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March 5, 2011
The Matchup: North Carolina and Duke will face off for the ACC championship for the eighth time in history and the seventh in Greensboro’s 12 years as host. The Blue Devils are 4-3 in all appearances and 4-2 in Greensboro, but the Tar Heels have won the past two (2005, 2008). This one is a meeting of a red-hot offensive club in Duke against a Tar Heel team that has held its three ACC Tournament opponents to 31.5-percent field-goal shooting (62-for-197).
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About the Tar Heels: Since Florida State made a field goal with 10:52 left in Friday’s quarterfinals, the Tar Heels’ foes are 20-for-83 (.241) from the floor. … UNC held Miami to its lowest point total since a 68-42 loss at Georgia Tech on Jan. 29, 2009. That’s an inclusive span of 78 games. … Jessica Breland’s total of 13 field goals in Saturday’s semifinal was two short of the ACC Tournament record for all games and the highest in a semifinal since 1992.
About the Blue Devils: The 2011 Duke team is one of 168 ACC clubs to play at least two ACC Tournament games in a year. It’s only the 17th of those to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor in its first two outings. Fourteen of the previous 16 advanced to the final, but the previous excellence doesn’t necessarily ensure a championship. Those 14 teams are 7-7 in the finals. Five of them have managed to make half or more of their shots in the title game as well. … Duke is the only program to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of its first two ACC Tournament games in a year since Clemson did so in 1998. This is the third time the Devils have done it in the past 12 years.
Tournament History: This will be the 18th consecutive ACC title game to feature the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils or both. … This will be only the third time – but the second year in a row – in which the No. 6 seed will play for the title. As it did in the first two instances, it will face No. 1. The top seed won those meetings. … Only two teams seeded lower than fourth have won the ACC Tournament. They are both No. 5 seeds – UNC in 1984 and Maryland in 1986. … The No. 1 seed hasn’t lost a title game since 1994, when Virginia fell to No. 2 UNC 77-60. The top dog is 9-0 since then. … Duke is 6-5 in ACC championship games; Carolina is 9-6.
In the 12 years of Greensboro’s tenure as host: