Saturday, March 1, 2008

800-K

DUKE 87, N.C. STATE 86

One of the hallmarks of Coach K’s 30 years and 800 wins have been his teams knack for winning close games. Yesterday, they did it again.

Facing another deficit and yet another road loss, the Blue Devils had an even bigger problem: They weren't following the instructions of their Hall of Fame coach.
So during some late breaks, Mike Krzhgbn4ski turned control of the huddle over to the players, and that strategy led to his latest milestone victory.

DeMarcus Nelson capped a remarkable late rally by making two free throws with 1:01 remaining to lift #7 Duke over N.C. State 87-86 on Saturday and give Coach K his 800th career victory.

Nelson and Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer both scored 19 points for the Blue Devils (25-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a game-closing 14-5 run to take their only lead of the half, win their third straight and snap a two-game losing streak away from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"For a couple of late timeouts, I let anyone who would actually want to talk -- and say something that somebody would listen to -- run the huddle," Krzglpw9ski said. "Teams become really good when they talk to each other. What happens is, they take ownership. We never took ownership of this game until late in the second half."

Ben McCauley scored 19 points for N.C. State (15-14, 4-11), and he made one of two free throws with 1:11 remaining to put the Wolfpack up 86-85. He fouled Nelson 10 seconds later, and the Duke captain -- a 45 percent free throw shooter in his previous six games -- knocked down both.

The Wolfpack, who had a 13 point second-half lead only to let Duke comeback and win, is officially in the crapper.

Duke's Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer (30) shoots around North Carolina State's J.J. Hickson during the second half. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A fan holds a sign following Duke's 87-86 win over North Carolina State. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NORTH CAROLINA 90, BOSTON COLLEGE 80

Tyrese Rice blew up. He made 9 of his first 11 shots and scored 34 points in the first half. He ended up with 46, but it just wasn’t enough.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 25 points and #2 North Carolina and overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Boston College 90-80.

Wayne Ellington had 18 of his 20 points in the second half for the Tar Heels (27-2, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth straight.

Rice surpassed his career highs of 32 points and six 3-pointers by halftime, making 8-of-9 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. He started the second half with a steal and fast-break layup to give him 36 points, and then he hit the next basket to make it 58-40.

But after Corey Raji hit a 3-pointer to give BC a 61-44 lead, the Tar Heels scored 18 straight points -- getting three 3-pointers from Danny Green. Ellington had a steal and fast-break layup, then followed that up with a pass to Marcus Ginyard underneath for the dunk that made it 62-61 with 11:13 to play.

North Carolina remained tied atop the conference standings with No. 7 Duke, the last opponent to beat the Tar Heels. The teams play in Durham next Saturday.

Boston College (13-14, 4-10) was hoping to be the third team to upset a top three opponent in the last eight days.

Boston College's Tyrese Rice (4) reacts after hitting a three-point field goal in the first half. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard (1) loses control of the ball after a defensive play by Boston College's Biko Paris (5) during the first half . (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
GEORGIA TECH 87, WAKE FOREST 79 OT

So long young Deacons, we hardly knew thee.

Just when it looked like the young Wake Forest team was going to overcome tragedy and sneak into the Big Dance, reality shows up and trashes the Hollywood ending.

Georgia Tech lost a 13-point lead in regulation but Gani Lawal scored six points in overtime as the Yellow Jackets recovered to beat Wake Forest 87-79.
Lawal had only two points in regulation but scored the Yellow Jackets' first two baskets in overtime.

Georgia Tech, led by Anthony Morrow's 22 points, never trailed.

After a 2-2 tie, Georgia Tech led until only 43.6 seconds left when a short jumper by Wake Forest's Jeff Teague tied the game at 72-72.

Chas McFarland set a career high with 28 points and led the Demon Deacons with 12 rebounds. McFarland's previous high was 17 against Florida State on Feb. 17.

Georgia Tech (12-15 overall, 5-8 ACC) ended a five-game losing streak that began after its 89-83 win at Wake Forest on Feb. 6.

Wake Forest (16-11, 6-8) suffered its third straight loss.

Teague added 20 points for Wake Forest. McFarland and Teague fouled out in the overtime. Game over.

