Saturday, February 13, 2010

SHOULD SID LOWE POLISH UP HIS RESUME?

Nothing said pending termination like an “endorsement” from the Athletic Director. How many times has an A.D. come out mid-season and “endorsed” the coach of a struggling team only to say at the end of that season that the school has decided to “go in another direction.”

Short answer: A lot.

Oops.

Despite a last-place standing in the ACC, N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler said he has been impressed with the Wolfpack's work ethic and attitude in coach Sidney Lowe's fourth season.
"We're disappointed to be 2-8," Fowler said Friday. "We want to be 8-2, but we're encouraged by how this group is playing and the group of players we're adding next season."

Fowler, who hired Lowe in April 2006 after a lengthy search process, added that Lowe will be the Wolfpack's coach next season.

"He's our coach, and he deserves a chance," Fowler said. "He knows he has to turn it around and play at the top of the league."

Lowe, whose coaching record is 65-57 overall and 17-41 in the ACC, has signed guards Ryan Harrow and Lorenzo Brown to join the program next fall. Forward C.J. Leslie, a Raleigh product who was named to the McDonald's All-American team on Thursday, could also join the class.

CAROLINA BASKETBALL CELEBRATES 100 YEARS

In spite of a mediocre season, legions of UNC basketball enthusiasts gathered last night at the Dean Dome to celebrate UNC basketball’s 100% anniversary. And why not celebrate five NCAA Championships?

The celebration featured a scrimmage where the Blue team beat White team 71-70. The event featured roughly 70 former alumni age 89 to 21, multiple video montages and interviews, and a halftime tribute to former coach Dean Smith.

To see more images, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NOT SO GREAT. The Vancouver 2010 games got off to a rocky start. Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a practice run, the Men’s Downhill was postponed due to warm weather and one arm of the Olympic Cauldron refused to emerge from the stage for the climactic moment of the Opening Ceremonies.

Other than that, it was a lovely ceremony in an amazingly beautiful locale.

Here, the Great One Wayne Gretsky and wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, prepare to light the Olympic flame with the help of speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, basketball player Steve Nash and Alpine skier Nancy Greene.

(Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Friday, February 12, 2010

BASKETBALL GODS CLEARLY NOT HAPPY WITH UNC

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, in what's already been a difficult, injury-filled season, North Carolina announced Friday morning that sophomore forward Ed Davis will be sidelined at least six weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist.

Davis broke the lunate bone in his left wrist when he fell to the floor in a collision with 9 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in Wednesday's 64-54 loss to Duke. He is the Tar Heels' leading rebounder and shot blocker, and their second-leading scorer.

His wrist will be immobilized for at least the next six weeks. Tests Thursday showed a fracture but not ligament damage. Surgery is not planned at this time.

North Carolina (13-11, 2-7 ACC), which has lost seven of its last eight games, plays host to N.C. State at 4 p.m. Saturday.

WELL, AT LEAST HE DIDN’T SAY THE “R” WORD

Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina might have wanted to quote White House Chief of Staff Rob Emanuel and say his Heels are playing like a bunch of “f*****g r****ds,” instead he made a comment comparing his disappointment in his struggling team’s season to the suffering in Haiti.
Oops. Retraction time.

"In no way am I equating the tragedy in Haiti with basketball,’’ the Hall of Fame coach said in a prepared statement released by the school. "I’m sorry that my statement at the press conference made it seem like I was comparing the two. The people of Haiti are suffering through unimaginably difficult times. I know very well that we are just playing a game."

Sara Palin backed the embroiled Ol’ Roy just like she did Rush Limbaugh when he used the “r” word three times last week on his show noting that, just like Rush, Roy used the Haitian reference as “satire” and that, according to the First Alaskan, makes it all good.

