Tournament to be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (-3, OFF)
Just six days after they closed out the regular season against one another, Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 245th time in their storied rivalry Friday in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. This marks the first meeting between the programs in the postseason since 2011, when Duke won 75-58 to claim its 19th ACC tourney crown, a mark North Carolina is looking to match this season. Jayson Tatum had 25 points for Duke in the win over Louisville and he is averaging 22.5 in the tournament as he continues to blossom into a star, although the Tar Heels limited the athletic freshman to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Saturday’s encounter.
No. 1 seed North Carolina displayed more of that defensive prowess in its 78-53 win over Miami in the first quarterfinal game Thursday, riding 19 points by senior forward Isaiah Hicks to their fourth consecutive victory in the tournament. The Tar Heels dominated on the glass all season but were outrebounded by five in their earlier loss to the Hurricanes, an issue they corrected by picking up a 36-29 advantage in Thursday’s win. Senior Kennedy Meeks led the charge with seven boards and four other players had at least four for North Carolina, which held Miami to 35.8 percent from the field.
* Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last five neutral site games.
* North Carolina is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games overall.
* Over is 4-1 in Duke’s last five games as an underdog.
* Under is 8-0-1 in North Carolina’s last nine games following a SU win.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Florida State Seminoles (OFF)
The Fighting Irish may be the hottest team in the conference, having won six of their last seven in the regular season and opening tourney play by topping Virginia 71-58 on Thursday. Junior forward Bonzie Colson notched his ACC-leading 19th double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds as Notre Dame reached the semifinals for the third straight season. Colson struggled in the first meeting with the Seminoles (nine points, eight rebounds) – an 83-80 loss Jan. 18 – but erupted for a career-high 33 points to go along with 13 boards in the rematch last month, which resulted in a 12-point triumph at home for Notre Dame.
Second seed Florida State will be looking to return to the ACC tournament title game for the first time since it won the event in 2012. Sophomore standout Dwayne Bacon missed all five of his 3-point tries in a 4-for-17 effort against Virginia Tech but led the way by hitting 9-of-10 free throws as he scored in double figures for the 31st time in 32 games this season. Sophomore Terance Mann and freshman Jonathan Isaac scored 11 points apiece and Isaac hauled in 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, helping the Seminoles win the battle of the boards 45-31. Florida State made 3-of-16 from beyond the arc and it is shooting 29.1 percent in a seven-game stretch that began when it went 3-for-15 versus Notre Dame on Feb. 11.
* Notre Dame is 5-0 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Under is 4-0 in Notre Dame’s last four games following a SU win.
* Under is 4-0 in Florida State’s last four overall.