Duke leads North Carolina at halftime of highly-anticipated Final Four game
Duke leads North Carolina 37-34 at halftime of their Final Four matchup on Saturday night in New Orleans.
Paolo Banchero was Duke’s best offensive player for most of the half. He scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds. He went 2-for-3 from 3-point range while the rest of the Blue Devils went 0-for-8.
For North Carolina, the Tar Heels were led by RJ Davis. He scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and was UNC’s most dynamic option offensively.
Duke got into foul trouble in the first half. After Mark Williams picked up two fouls in five minutes, the Blue Devils turned to senior Theo John at center. However, John proceeded to pickup four fouls before he was removed from the game.
That puts Duke in a difficult position in the second half, particularly if Williams picks up a third foul early on. Banchero played center at the end of the first half, but that’s not an ideal scenario for the Blue Devils.
Credit to Armando Bacot for that development, as his physicality proved to be a major issue for John.
This is the 258th all-time meeting between Duke and North Carolina, but the first in the NCAA Tournament. The winner will face Kansas in the National Championship on Monday night.