Wake Forest guard Gary Clark, left, and Georgia Tech forward Jeremis Smith (32) vie for a rebound during the second half . (AP Photo/John Amis)
MIAMI 95, VIRGINIA 93

Jack McClinton scored a career-high 34 points to lead Miami to a 95-93 win over Virginia.

Trailing 91-81 with 1:46 remaining, the Wahoos ran off nine unanswered points in the next 1:06. Laurynas Mikalauska's 3-point play with 40.6 left reduced Miami's lead 91-90.

Lance Hurdle's 3-pointer with 9.2 left put the Canes (20-8, 7-7) ahead 94-90. After Sean Singletary's driving layup cut the deficit to 94-92, McClinton converted on one of two free throws with 3.3 left to give the Hurricanes a 95-92 lead.

Singletary hit the first of two free throws with 0.9 left, but Miami's Anthony King tipped away his deliberately missed second attempt.

Singletary finished with a game-high and career high 44 points for the Cavaliers (13-13, 3-10).

CUT THE CHEESE

We don’t know if this is legit, but it’s damn sure funny. Supposedly this was a Bud Light commercial that didn’t make the cut thanks to the Anti-Howard Sterns over at the FCC. We got this via Deadspin who saw it at BostonSportz.



This is our first nominee for Video of the Month: March.

BEAUTY QUEENS AND VARMITS

So if you are gonna be Miss Outdoors, you better be ready to skin a muskrat.

No kidding.

Muskrat skinning was the "talent" portion of the 2008 Miss Outdoors pageant, part of an improbable Eastern Shore festival that combines the worlds of beauty contests and competitive varmit skinning. The pageant and the skinning contest were part of the 63rd annual National Outdoor Show, held last weekend in the town of Golden Hill.

" . . . You want to take your knuckles," 17-year-old Samantha Phillips, Contestant No. 1, was saying. One of the pageant judges squinched up her face in shock. "And separate the meat from the hide, just like this."

Yike.

Dakota Abbot, 16, this year's Miss Outdoors, was one of two pageant contestants to enter the muskrat-skinning competition. (Preston Keres/Washington Post)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

YOU LOOKIN' FOR THESE...? Mark Martin, driver of the #5 Delphi Chevrolet, makes a pit stop for some tires, etc. during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE JAMAICAN HAS LANDED...Jamaican James Beckford grimaces as he competes in the long jump during the indoor track and field competition February 27, 2008 in Tampere, Finland.


(Photo by Vesa Moilanen/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WE PROMISED WRESTLING...We give you high school wrestling from Baltimore. Old Mill's Ron Vaughters (rear) defeated Broadneck's Houston Zemanski for the 114-pound championship.

(Baltimore Sun photo by André F. Chung)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

PICK UP SOME TEQUILLA ON THE WAY HOME...Australian driver Crish Atkinson powers his Subaru Impreza during the first day of the FIA World Rally Championship's in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, 29 February 2008.

(Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

CRAZY PEOPLE...We love 'em.


Troy Corser of Australia and the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team leans into a corner during practice for round two of the Superbike World Championship at the Phillip Island Circuit on February 29, 2008 on Phillip Island, Australia.




(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

REDSKINS SITTING OUT FREE AGENCY

The NFL's free agency and trading period began at midnight Friday, and according to the Redskins, Snyder and Co. have no designs to be major players.

“We are espousing a wait-and-see attitude to the market,” said executive vice president Vinny Cerrato.

Cerrato is the Executive Vice President in charge of player personnel, so he should know. Because of this simple fact, the Redskins don’t have a General Manager that they desperately need because Mr. Snyder and VP Cerrato don’t think they need one.

These are the same to guys who gave up two draft picks for a wide receiver they just released last week after three years and NO TOUCHDOWNS. (We won’t even mention Jeff George, Mark Brunell or Deion Sanders.)

Owner Daniel Snyder and Cerrato say they are more attuned to fiscal restraint this year after reaching the playoffs in 2007, but their cap situation also is a factor.

Nonetheless, Washington did resign QB Todd Collins to a three year $90 million contract. “I thought they would offer a three year deal worth $9 million, but, hey, I could use the extra $81 million,” Collins said. “Heck, I know my way to the park, my family likes it here and who wouldn’t like to be under worked and lavishly over paid?”

