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Friday, February 21, 2014
Top stats to know: UNC 74, Duke 66

By ESPN Stats & Information

It was a win worthy of court-storming, at least as judged by North Carolina fans after a 74-66 come-from-behind victory against Duke.

What made it so from a statistical perspective? Here’s a quick run through.

Stat of the Game
The Tar Heels became the first team to beat each of the AP’s preseason top four teams since the AP first began releasing a preseason poll, prior to the 1961-62 season.

They now have four wins against top-15 teams this season, the most such wins of any Division I men's basketball team.

The game-ending run
North Carolina outscored Duke 18-6 over the final 4 minutes, 55 seconds.

The Tar Heels made their final 10 free throw attempts (after making only 10 of their first 21) and had no turnovers over the last eight minutes (after committing 13 in the first 32 minutes).

In contrast, Duke missed five of its last seven shots, including all four 3-pointers it tried.

Paige turned
Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half for the Tar Heels and it wasn't all that surprising that he had another strong finish.

Paige has shown a penchant for coming up big in the second half after slow starts in a number of notable North Carolina wins this season.

We've noted the details for that in the chart on the right.

Duke's offense slowed down
The Blue Devils had 18 points off turnovers in the first half and that looked to be a good omen. They hadn't lost a game all season in which they had that many points off turnovers (were 6-0 entering the day).

They would not score a point off a turnover, or score a transition point, in the final 20 minutes. They shot 35 percent in the second half after shooting 50 percent in the first half.

Jabari Parker was also taken out of his game in the second half. He had 10 of his 14 points in the paint in the first half.

Parker didn't touch the ball from the 7:55 mark to the 2:44 mark in the second half. Duke went from up by four points to down by two points during that span.