NO MATTER WHO WINS, A RIVALRY IS A RIVALRY

Even facing the glum reality of no trip to the Big Dance just after a loss at home to arch rival Duke, the Carolina faithful aren’t yet inclined to back down. The zingers just keep on coming including this YouTube clip titled “Best Jeopardy Answer Ever.”

DUKE’S THOMAS BANGED UP

Although Duke senior forward Lance Thomas is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against Maryland, his medical tests turned out well for the Blue Devils on Thursday.

Early in the second half of Wednesday night's 64-54 win at North Carolina, Thomas was carried off to the locker room following a collision with Tar Heels point guard Larry Drew II.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he thought the injury was serious, but tests showed only a severe bone bruise to his right knee. Thomas did not suffer any ligament damage and hasn't yet been ruled out of Saturday's game.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE OLYMPICS ARE COMING. Erin Hamlin of United States competes in the women's luge practice held at The Whistler Sliding Centre ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. The Opening Ceremony is tonight.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

ME, ANNOYING? ESPN the magazine did a piece on Wake Forest’s Charles McFarland. You gotta love the photo. If you’re an ESPN Insider (or subscriber to ESPN The Magazine), you can read the story by clicking here.

(Photo by R. Jerome Ferraro for ESPN The Magazine)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

HUMP NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 8 DUKE 64, NORTH CAROLINA 54 – Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer scored 24 points and Kyle Singler added 19 points for the Blue Devils (20-4, 8-2 ACC), who shot poorly all night and couldn't make much of anything in close. But boasting a bigger and tougher front line than in years past, Duke dominated the boards and got plenty of extra looks to make up for all those misses.

Duke hit nine 3-pointers, but shot 32 percent overall and went 13 for 51 (25 percent) from inside the arc.

Carolina’s defense was better, but they simply have no consistency on offense. Deon Thompson and Ed Davis continue to disappear for long stretches.

To read more in the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

MIAMI 64, NO. 20 GEORGIA TECH 62 – James Dews made a 15-footer at the buzzer Wednesday night to give Miami a 64-62 victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech.

Dews missed the front end of a one-and-one with 19 seconds left, and Iman Shumpert sank a layup for Tech to tie the game with 10 seconds to go. That capped a comeback by the Yellow Jackets, who trailed by 14 early in the second half.

Following a timeout, the Hurricanes moved the length of the court and Durand Scott fed Dews, who faked out a defender before swishing his shot. Dews then leaped into a mob of jubilant teammates.

To read more from the Miami Herald, click here.

CLEMSON 77, FLORIDA STATE 67 – David Potter and Andre Young each had career highs of 19 points as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Florida State with a victory Wednesday night.

The Tigers (17-7, 5-5 ACC) had come in having lost four of five this season, the one-time ACC contenders in danger of falling even further out of the muddled league chase.

Instead, Potter and Young's outside shooting proved the difference against the taller, stronger front line of Florida State (17-7, 5-5.

To read more in Charleston Post and Courier, click here.
VIRGINIA TECH 72, N.C. STATE 52 – Virginia Tech jumped out to a big early lead and never trailed to defeat NC State, 72-52, in ACC basketball action Wednesday night at the RBC Center. Tech improves to 19-4 overall and 6-3 in league play, while the Wolfpack falls to 14-11 and 2-8 in the ACC.

The Hokies hit their first 10 shots and took a 26-7 lead with 10:59 remaining in the first half on a lay-up by JT Thompson and led 34-23 at the intermission. State was able to cut the lead to 38-31 two minutes into the second half, but could get no closer.

Dorenzo Hudson led all scorers with 23 points and Malcolm Delaney added 15 points and five assists for the Hokies. Jeff Allen scored 14 points and Thompson came off the bench to contribute 12 points. Dennis Horner led the Pack with 13 points.

To read more in the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

IRATE (AND IDIOTIC) HOKIE FANS STILL DOG SEAN GLENNON

Sean Glennon was the MVP of the 2007 ACC Championship Game, but ended his career on the bench after being replaced by Tyrod Taylor. Some group of psycho Hokie fans continue to dog Glennon even now that he’s a mortgage broker in Fairfax, VA.

