By R.L. Bynum
NEW ORLEANS — The tensions, the heart palpitations and anxiety just kept pulsating through fans during the last thrilling final minutes of North Carolina’s historic 81–77 victory over No. 9 Duke on Saturday night at the Superdome at the Final Four in the second national semifinal.
In some of the most scintillating final minutes of a game in Carolina basketball history, the lead changed six times in the last 4:36 and the Tar Heels ended the coaching career of Mike Krzyzewski.
Read and watch how the final tense minutes played out after the last television timeout:
— 3:32 remaining: Paolo Banchero makes one of two free-throw attempts after Armando Bacot picks up his fourth foul
— 3:03: Caleb Love scores on a drive with a twisting layup past Mark Williams.
— 2:07: Trevor Keels sinks a 3-pointer from the left wing.
— 1:41: Leaky Black drives the lane and pitches back to Brady Manek, who makes a 3-pointer with Banchero’s hand in his face.
— 1:20: Wendell Moore Jr. hits step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key.
— 1:01: RJ Davis makes both free throw attempts
— 46.7 seconds: Bacot fouls out but Williams misses both free-throw attempts.
— 25: Love comes off a high screen from Leaky Black to get past Keels and drains a huge 3-pointer over Williams.
— 19: Jeremy Roach scores quickly on a driving layup past Davis.
— 17.4: Love makes the first end of a one-and-one but misses the second.
— 10.4: Keels makes the first free throw of a two-shot opportunity but misses the second.
— 8: Love makes both free-throw attempts.
— 4: Keels misses 3-point attempt, rebounded by Davis.
Carolina wins 81–77
UNC 81, No. 9 Duke 77
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