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Final Four 2022: North Carolina narrowly defeats Duke in classic thriller and heads to national championship

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North Carolina and Duke added another storied chapter to their rivalry on Saturday night.

In an epic Final Four game that will go down as one of the classics in NCAA men’s basketball history, North Carolina defeated Duke 81-77 and will head to the national championship game against Kansas on Monday night. at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

Caleb Love arrived in the clutch for the Tar Heels at the end.

With the Tar Heels one field goal, Love hit a big three-pointer to put the team ahead 78-74. Duke’s Jeremy Roach drove to respond with a layup. But it would be Love’s free throws that would ultimately seal the game for North Carolina and put the Tar Heels back in the national title game.

Love finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the floor. He had four rebounds and an assist in the game.

Three other North Carolina players were in double digits in scoring. Armando Bacot finished with a double-double with 11 points and 21 rebounds. He committed an out-of-contest foul.

RJ Davis added 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Brady Manek, who had a few clutch hits in the streak, had 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks.

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