.
Duke, UNC ready for rematch
The Associated Press