Glennon sent an email to his Westfield High School connection as part of his job-seeking networking. One of his old mates leaked his personal email and phone numbers, and now he is receiving a string of ranting emails and phone messages.

Like we said, idiots…

Get a life, people.

To read more in the Roanoke Times, click here.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

Former Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough is honored by having his number retired at half-time of the North Carolina vs. Duke game. UNC athletic director Dick Baddour, and UNC chancellor Holden Thorp stand with Hansbrough during the ceremony.

Here, Hansbrough sits on the bench with UNC head coach Roy Williams prior to the game.

(Photoa by Chuck Liddy and Robert Willet Raleigh News & Observer)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEEL DRINKING GAME

By Ranzino4three

(Editor's note: If you enjoy this item, click on the T.A.H. header above for an update. Feel free to look around! Scroll down for more insight and laughs...)

1. Any time Larry Drew II is shown adjusting his mouthpiece on live tv, DRINK II.

2. Whenever Deon Thompson gets stripped of the ball going up for a shot, DRINK. If it’s by a guard, DRINK TWICE. If it’s by a white guard under 6 feet, SHOT GUN A BEER.

3. Whenever Marcus Ginyard shoots yell NO! Then DRINK. If he misses it, DRINK AGAIN.

4. Turnover by Larry Drew II, DRINK II, turnover by any other player DRINK one.

5. Whenever Deon Thompson or Ed Davis dribble in the open court, DRINK until they pass or pick up their dribble. If their dribbling results in a turnover, DRINK again.

6. Whenever Ol’ Roy turns his back on the game to let the guys on the bench have it, DRINK UNTIL HE TURNS BACK AROUND.

7. If Ol’ Roy calls a timeout to stop a run, DRINK UNTIL THE TIMEOUT IS OVER.

8. If any Tar Heel’s player air balls a free throw: a) if it’s the first of two DRINK UNTIL THE SECOND FREE THROW IS RELEASED; b) if it’s the second free throw, FINISH YOUR BEER.

9. If any Tar Heel’s player air balls a 3 pointer, DRINK 3 TIMES; jumper inside arc, DRINK TWICE. (If Larry Drew II is the player, DRINK 6 for a 3 pointer.)

10. If Ol’ Roy subs 5 players, DRINK.

11. If Ol’ Roy assumes the defensive stance, yelling at his players, encouraging them to play defense, DRINK.

12. Whenever Ol’ Roy benches a player that just hit a 3 pointer, DRINK.

13. Anytime a Tar Heel misses a game due to a sprained ankle, take a shot of Jack Daniels at the time of tip -off in his honor.

14. If Len Elmore is calling the game, you must have a frozen fish stick in your mouth at all times. Whenever he says anything negative about Carolina, take the fish stick out, shake your head and say "fish sticks," then DRINK.

15. Every time Deon Thompson does a finger roll at the basket, DRINK. If he misses, FINISH YOUR DRINK.

16. Whenever Will Graves dribbles in the open court DRINK, DRINK 2 if he turns it over.


17. If Dexter Strickland drives too far under the basket out of control and has nowhere to go, DRINK.

18. If Larry Drew II goes too far under the basket with no clear plan, DRINK II.

19. Every time John Henson gets pulled before he breaks a sweat, DRINK. If he's replaced by
Deon Thompson, DRINK 2.

20. If UNC falls behind by double digits in the first 5 minutes, and Ol’ Roy does not call a time out, SHOTGUN A BEER.

21. If the announcers (or Woody) confuse the Wear twins, DRINK.

22. When Larry Drew II does a flawless between the legs dribble for no reason, then proceeds to make a horrible pass to Deon 30 feet from the basket on a fast break which results in a bad outcome , DRINK.

