TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A couple of months ago, most folks had Duke penciled in as the ACC regular-season champ. But after reeling off its sixth straight victory on Wednesday night at Florida State – thanks to a game-winning 3-pointer by Harrison Barnes – No. 13 North Carolina could take the title, and the top seed in the ACC tournament, with a win over the Blue Devils on Saturday.
Shooting guard Dexter Strickland, for one, seems certain it will happen.
“I’m glad it’s home; that will give us a little advantage,’’ the shooting guard said after Wednesday’s victory. “I feel like the last time we played them, we just made mental errors that can be mentally corrected. I think that on Saturday, we’re going to win. I know we’re going to win on Saturday. I have a lot of confidence in myself and in my teammates. And if everybody has the same attitude I do, I know we’re going to win.”
Strickland said his belief isn’t anything new; even back when UNC was struggling, he said he “absolutely” knew his team could be in this position.
“ I knew my potential, and my team’s potential,’’ he said. “All-Americans … we just have to play to our potential. If everyone plays to our potential, who’s going to stop us?”