Plan for a nap today, because the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play the late game in the ACC Tournament semifinals tonight against the higher-seeded Florida State Seminoles.
The fifth-seeded Duke Blue Devils and top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be televised by ESPN.
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Duke vs. North Carolina preview
The No. 14 Blue Devils (25-8) and No. 6 Tar Heels (27-6) will play for the third time this season, and the second time in the past week. The game will be televised on ESPN and available online for live streaming on the WatchESPN website and application.
The Tar Heels won last Saturday’s matchup in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, 90-83.
The Blue Devils won the arch-rivals’ Feb. 9 meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, 86-78.
North Carolina is a four point favorite to win tonight’s game and advance to their 35th ACC Tournament final. The Tar Heels have won 18 ACC Tournament championships, one shy of the Blue Devils’ 19 wins.
The over/under for the game is 156 points. Both teams have put up remarkably similar numbers in points per game, turnovers per game, free throw percentage and three-point percentage.
This will be the two teams’ 245th all-time meeting. North Carolina leads the series, 135-109. In the past 38 years, however, the series is tied. Even more remarkably, Duke has scored one point more than North Carolina in all of their matchups since 1979.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is 44-40 versus North Carolina, while Tar Heels coach Roy Williams is 12-17 against the Blue Devils while at Carolina (13-20 all-time, including his Kansas tenure).
Duke is 11-7 in the 18 previous matchups with North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Amazingly enough, this is only the fifth time in those 245 games that these two teams are meeting outside the state of North Carolina.
Notre Dame vs. Florida State preview
The No. 22 Fighting Irish (24-8) and No. 16 Seminoles (25-7) will also play for the third time this season. Tip time is immediately following the Blue Devils - Tar Heels game (estimated 10 p.m.) on ESPN and online at WatchESPN.
Bobby Norell has a preview.
The then-No. 10 Seminoles edged the then-No. 15 Irish during the team’s first matchup this season Jan. 18 in Tallahassee, 83-80.
The Irish won the team’s re-match over then No. 14 ranked Seminoles in South Bend, 84-72, on Feb. 11.
The second-seeded Seminoles are 2.5 point favorites to win tonight’s game over the third-seeded Irish.