Look for another Duke-UNC showcase at ACC tourney

PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Published:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Welcome to the Blue Devil-Tar Heel Invitational.

Sure, the official name is the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but Duke and North Carolina have turned college basketball's hallowed postseason shindig into nothing more than an exclusive showcase for the Big Two.

The ACC's powerhouse programs have divvied up 14 of the last 15 tournament titles, with Duke winning 10 of them.

From all indications, it will be more of the same when this year's tournament begins Thursday in Atlanta.

No. 4 North Carolina (27-4, 14-2 ACC) captured the regular-season title, routing sixth-ranked Duke (26-5, 13-3) at Cameron Indoor Stadium last weekend to clinch the championship. But the Blue Devils have been the king of the tournament, winning three in a row and 19 times overall -- two more than North Carolina.