In the third installment of the Duke-UNC rivalry this season, Zion Williamson’s presence made a major difference as he willed home a game-winner with 30 seconds left. Going for 31 points and 11 rebounds along with his typical efficient shooting, Williamson scored nearly half of Duke’s points on the night and would simply not let the Blue Devils drop a third straight game against their arch rival Tar Heels.
Outside of an early UNC run that saw them take a 12 point lead midway through the first half, the game was extremely close throughout as Duke clawed their way back and the two teams traded buckets down the stretch. With the win, Duke moves on to the ACC tournament finals against the scorching hot FSU Seminoles.
The Seminoles pulled off a major upset against UVA and finally looked like the team that many analysts had pegged as a preseason top 25. Although Duke matches up well against FSU, the Seminole’s momentum cannot be denied and Duke should have their hands full with a talented and hungry opponent.
Watch Duke’s Zion Williamson’s Game-Winner Against UNC
Zion just willed this into the bucket 😳 pic.twitter.com/G4FESRoKTU
— ESPN (@espn) March 16, 2019
Scoring four of Duke’s last five baskets, Zion Williamson was the deciding factor down the stretch and put the Blue Devils on his back in the last ten minutes of the game. After notoriously blowing out his shoe leading to a knee injury in the first matchup, Williamson was unable to play in either of Duke’s two meetings with UNC. Visibly angry after the second defeat, Zion came out even more aggressive than his usual dominant self and put on a clinic against the national title contender Tar Heels.