“Really, it’s CRRAAAZZEEE, but I took the money. I mean I was all set to go out in the free agent market, but then I remembered that nobody pays more than the team I’m already on,” said Collins. “In the end, it was kind of a no brainier.”

In spite of the fact that Redskins are going to wait and see, and they really don’t have any money under the cap, they do have meetings scheduled early next week with Randy Moss, Derek Anderson, Marion Barber, Lance Biggs, Donte Stallworth, and, in keeping with the tradition established by the other three guys we won’t name (Jeff George, Mark Brunell and Deion Sanders) Daunte Culpepper.

When Executive Vice President, and not the General Manager Cerrato was informed that Derek Anderson agreed to terms with the Browns on Friday morning, Cerrato said, “Doesn’t matter, we’ll pay more.”

*items in italics may not be true...key word being "may."

GREAT GAZOO MAKES ANOTHER COMEBACK

According to ESPN’s Paul Lucas of UniWatch fame, this ugly thing pictured below left is the latest attempt at cranium safety for football brains.

“According to the cover story in a recent issue of
Machine Design magazine, the upstart Protective Sports Equipment company -- the same firm that brought us the ProCap anti-concussion accessory, which was worn by Steve Wallace and Mark Kelso back in the 1990s -- is working with the league to develop a new helmet concept, called the Gladiator.

The Gladiator supposedly provides superior protection (for details, check out the article's full text
here and here), although Uni Watch suspects most pro gridders would rather get a concussion than wear something so nerdy-looking. But whether the newfangled lid catches on or not, it probably won't be the last word in the design of the football helmet, which has gone through more evolutionary stages than any other sports accessory.

“As for the Gladiator, No one will wear it, because it's not cool. Image is everything in sports these days,” said Curtis Worrell, the man behind the mighty Helmet Hut web site.

True enough, although that didn't stop the handful of players who wore the
ProCap (forever ridiculed as "the Great Gazoo helmet"). Let's just hope the Gladiator holds up better than the ProCap, which got pretty skanky with repeated use.

As our main man Lyle Lovett once said, "Thank you. No."

NEWS FLASH: BONDS USED STEROIDS AND HE’S STILL A JERK

Hope you didn’t get up early to find this out.

According to ESPN: A federal judge told prosecutors to redraft their multiple-count indictment of Barry Bonds and ordered the slugger's 2003 grand jury testimony unsealed on Friday.

Among other information contained in the unsealed 149-page court transcript is evidence of an additional positive steroids test beyond the previously reported one in November 2000, sources familiar with the government's evidence told ESPN's T.J. Quinn.

The boys over at SmokingGun had this little enlightening nugget regarding a bizarre question and answer exchange:

While the entire Bonds transcript is worth a read, we particularly enjoyed his answer to a question posed by one juror about Greg Anderson, the athlete's beleaguered friend and trainer. "With all the money you make, have you ever thought of maybe building him a mansion or something?"

Bonds replied, "One, I'm black. And I'm keeping my money. And there's not too many rich black people in this world. And I'm keeping my money. There's more wealthy Asian people and Caucasian and white. There ain't that many rich black people. And I ain't giving my money up. That's why."


Nice, Barry, NICE!


(TIP: Cgigs – for that, tomorrow a wrestling photo!)

(Photo: TAH Original. Cartoon by Steve Greenberg/Ventura County Star. Check out his work at
http://www.greenberg-art.com.)

BRING BACK THE LOVE BUG

Hey, we all thought N.C. State was tournament good. No, we weren’t sippin’ Grant’s four-loss Kool-Aid, but we thought they might be the #4 or #5 team in the league with a date to the dance a la the Canes and Terps.

But, no…the Wolfpack seems to have suffered the dreaded full blown wheelectomy.

Of course, this has some folks in Wolfpack Nation pining for Herbie (The Love Bug) Sendek who they not-so-long-ago banished to the desert in Arizona.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OPTICAL DELUSIONS...Euro 2008 official mascots Trix "Left Eye" Lopez and Flix "Right Eye" Lopez pose with the trophy of the UEFA European football championship during a press briefing on "100 Days to Go" before the Euro 2008, on February 28, 2008 in Bern.

