The Blue Devils back again after figuring out the way which made them a tougher team to beat in their biggest games.
“When you have done it,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “you feel like you might do it again.”
In a very intense rivalry, the Blue Devils led the beginning of the game with 13 point then followed by 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation. It was their sixth straight win, and their ninth in 12 meetings in the series against the Tar Heels.
The Blue Devils also came back from a 10-point deficit with 14 minutes remaining to beat St. John’s last month for Krzyzewski’s 1,000th career win, and rallied from 11 points down with 13 ½ minutes left to give No. 2 Virginia its only loss.
“When we got down, we started playing tight,” senior guard Quinn Cook said. “We started wishing shots in and not shooting with confidence. Against St. John’s, we just believed in each other and shot our shots. . . . (Against Virginia), “Coach, he kept telling us, ‘Keep believing. It’s going to be an amazing win.”
coach Mike Krzyzewski said “It’s tough for this game to always live up to the hype,” But I think (Wednesday night’s) game exceeded it.” He also said “It’s not like we drew up anything,” and “When they came back, that was on them. We just said, ‘Play, man. Follow your instincts and play.’ And they did.”
Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson each scored 18 points to lead North Carolina (18-8, 8-5). Nate Britt pulled the Tar Heels within two with one free throw with 3.5 seconds left. He missed the second, Marcus Paige raced in and got his hands on the rebound — but Winslow grabbed it as the buzzer sounded.
Tokoto had 15 points, Isaiah Hicks scored 12 and Britt finished with 11 points, while Johnson added 12 points before fouling out early in overtime for the Tar Heels, who have lost four of five.
Britt put them up by 10 with less than four minutes to play with his knifing layup through the lane. And then the Blue Devils stormed back.
At the conclusion of Krzyzewski’s speech, he said” “It
’s not like we drew up anything,”” When they came back, that was on them. We just said, ‘Play, man. Follow your instincts and play.’ And they did.”