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Semifinal: #6 UNC 83, #2 Miami 57
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Photos: #1 Duke Blows Away #6 UNC, 81-66
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ACC Champs! #1 Duke Blows Away #6 UNC, 81-66
By Rob Clough
March 6, 2011


THE NUTSHELL: Duke Repeats, Jasmine Thomas MVP

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Krystal Thomas and Chelsea Gray embrace after Duke's 2011 ACC Championship victory.
Krystal Thomas and Chelsea Gray embrace after Duke's 2011 ACC Championship victory.

What appeared to be going down the stretch as a white-knuckler, possession-by-possession battle to the end turned into an astounding blowout during the last eight minutes. Riding a mind-boggling 20-2 run to turn a 54-53 deficit into a commanding 73-56 lead with under three minutes to go, Duke turned up the heat against a UNC team that looked like it was starting to feel the effects of playing four games in four days. Coach McCallie had a perfect game plan, forcing the Heels to take contested jumpers from long range, limiting looks from three, and clogging up the middle. On offense, Duke got the ball inside routinely, got to the foul line and was able to convert from three when needed. Jasmine Thomas was the tournament's MVP and was joined on the first team by Karima Christmas. Chelsea Gray also made the All-Tournament team, representing one of many outstanding performances by the freshman class in this game. This is Duke's 7th ACC title, trailing only UNC and Maryland (with nine apiece).

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Top Performers

  • DU Jasmine Thomas: 21 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
  • DU Karima Christmas: 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal
  • UNC Jessica Breland: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

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Semifinal: #6 UNC 83, #2 Miami 57
Photos: #1 Duke Blows Away #6 UNC, 81-66
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