The opening ceremony will take place June 7, 2008 in Basel.
The first round will be played in Cilantro...bada boom, we'll be here all week...


(Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 2

THE FAIRER SEX AND THE SWEET SCIENCE...Kazumi Izaki, a 44-year-old mother of two, shadowboxes on the ring for Japan's first women's boxing professional test in Tokyo on February 28, 2008. I

Izaki, a fitness club instructor won approval on February 29 as Japan's oldest professional boxer of either gender, among 20 women who were awarded licenses from the Japan Boxing Commission.

(Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)


Germany's Susianna Kentikian (L) fights against Sarah Goodson of the Philippines in the WBA and WIBF World Flyweight Championship fight in the northern German city of Hamburg on February 29, 2008.

Kentikian won the fight.

(Photo by Roland Magunia/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

HAIRY HOOSIER...Dude.

(Photo by David E. Klutho)


PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

BY THE WAY, KOBE IS STILL REALLY GOOD…Oh, and L.A., Shaq’s gone so you can remove that little partial circle from in front of the rim which marked the furthest distance from the basket from which said Shaq was allowed to shoot.

Before a 119 to 111 loss to Portland last night, the Kobe-led Lakers had won 10 straight.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

NICE UNI SATURDAY...After all the whining about bad unis, here's a good one, and it's doing a good deed. Manchester City midfielder Kelven Etuhu shows control of the ball to Thai children during a football clinic at Rajamankala stadium in Bangkok on February 29, 2008.

Kasper Schmeichel and Kelven Etuhu are visiting Thailand to conduct a clinic for Thai juniors as part of the club's plan of developing the sport there.
Don't you love that story?

Maybe Etuhu and Schmeichel just really wanted to go to Thailand...?

Maybe?

(Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, February 29, 2008

TURTLE RISING

MARYLAND 74, WAKE FOREST 70

And just like that the Terps are back in the hunt. James Gist told his mates to stop worrying about the Tournament and focus on Wake. Then went out and put his game where his mouth is scoring a career-high 31 points to lead Maryland over Wake 74-70.

Greivis Vasquez added 24 points and Gist had 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (18-11, 8-6 ACC), who nearly blew two 11-point leads but sealed it with three key defensive stops in the final 90 seconds.

Freshman James Johnson had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Wake Forest (16-10, 6-7), and his three-point play with 1:54 left pulled the Demon Deacons to 71-70. The Deacs other top frosh, Jeff Teague, was a virtual no-show posting a whopping six points.

Gist hit a free throw to push the lead to two, and Wake Forest didn't score again, coming up empty on its next three trips down the court. Johnson's pass was tipped and stolen by Gist, Ishmael Smith's go-ahead 3-pointer rattled in and out, and Harvey Hale's tying 3 bounced off the left iron.

James Gist #15 of Maryland Terrapins celebrates after a making a basket against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on February 28, 2008 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

ELVIS WAS A TAR HEEL

You might have thought the University of Carolina achieved basketball glory by equal doses of hard work, passion and dedication with a pinch of good luck thrown in on top?

You probably thought it was a coincidence that both Dean and Ole Roy found their way to UNC via Kansas heading east on the highway that goes right smack through the middle of Memphis?

Or maybe that Wilt had the stomach flu when the Tar Heels won their first championships in 1957 against the Jayhawks?


You probably thought it was divine intervention that the greatest player in the history of the game wore Carolina blue, and that the NBA is full of his fellow Heels?

Truth is you probably don’t really know how Chapel Hill came to be the basketball capital of the world?

You don’t know, now do you?

Well, now you do...

Elvis Presley was a Tar Heel.

Yes, it’s a little known fact.

Here’s the proof.

The folks at Guernsey’s are auctioning a bunch of Elvis memorabilia…including this elaborate Ram’s Head Necklace of which the King was very fond. So, step right up, the starting bid is $45,000 and the auction is March 16th.

Here’s the description: Elvis Presley loved jewelry and this piece is possibly the largest and one of the best known gold necklaces that Elvis Presley owned and wore, as seen in various photos from the seventies. This 14k gold necklace features a ram's head motif on a large link 26-inch neck chain. The large center ram's head pendant has two 3mm cabochon cut emerald eyes and nine brilliant cut diamonds down the center of the head. Two smaller ram's heads each have 1 1/2 mm cabochon cut emerald eyes and six brilliant cut diamonds down the center of the heads.