23. Every time we double down on a "no-threat" big man and leave the opposing team's leading scorer open for a 3, DRINK.

24. When opposing player reaches a new career high, finish your BEER.

25. A shot of your choice for every unused timeout at game's end, but after you take the shot you must indicate to the room whether it was a full timeout or a 30 second timeout.

26. If Deon dives to the floor for a loose ball, SHOTGUN A BEER, once finished, yell either "SAFE" or "YOURE OUT" like an umpire.

27. If Mike Gminski is calling the game, every time they show him on live tv you have to pinch your left ear (to imitate his hoop earring), toast your beer to him and yell "G-MAN", then DRINK. If he is wearing suspenders do the same as above but after you finish the drink pretend to snap your suspenders, then DRINK AGAIN. If his suspenders don’t match his tie, FINISH YOUR BEER.

28. If Dan Bonner is calling the game and he smiles so big you can see either a molar or a filling, DRINK.

29. If Tim Brando is calling the game and he says the phrase "whirling dervish" say "WHAT THE **** IS A WHIRLING DERVISH" then SHOTGUN A BEER.

30. If the Tar Heels beat Duke, go straight to Mardi Gras and DRINK.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

WAKE FOREST 92, BOSTON COLLEGE 85 – Al-Farouq Aminu scored 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Wake Forest to a win over Boston College at Joel Coliseum.

The Deacons had an outstanding night on offense as they shot a season-high 57 percent from the field. Wake's 50 points in the first half were the most in a half all season, and the total of 92 points was second only to the Deacons 96-92 double-overtime win over Xavier earlier in the year.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 17-5 (7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), and currently sits in sole possession of third place in the ACC. Boston College falls to 12-12 (3-7 ACC).

To read more in the Winston-Salem Journal, click here.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez has been named ACC Player of the Week while Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors has earned ACC Rookie of the Week recognition.

In earning the Player of the Week Award for the second time this season and for the sixth time in his career, Vasquez averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds as the Terps moved into sole possession of second place in the ACC with a pair of conference wins.

The Caracas, Venezuela, product led the Terps in points (23), rebounds (7) and assists (7) in a 71-67 road win at Florida State on Thursday. Three days later, Vasquez turned in his 11th career double-double with 26 points and 11 assists in a 92-71 victory over visiting North Carolina. Against the Tar Heels, the 6-6, 200-pound, senior guard was 6-for-11 from 3-point range and had five rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes.


In earning the Rookie of the Week award for the third time this season, Favors averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Jackets split a pair of ACC games. In Wednesday’s 86-67 loss at No. 9 Duke, Favors had eight points, seven rebounds, one blocked shot and a steal. In Saturday’s 73-71 win over NC State, the Atlanta, Ga., freshman had 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. For the week, Favors made good on 10-of-12 (.833) field goal attempts.

EVERYTHING IS CLOSED

Evidently…to retain their FCC licenses, the Washington Metro Area television stations feel compelled to constantly run the “closed crawl.”

Hey, the Tiny Terps Day Care in Takoma Park is closed. SHOCKING.

Here at T.A.H., we believe in efficiency first. So, here’s how it goes: EVERYTHING from UVA up, UM down, east to Washington D.C. and west to WVU is CLOSED. Schools, governments, churches, businesses, crack houses, EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING IS CLOSED.

Enuff already.
T.A.H. worldwide weather looks like this as of 10am EST:

T.A.H. WORLDWIDE MEDIA HEADQUARTERS: 27 degrees, snowing, again, some more. (Hey, at least we got our flag up and all 346 employees safely to work so they can toil for your information and amusement!)
MIAMI
60 degrees, sunny
GREENSBORO26 degrees, mostly sunny
PAPEETE79 degrees, chance of thunderstorms
MOSCOW10 degrees, snow
NEW ORLEANS35 degrees, hungover
LAS VEGAS – 45 degrees, looking for pants

BLAME IT ON THE “WEATHER BEAGLE”

We knew somebody had to be to blame for this crappy weather and, while digging through our T.A.H. Worldwide Media mail bag, we found the culprit. The damn Weather Beagle of Eagle Rock, VA (suburb of Clifton Forge, a suburb of Covington, a suburb of Nicelytown and Longdale…)
Clearly said Weather Beagle needs more than one 12 step sojurn. Here is the update from her master, one Bogart Nicely.

