Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: Schooled And Beaten

BROOKLYN – What did the Tar Heels learn from their disheartening and somewhat shocking loss to Duke in the semifinals of the ACC tournament? First of all, they can’t play long stretches in a big game without Joel Berry, who sat out more than 10 minutes of the second half with four fouls, during which Carolina lost a 13-point lead and fell behind by seven. Duke reversed a game that had been getting away from the Blue Devils with a 29-9 run. Despite playing for the third time in three days, Duke was energized by Berry’s departure, shooting 68.8 percent...

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Art’s Angle – SweetBerry And Rolaids

Duke-Carolina games are no fun. Until they are over and your team has won. Most of them, like Saturday night, are 2-4 Tums or a roll of Rolaids affairs, with way more heart palpitations than lead changes (23 in this one, plus 14 ties) and the frustration of telling the ACC Player of the Year NOT to shoot after he clangs his first six hurried heaves like he was racing the clock in an NBA three-point contest. The games are almost always great, and worthy of national television for every renewal since 1986 because, in the words of Mike...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Rebounding In More Ways Than One

Carolina will own the emotion on Senior Night against Duke. Besides the emotion, however, the Tar Heels have more pressure. They have lost five times to Duke on their home court in the last seven years, and last season gave away what looked like a sure win with poor play down the stretch. ESPN’s Game Day is back, which means all the hoopla beforehand and lots of bad press if Carolina ends the day by losing again to Duke at home. Once the game starts, however, the pressure switches to Duke to stay in it before an overflow crowd...

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