The 21 brilliant cut diamonds weigh approx 1.0 ct. The necklace weighs approx 291 grams. Elvis Presley kept this piece at his home, Graceland, and gave it to his fiancee Ginger in 1977 as they stood inside the dressing area to his bathroom. As he placed it around Ginger's neck, Elvis Presley told her to "Always wear it with something black." This necklace comes with a letter of authenticity from Ginger Alden.


They could have said “Elvis Presley” a few more times if they really tried.

Clearly, Ginger misunderstood. We are pretty sure he said, “Always wear it with something Carolina Blue.”

Alden, who was born in Memphis had a natural affinity for Memphis blue and UT orange, hence the confusion.

You gotta admit, it would look pretty sweet on M.J. when he’s out clubbin’ or shootin’ around with the Bobcats!

Nice, Elvis, NICE!

RELEASE, ROTATION, SPLASH

DC SPORTS BLOG pointed out that the Hokies games against Boston College was Windshield Washer Fluid Night at Cassell Coliseum.

No kidding...

1) If the Hokies had reached 75 points last night, all the fans at Cassell would have gotten free window washer fluid? Washer fluid, really? That's their giveaway? Did the local Kmart run out of Little Tree air fresheners? Is there a "bag o' mulch" night coming up?

Now, we agree it's worthy of a little mocking, but Advance Auto parts did the same promotion for football giving a gallon to every fan in the stadium if the Hokies scored 25 points or more. That's over 60,000 gallons!

At every home football game during the 2007 season, Advance Auto Parts will sponsor the "Advance Auto Parts Score for More" promotion. If the Hokies score a total of 25 points or more every fan in the stadium will be eligible to receive one (1) free gallon of windshield washer fluid at any Virginia Advance Auto Parts store.

The phrase that will activate the promotion is "Score for More" and it can be said immediately following the game. For example, if the successful Score for More occurs on a Saturday, the promotional offer will be from Saturday to the next home game.

Limit one gallon per person.

Go Hokies. Drive home safely.

BAD UNI FRIDAY

And the winner is Croatia…

No, they won yesterday.

On Bad Uni (Actually) Friday, the clear winner by a KNOCK OUT is the University of Oregon.

Now the Ducks are famous for the coolest locker room in NCAA D1, or maybe anywhere for that matter. They are also the test kids for all the granola headed doobie rolling designers over at Nike.

Nike designed their football unis which are best described as “colorful, but weird.” We don’t really get the x things that look like the pattern that you find in metal tool boxes and running boards on an F-350…

Of course, Nike has basketball unis all over the place including the new jumper style shirt worn by Carolina, Florida, and Ohio State among others.
So after a big party down over in Beaverton, the Nike dudes decided to come up with a new design for the Ducks’ hoops uni.

How about a black uniform with yellow numbers and black letters…Yeah, black letters, both back and front.

Amazingly, when they stumbled back into work on Monday nobody else in the design department told them what a stupid idea that was.

So, there were the Ducks, under contractual obligation no doubt, wearing the worst unis in the history of College basketball…

Nice, Ducks, NICE!

Football unis - Jim Dickhans / SPPS

Hoop photos : AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc

THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE CRAZIES' MINDS

Stuff you need to know. And thanks to Sportz Assassin over at AOL Fan House we give you this peach:

Here is a YouTube video of the fine fans and students of Duke University. The people in the crowd talk about their outfits, hair stylists, egg beaters, lederhosen, interacting with the refs, their "passion like no other" and what it feels like to be so darn cool.

And, we actually see one of them with a chick.

Check it out, it's short.

MASCOT DOWN, MASCOT DOWN!

Duke's mascot was clearly injured during the Georgia Tech game in a surfing dismount accident, but Duke head coach Mike Krzvhgds9ski wouldn't discuss it in his post game interview. The hobbling Blue Devil was not listed on Duke's Unofficial Official Injury Report that doesn't exist and wasn't released to the media (TAH or otherwise).