“For the first time in years, Weather Beagle (aka, Wittle Sang, Bat Beagle, Super Beagle, Spy Beagle, Sniper Beagle) agreed with Punxsutawney Phil. Yes there will be plenty more winter for everyone...

However, Weather Beagle has made a few life changing decisions since last years debacle in Tampa with Michael Phelps, Pixters (the Round Kitty), and that infamous drunken after Super Bowl party...

Her Beagleness is pictured here at an interview two Sundays ago after the Grammys (she was seen in the 2nd row behind Beyonce), at a party thrown by the Kings of Leon and Green Day.

Weather Beagle made the announcement in an interview with Bob Bob (the Orange Kitty) that she would be going to rehab...mainly for her wine addiction...(wonder where she got that?) at an unnamed place on the Outer Banks...(same place as Charlie Sheen's wife) and she would be heading to Mississippi for sex rehab (same place as Tiger) for constantly licking her butt and other parts we won’t mention here (family show)...although she staunchly maintains that she “only licks her butt” and she “only did it once.”

Weather Beagle, once dried out, has told sources close to her that she is determined to go to Vegas and become an odds maker – she would become "Beagle the Greek".

Before she checked in on the Outer Banks (which she claimed "sucks in the winter") she made two bold predictions...Colts by 6...and (sorry TAH) UNC won't be in the "Big Dance.”

Umm…Dear Weather Beagle, as Meatloaf once said “two outta three ain’t bad.” How’s that rehab going? Colts Super Bowl prediction not so good, but, so far, you’re spot on about UNC and the weather! Hope you're feeling better.

*Items in italics may not be true.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

…Hmmm.

Here’s a good idea. On a Saturday morning in a college town (not to mention the state capitol), let’s run 2.4 miles, stop, eat one dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, run another 2.4 miles.

Puking is optional.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge, now in its sixth year, sent runners sprinting down Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC from the N.C. State University Memorial Bell Tower to the doughnut shop on Peace Street for a dozen-doughnut interlude and then back to the Bell Tower.
Six thousand runners preregistered for the event, which raises money for the N.C. Children's Hospital. Organizers expected to donate at least $40,000 again this year.

To read more, click here.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm really excited just to come back. It's a big deal for me just to be there. Everybody who wore those jerseys, I watched them all and I have a great deal of respect for them. For me to be in that category is something I take pride in."

- Tyler Hansbrough, who’s No. 50 will be just the eighth jersey number retired by the Tar Heels. The ceremony will take place at halftime of Wednesday’s Duke v. UNC game.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 2

"I don't even go out of the house. I go to class, but I just try to leave the house as little as possible. When things aren't going the way you plan them to, it's kind of hard to be around (the community). I try to get food delivered to the house and just stay in my room.”

– Deon Thompson, UNC.

North Carolina is the only 2009 tournament team struggling. No. 1 seeds from last year’s Dance UConn, Pitt and Louisville are all negotiating bumpier roads this season. The Huskies are 4-6 in the Big East (11th) and 14-9 overall. Pittsburgh (7-4, 18-6) and Louisville (6-4, 15-8) are both second tier Big East teams trailing Syracuse (10-1, 23-1), Villanova (10-1, 21-2), West Virginia and Georgetown in the standings.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

LOOK, A PARADE. We’re sure the municipal workers for the city of New Orleans are delighted that the Saints won the Super Bowl, but having to clean up after a couple hundred thousand people and a parade just a few days before Mardi Gras had to suck…Oh well, at least there weren’t Krispy Kremes everywhere…
Here, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and teammates celebrate during the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Victory Parade as they ride past the Louisiana Superdome on February 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


(Photos by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

VIRGINIA AT MARYLAND HOOPS POSTPONED

With more snow in the forecast for the Washington area, Maryland has postponed Wednesday’s men’s college basketball game against Virginia.

