Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Zion Williamson Hits Game Deciding Shot Over Rival North Carolina

Zion Williamson Hits Game Deciding Shot Over Rival North Carolina

Just like in the win last weekend against Duke, UNC went on a scoring drought in the final minutes but managed to get by with repeated stops.

"The guy that's been hurt came back", Williams said, "put on his Superman jersey and was incredible".

White ended up missing a 3-point attempt from the right wing with three seconds left, which Nassir Little tried unsuccessfully to tip in. "I think we deserve a No. 1 seed, but it's not up to us".

"They were the tougher team", UVA guard Kyle Guy mentioned after the game. The Devils are 11-2 since 1999 in the ACC Tournament championship game, with the victories by an average of 16.4 ppg.

The Duke star sprained his knee less than 40 seconds into his team's first matchup with the Tar Heels and missed the second with the injury. Without Williamson, there was no question which team was better.

R.J. Barrett came down with a rebound off a missed UNC three at the other end and was fouled, but he missed both free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a chance to hit a game victor.

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"When the shot left my hand, I could have swore it went down", Johnson said.

Over on the Duke side, they're 28-5 this season. Both teams made it to the Final Four in Indianapolis. Tre Jones was the only other Blue Devil with double-digit points, and he had 11. "He's able to guard anybody when we switch, and he's on the boards always". The Devils edged the Seminoles 80-78 on January 12 on a Cam Reddish 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left. And his success in the paint overshadowed RJ Barrett's 5-of-15 shooting night.

This might have been the rivalry as its most ferocious, as Krzyzewski had words with UNC forward Scott Williams after a Williams foul, Smith had words with Krzyzewski and the players exchanged some bumps and shoves.

While everybody is talking about those 3 teams from the ACC, and rightfully so, Syracuse and Florida State showed some real sleeper potential in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils have just one loss with their full starting five on the court, and that makes a strong case for the NCAA tournament selection committee to put them on the top line and send them to nearby Columbia, South Carolina - just down the road from Williamson's hometown of Spartanburg.

"I mean it was tough watching the first two (Duke-UNC) games, wishing I could go to war with them", said Williamson, who was hurt in the opening minute of the first meeting February 20. "We had some chances to win the game". I have never seen a team that relies on jump shots to win everything. "We've got six more games, hopefully". "But I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Oh my God, I hope we can play them again.' I'm not starting any extra drama".

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