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No. 14 Duke races past No. 6 UNC 93-83 in ACC semifinals

NEW YORK (AP) -- This time they clashed up north, and Duke took down Carolina. Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and No. 14 Duke rallied past No. 6 North Carolina with another lightning-fast surge in the second half, capitalizing on foul trouble for Tar Heels point guard Joel Berry II and beating its fierce rival 93-83 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.

No. 6 North Carolina stops Miami 78-53 to reach ACC semis

NEW YORK (AP) -- Theo Pinson tried an alley-oop pass that went directly into the basket for a surprise 3-pointer, and the befuddled look on his face was priceless. One way or another, just about everything went right for No. 6 North Carolina in its postseason debut Thursday.

Miami beats Syracuse 62-57 in ACC, will face top seed UNC

NEW YORK (AP) -- If there was any doubt about their NCAA Tournament fate, the Miami Hurricanes probably put it to rest Wednesday. As for the Syracuse Orange, however, they'll be sweating out Selection Sunday. Kamari Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds in his return home to Brooklyn, and Miami held off Syracuse 62-57 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The end: Gottfried, Smith ousted as NC St goes out with dud

NEW YORK (AP) -- North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried and star guard Dennis Smith Jr. walked off the floor together at Barclays Center, the coach with his arm around the waist of the potential lottery pick. Their season did not go as planned. The fired coach definitely won't be back and player is probably gone, too. The finale of a brief and disappointing era in for N.C. State was, fittingly, another dud.

Tobacco Road intersects Flatbush Avenue as ACC comes to NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tobacco Road intersects with Flatbush Avenue this week when the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament comes to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. College basketball's most storied conference begins a five-day run in New York city Tuesday as the 15-team ACC tries to claim some ownership of the country's largest media market.

TOP 25 REWIND: No. 5 Tar Heels finish 2 games up in ACC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's win over rival Duke ended up putting the fifth-ranked Tar Heels two games better than anyone else in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference. Coach Roy Williams is hoping that has his team prepared for what's to come. "Winning the league and winning it by two games is something we'll always be proud of," Williams said after Saturday's 90-83 win over the No. 17 Blue Devils.

Berry helps No. 5 Tar Heels beat No. 17 Blue Devils 90-83

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Joel Berry II and his North Carolina teammates had already wrapped up an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in next week's tournament before tipping off against rival Duke. Still, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels wanted to fight their way to a strong finish -- the kind they hope can help propel them to another deep postseason run.

UNC, FSU earn top 2 seeds at ACC Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- No. 5 North Carolina, No. 15 Florida State, No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 8 Louisville have earned the top four seeds and two-round byes at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The pairings for the event that begins Tuesday in Brooklyn were finalized after North Carolina beat Duke on Saturday night.

North Carolina football switches to Jordan Brand uniforms

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina is switching its football uniforms to former player Michael Jordan's Nike line. The school made the announcement at halftime of the Tar Heels' basketball game against rival Duke on Saturday night -- and marked the occasion by bringing out Jordan himself to a pair of raucous ovations at midcourt. North Carolina will become the second football program to wear Jordan's Jumpman logo, joining Michigan.

Tar Heels hire DeAndre Smith as running backs coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina hired DeAndre Smith as running backs coach Thursday. Smith was Purdue's running backs coach last year, then was hired at UNLV -- where he spent three months before moving to UNC. Smith had coached running backs at Syracuse, New Mexico, Illinois, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois. He also worked as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana State.

Guy, Perrantes help No. 23 Virginia beat No. 5 UNC 53-43

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett took the blame for a poor approach in No. 23 Virginia's 24-point loss at No. 5 North Carolina nine days ago. On Monday night, he gave his team the credit for making a new approach work in a 53-43 victory against the Tar Heels. Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and the Cavaliers used a small lineup to neutralize the Tar Heels' size advantage.

No. 8 North Carolina keeps rolling, tops Pitt 85-67

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- There's a mantra North Carolina coach Roy Williams trots out on occasion when he wants to grab the attention of his talented if occasionally erratic team. It's one forward Justin Jackson knows by heart. "Coach always says there's never been a national championship team that hasn't been able to play defense," Jackson said.

ACC's Swofford encouraged by bill to repeal NC's HB2 law

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he's encouraged that North Carolina lawmakers have filed bipartisan legislation to repeal a law that limits protections for LGBT people. The ACC and the NCAA pulled sporting events out of the state last fall in response to the so-called bathroom bill, which also requires transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

North Texas gives Littrell new contract after 1 season

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- North Texas has given football coach Seth Littrell a new contract after one season on the job. The five-year deal announced Friday goes through the 2021 season, and replaces his original five-year deal that was through 2020. The new contract could be worth about $5 million over the length of the deal.

UNC hires North Texas' Mike Ekeler as linebackers coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has hired Mike Ekeler from North Texas to coach its linebackers. The school announced Ekeler's hiring Friday, filling the opening created when Gene Chizik stepped down earlier this month. Ekeler spent last season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the Mean Green, who are coached by former North Carolina assistant Seth Littrell. He also worked with current defensive coordinator John Papuchis at LSU and Nebraska.

No. 8 Tar Heels top No. 7 Cardinals 74-63, stretch ACC lead

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- No. 8 North Carolina kept hitting the glass, making its free throws and hitting its outside shots. The Tar Heels played tough enough, too, to push their way past No. 7 Louisville's physical defense and strengthen their grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.

App State, UNC announce 3-game football series

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Appalachian State and North Carolina will play a three-game series beginning in 2019. Mountaineers athletic director Doug Gillin on Monday announced a series with games in Chapel Hill in 2019 and 2023 and in Boone in 2022. The Tar Heels will become the third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent to visit Appalachian State in a seven-year period.