The game will be made up Monday, Feb. 15. The starting time will be announced later.
With another severe storm set to hit the area Tuesday, both schools agreed on the postponement.

The campus has been closed since Friday because of snow.

Monday, February 8, 2010

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY HOOPS

MARYLAND 92, NORTH CAROLINA 71 – Greivis Vasquez had 26 points and 11 assists, and Maryland solidified its hold on second place in the ACC with a victory over the slumping Tar Heels Sunday afternoon.

Eric Hayes scored 16 for the Terrapins (16-6, 6-2), who never trailed after taking a 7-6 lead. Maryland has won four of its last five games against North Carolina, including last year's memorable 88-85 overtime thriller.

Marcus Ginyard led North Carolina (13-10, 2-6) with 17 points and Deon Thompson had 16. It was the sixth loss in seven games for Ol’ Roy’s squad, their worst streak since 2002. The defending NCAA champions are 10th in the ACC, a half-game out of last place.

The game was a sellout, but at least 2,000 seats remained empty because most roads in the Washington area were still covered with the remnants of a major snowstorm. In an effort to fill the arena, the school allowed Maryland students without tickets to enter. Mission accomplished: the Terps are 11-1 at home this season.
To read more in the Washington Post, click here.

To read more on the “Carolina Crash,” click here.

WHERE WE STAND


HOW ‘BOUT DEM SAINTS?




PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

MAKE IT STOP. Pummelled by as much as 32" of snow folks in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. are trying to dig out. The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday call for 5 to 10 more inches on top of the mountains already on the ground.

Nobody is amused except maybe these two Golden Retrievers in Gaithersburg, MD.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BCS SUMMIT. Threatened by government intervention, representatives of the Bowl Championship Series braved the tough Mid-Atlantic weather conditions to convene an emergency meeting at a spa just outside of Washington, D.C…

Actually, these are Japanese Macaque monkeys relaxing in the hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park on January 30, 2010 in Yamanouchi, Japan. This Macaque troop regularly visits the Jigokudani-Onsen springs to escape the cold. This behaviour originates from a female Macaque who ventured into the hot springs to retrieve soybeans in 1963. Sensibly, the male Macaques follow directions.

(Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SNOW DAY HOOPS

WAKE FOREST 64, VIRGINIA 61 – The Demon Deacons overcame a five-point halftime deficit and below-average free throw shooting to post a win in C’ville on a snowy Saturday afternoon at a cooled off New Hotness (JPJA).

The win moved Wake Forest to 4-0 on the season in overtime games. Wake has defeated Richmond, Xavier and Maryland in overtime this year. All those games were at home at the Joel Coliseum. The road overtime win was Wake's first since winning at Bucknell in 2006.

The Deacons trailed 34-29 at the half before tying the game at 35 on a lay-up by Al-Farouq Aminu four minutes into the second half. The Deacons started the half by outscoring Virginia 19-9 to take a 48-43 lead with just over six minutes to play in the game.

The Hoos managed to catch up and force overtime.

To read more from the Winston-Salem Journal, click here.

NO. 21 GEORGIA TECH 73, N.C. STATE 71 – Zac “NBC, Proud As A” Peacock scored 22 points, freshman Derrick Favors added 16, as the Jackets held off North Carolina State.

The Yellow Jackets (17-6, 5-4 ACC) improved to 12-1 at home, and they have won four of six in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech struggled to hold off the last-place Wolfpack, however, despite leading by 16 points with 5:01 remaining.