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

WE SEARCHED AND SEARCHED...for the very best advertising vehicle for Toady's ACC Headlines, and we finally found it.



(Photos courtesy of NASA...but you probably already knew that.)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DON'T LOOK NOW...but during Wednesday's game against Duke, a fired-up Matt Causey of Georgia Tech morphed into Oscar winning actor and expert at portraying crazy people Daniel Day-Lewis.

What next, John Malkovich?




Yike.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NO EMBASSY*...China's Zhang Yining. China moved in for the kill at the world team table tennis championships here Friday, slaying Hong Kong 3-0 to reach the women's final.

(AFP/Teh Eng Koon)

*Yes, it's an inside joke. We're done with it now.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

JON STEWART PLAYED SOCCER...before he hosted the Oscars...at William and Mary, no less.

http://huggingharoldreynolds.blogspot.com/2008/02/jon-stewart-snarky-soccer-player.html

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

IS THAT HURLEY FROM LOST’S SISTER? Doesn’t matter, we want to party with her as we’re seriously digging the look. Very cool for a pro golfer. Not to mention that it looks like she's gettin' ready to hit the ball really hard. Which, of course, is also cool.

Christina Kim of the USA during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club on February 29, 2008 in Singapore.


(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

K AND ROY CAUGHT ON TAPE

The Bookie Mom (clearly a Duke fan) miraculously has caught the Coach K v. Ole Roy running feud on videotape. Her bias makes it no less funny!

Don't miss it.

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WEDNESDAY HOOP

DUKE 71, GEORGIA TECH 58

Gerald Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson both scored 15 points and #6 Duke beat Georgia Tech 71-58 on Wednesday night to give coach Mike Krzlfd3wski his 799th career victory and move back into a first-place tie in the ACC with rival North Carolina. (Yeah, it's a run-on sentence, but it's the Associated Press' run-on sentence.)

Kyle Singler added 13 points and Greg Paulus had 11 to help the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-2) improve to 15-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season and win their second straight since a turnover-filled two-game losing streak on the road erased their two-game lead in the ACC.

Now, more cautious with the basketball and more voracious for it on defense, Duke took another step toward regaining its once-shaken confidence. The Devils will look to give Krzyzhl7wski victory No. 800 on Saturday at fast-fading N.C. State. Coach K is 799-264 in his 33rd season*.
*plus however many he lost when his back went "out."

The Yellow Jackets (11-15, 4-8) lost their fifth straight, and were denied their first victory at Cameron since 2004. Duke has won 10 of the past 11 meetings here.


Oh yeah, and the Duke mascot blew out his knee.

Gerald Henderson #15 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Matt Causey #2 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets gets into an argument with Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke as head coach Mike Krzjnb2wki and a referee try to break it up. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CLEMSON 79, MIAMI 69

Stop the presses: Clemson made 23 of 34 free throws (67.7%).

They were also 10 of 16 (62.5%) from behind the arc.
K.C. Rivers scored 19 points and Clemson rallied back to beat Miami 79-69 after squandering all of a 21-point lead.

The Tigers (20-7, 8-5 ACC) won 20 games for the second straight year and guaranteed themselves a non-losing ACC record for the first time in 11 years.

This milestone win didn't come easily.

Clemson was ahead 33-12 in the first half and still led 43-28 with about 18 minutes left. But, behind leading scorer Jack McClinton, the Hurricanes (19-8, 6-7) used a 32-16 surge to get back in it.

When McClinton swished a 3-pointer with 6:47 remaining, Miami had its first and only lead of the game, 60-59. That's when Clemson shook off its funk to regain control.

Clemson's Demontez Stitt, right, battles for a rebound against Miami's Anthony King during the first half of the basketball game in Clemson, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)
FLORIDA STATE 72, N.C. STATE 62

Whatever happened to Gavin Grant?

You remember him, he said the Wolfpack would only lose 4 games this year. They’ve already lost five this month.

Jason Rich scored 21 points Wednesday night to help Florida State beat North Carolina State 72-62.

Toney Douglas added 20 points despite playing through a tough shooting start for the Seminoles, who won their third straight league game despite nearly blowing a 19-point first-half lead. Ralph Mims added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that capped a 10-0 run that gave Florida State (17-12, 6-8 ACC) some needed breathing room in the final 5 minutes.

