Short Handed Duke Falls Short at UNC

The injury bug has been unkind to Duke this season and it struck once again as the Blue Devils lost to North Carolina  79-70 in Chapel Blue Devil Nation (@BlueDevilNation) _ Twitter Hill.

Marques Bolden went out with an MCL sprain and he would later join Zion Williamson who missed his fourth straight game on the Duke bench.

Duke would take a 40-38 lead into the locker room but Coby White hurt them early and often on his way to 21 points.  UNC also had stellar play from their upperclassman and that was just too much for a Duke team missing two of its starters.

The Blue Devils did cut the lead to 5 late in the game as the Dean Dome grew silent but the team didn't quite have the legs to finish the comeback off.

R.J. Barrett led all scorers with 26 points which make him the top freshman scorer in Duke history,  Cam Reddish added 23 points but having 17 at the half, he cooled off a bit.

The Blue Devils fall into the third seed in the ACC Tournament meaning they will play at 9:30 or after this coming Thursday.  Duke will play the winner of Pitt-Boston College where the winner faces Syracuse.