Duke’s Cam Reddish (2) blocks the shot by North Carolina’s Coby White (2) during the second half of UNC’s 79-70 victory over Duke at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Duke’s Cam Reddish (2) blocks the shot by North Carolina’s Coby White (2) during the second half of UNC’s 79-70 victory over Duke at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com
Duke’s Cam Reddish (2) blocks the shot by North Carolina’s Coby White (2) during the second half of UNC’s 79-70 victory over Duke at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

Rick Bonnell is a sportswriter/columnist for the Charlotte Observer. He has been in Charlotte since 1988, when the NBA arrived, and has covered the Hornets continuously. A former president of the Pro Basketball Writers Association, Bonnell also writes occasionally on the NFL and college sports.

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