Switching to a full-court press late in the game, N.C. State (14-10, 2-7) frustrated Georgia Tech into committing several turnovers and possession arrow miscues before Julius Mays stole D'Andre Bell's backcourt pass and hit a layup to make it 70-69 with 2:09 remaining.

After Dennis Horner's two free throws cut the lead to 73-71, the Yellow Jackets again failed to make an accurate inbounds pass from the baseline, and N.C. State had a chance to tie or win the game.

Tracy Smith scored 22 points for the Wolfpack, who have lost four straight in the ACC. Horner finished with 14 points for N.C. State, which had won nine of 12 against Georgia Tech.

To read more, click here.

NO. 10 DUKE 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 63 – The Blue Devils didn't make as many free throws as they usually do. They just made the ones they needed most late the game with the home team desperately trying to rally.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer and Nolan Smith scored 21 points apiece, each hitting two foul shots in the last 26 seconds after No. 10 Duke nearly squandered a 10-point halftime lead and the Blue Devils held on to beat Boston College 66-63 on Saturday.

Duke (19-4, 7-2 ACC) missed five straight free throws in the middle of the game and two more in the final minute, helping BC cut the deficit to 64-63 on Reggie Jackson's long, high-arcing 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. Scheyer was fouled after he received the inbound pass, then made both free throws to force BC to try another 3 for the tie.

To read more from the Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

VIRGNIA TECH 70, CLEMSON 59 – Here’s a few numbers to ponder: 46 – free throw attempts. 38 – free throws made.

Game over.

Malcolm Delaney scored 20 of his game-high 30 points from the free-throw line, tying the school record for free throws made in a game, as Virginia Tech cruised past Clemson at Cassell Coliseum.

Delaney, the ACC’s leading scorer coming into the game at 19.8 points per game and 85 percent free-throw shooter, hit 20 of 23 from the stripe. The 20 free throws equaled the mark set by Dorenzo Hudson against Seton Hall earlier this season and by Terry Penn against the Citadel in 1957.

Tanner Smith, Jerai Grant and David Potter each scored 11 for the Tigers. Trevor Booker, who came into the game averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds for Clemson, finished with just seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. He spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble, playing just 23 minutes.

To read more from the Roanoke Times, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 71, MIAMI 65 – Sophomore Luke Loucks came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points to lead the Noles to a win over Miami on Saturday night.

Solomon Alabi's layup 6 minutes into the second half gave the Seminoles a 42-40 lead and they never trailed again, leading by as many as a dozen points at 59-47.

Florida State (17-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 32-31 at the half on Loucks' jumper that beat the buzzer. Loucks added five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of playing time.
Chris Singleton added 10 points for Florida State, which bounced back from a 71-67 home loss to Maryland on Thursday. James Dews led Miami (16-7, 2-7) with 15 points and Dwayne Collins added 11.

To read more from the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

ACC IN THE SUPERBOWL

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
87 Wayne, Reggie - Miami (FL) $4,160,000 (annual salary)
63 Saturday, Jeff - North Carolina $3,503,840
50 Wheeler, Philip - Georgia Tech $939,000
40 Silva, Jamie - Boston College $295,000
86 Santi, Tom - Virginia $381,780 – Injured Reserve

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
88 Shockey, Jeremy - Miami (FL) $2,425,000
69 Hargrove, Anthony - Georgia Tech N/A
90 Pressley, DeMario - North Carolina State $433,750
51 Vilma, Jonathan - Miami (FL) $4,197,500
59 Waters, Anthony – Clemson $376,120
39 Reis, Chris - Georgia Tech $375,640
31 Prioleau, Pierson - Virginia Tech $833,360
57 Arnoux, Stanley - Wake Forest N/A – Injured Reserve
37 Vaughn, Chip - Wake Forest N/A – Injured Reserve

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY




(Phots by James M. Thresher-For The Washigton Post, James A. Parcell -for The Washington Post and Bill O'Leary-The Washington Post)

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