UNC-Duke Game Notes

Notes from Carolina's final game of the season.

CHARLOTTE - North Carolina's dreadful season finally came to an end on Friday as the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils defeated the seventh-seeded Tar Heels, 60-48, in the Quarterfinals of the 49th Annual ACC Tournament.

Carolina ends its season with eight wins and 20 losses, by far its worst record ever. UNC finished at 4-12 in the ACC regular season.

Here is a look at some notes from Carolina's final game of the season.

*With the loss, the Tar Heels are now 122-90 all-time against the Blue Devils. UNC is 8-10 against its rivals in ACC Tournament action.

*Duke has now won 10 of the last 11 games in the series.

*Carolina has now lost three consecutive games to Duke in ACC Tournament play. UNC lost last season and in 1999 in the conference title games.

*UNC turned the ball over 67 times in its three losses to Duke. The losses were by a combined 66 points.

*Either Duke or UNC has been ranked in the Associated Press poll in each of the last 112 times the schools have met. The last time Carolina and Duke met with neither team being ranked was on Feb. 27, 1960.

*The loss was Carolina's earliest season-finale since a 21-20 loss to Duke in the 1966 ACC Tournament semifinals on march 4. That UNC club finished the season at 16-11.

*With seven points, Jason Capel finishes his career 25th on UNC's career scoring list with 1,447 points. Capel also closes with 807 career rebounds, which is 16th on UNC's career list.

*Kris Lang's 14 points give him 1,392 for his career, which puts him at 28th on the school's all-time scoring list. Lang ends his career with 678 rebounds.

*Entering the game Carolina had shot 51.4 percent in victories this season and were at 40.3% in losses. UNC also came in averaging 89.2 points per game in wins and 66.3 in defeat.

*Prior to the most recent loss to Duke, UNC had a 3.9 rebounding margin per game edge in wins and a -5.8 per game deficit in losses.

*Entering Friday's game, UNC had shot 43.8% from 3-point range in victories and 31.5% in losses.

*Carolina entered the season-ending loss with an assists/turnover ratio of 178/111 in wins and 287/333 in defeat.

*With the loss, UNC is now 74-33 all-time in ACC Tournament games.

*Carolina has won more ACC Tournaments (15) than any other school. The Heels have taken the title in 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 1998.

*UNC is 8-10 against Duke in ACC Tournament action. The tar Heels' record against the other nine schools, including South Carolina: Clemson (12-1); FSU (2-0); Georgia Tech (4-2); Maryland (11-3); N.C. State (10-4); Virginia (10-3); Wake Forest (13-8) and South Carolina (4-2).

*UNC's all-time record versus the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament fell to 9-5 with Friday's loss to Duke. The Heels' records against each seed: No. 1 (2-7); No. 3 (9-2); No. 4 (11-6); No. 5 (9-5); No. 6 (8-5); No. 7 (10-3); No. 8 (15-0) and No. 9 (1-0).

Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He is also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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