Trevor Ferguson had a career-high 17 points to lead the Wolfpack, who continued their late-season freefall. N.C. State (15-13, 4-10) has lost six straight games to slip to the bottom of the league standings after being picked in the preseason to finish third.
Florida State's Ralph Mims, right, navigates around North Carolina State's Ben McCauley during the first half of N.C. State's game against Florida State ,Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer,Ethan Hyman)

FROM THE YARD: PSYCHOTIC WHITE BOY FROM CHAPEL HILL

Ryan over at Sportable.com asked who’s the Player of the Year – Kansas State’s super frosh Kevin Beasely who is following in the one (spectacular year) and done footsteps of Kevin Durant and Greg Oden or UNC’s supper hustling erector set Tyler Hansbrough?

Good question.

"Beasley’s biggest competitor in the National Player of the Year debate is Hansbrough, the psychotic white boy from Chapel Hill. Hansbrough’s physical abilities can’t compare with Beasley’s, but his determination sure can. If it’s possible for the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder to be “scrappy” and “feisty,” Hansbrough would fit that description.

Although Hansbrough will definitely be a better NBA player than Mark Madsen, it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to say their college games are quite similar. He won’t be a superstar in the NBA, but that doesn’t stop him from being a dominant college player. He initiates contact and gets to the free throw line constantly, where he’s hitting over 80%."


(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

FOR THE LOVE OF CUPCAKES

You remember that former Tar Heel Rashad McCants was a little odd? Very moody, always endeavoring to appear tortured. But, he stepped up big during UNC's 2005 championship run, so it's all good.

J.E. Skeets of BasketballJones.com points out that McCants, now of the Minnesota Timberwolves, has a new web page.

Timberwolves guard -- and cupcake aficionado -- Rashad McCants launched a new website over the weekend and, well, as far as NBA player sites go, it's quite professional…

Anyway, as the lovely Sonia at TWolves Blog points out, McCants venture into the seedy underbelly of The Internets is definitely worth checking out if only for the amusement and entertainment factors. A few highlights from the different sections of the site:

McCants on his tattoos: "There is nothing like a fresh tattoo. The look of it. The feel of it. Knowing that it hurt so bad, and you wanted to quit. Just like life. When all goes bad, you just wanna quit. But the moment you decide it's not so bad, that if you just take the pain everything will be fine, is the moment you realize life isn't so bad."

McCants on his YBG clothing line: "YBG is my self expression to show my struggle from where I come from to where I am now! Young black and gifted is what I am through my own eyes. Just remember the motto: Swagger is everything!!!!"

McCants on comparing himself to reading The Bible: "Once you open it up and start to read it, you find out things that you've never really seen or heard before. And I think that really describes me."

And finally, a few lines from my favorite Rashad McCants poem entitled 'Hustle and Cream':

No love, your hearts sink in mud, valentine let Cupid make stupid a drug.
Should have held those words when your vision was blurred,
Complain at dinner about the chicken that's burned.
Attorney wanna talk about money that's earned.
Even Jordan gave brothers a real lesson to learn.

Deep. All of it.


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PICTURE OF THE DAY

ALL DOLLED UP...You might not peg these glamorous gals as L.P.G.A. pros until you check out the tan lines.

From left to right: Suzann Pettersen, Nicole Castrale, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Shi Hyun Ahn , Stacy Prammanasudh, Paula Creamer and Natlaie Gulbis during the Welcome Party prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions at Tanah Merah Country Club on February 27, 2008 in Singapore.


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PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

EMBASSY...Asia, it's different.

Two boys dressed as giant golf balls watch the tournament during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions golf tournament held on Thursday Feb. 28, 2008 in Singapore.


(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 3

THE CRAZY EX-WIVES CLUB PRESIDENTS, AUSTRALIAN AND U.S. DIVISIONS...? No, the next captains for the President's Cup.

Greg Norman, left, and PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem pose with the President's Cup trophy as Fred Couples looks on via satellite after Norman and Couples were named captains for the 2009 President's Cup at PGA National on February 26, 2008 in North Palm Beach, Florida.


The biennial team competition is to be held at San Francisco's Harding Park Golf Course.


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