Duke’s decisive win in Coach K’s final game at North Carolina is another disappointing loss for Hubert Davis

The place was sold out and popping minutes before tip-off, a capacity crowd clearly pumped to watch history between in-state rivals — specifically Mike Krzyzewski’s final time coaching inside the Dean Smith Center. It looked like a great Duke-North Carolina game. It sounded like a great Duke-North Carolina game. But once the ball was tossed into the air Saturday night, the game quickly morphed into something that more or less looked like every other game North Carolina has played against an elite opponent this season.

“We didn’t play smart,” said first-year UNC coach Hubert Davis. “We didn’t play together.”

It’s a recurring theme.

Coach K’s final game at the Dean Dome doubled as UNC’s latest ass-whipping. Duke made eight of its first nine shots, jumped to a 19-5 lead, led by as many as 28, never let the Tar Heels get it to single digits at any point in the final 36 minutes and cruised to an eventual 87-67 victory. The Blue Devils shot 57.6% from the field, 47.4% from 3-point range and 76.9% from the free-throw line while handing North Carolina its seventh loss of the season, five of which have been embarrassing blowouts. UNC has lost by 17 points to Tennessee, by 20 points to Duke, by 22 points to Wake Forest, by 28 points to Miami and by 29 points to Kentucky. Translation: When the Tar Heels play good teams, they usually get rolled. They still have zero wins over top-40 KenPom.com opponents. They are now 0-7 in Quadrant 1 opportunities.

Zero. And. Seven.

What makes that lousy record even worse is the fact that, based on the current NET rankings, UNC only has three more Quadrant 1 opportunities on the schedule — at Clemson on Tuesday, at Virginia Tech on Feb. 19, and at Duke on March 5. KenPom projects North Carolina to be an underdog in all three games. So the Tar Heels really are at risk of entering Selection Sunday with zero Quadrant 1 wins.

With this in mind, I asked CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, our…


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