Friday, February 26, 2010

BLUE DEVILS TOO MUCH FOR TULSA (OR UNC DRINKING GAME UPDATED AGAIN)

NO. 5 (drink) DUKE (drink) 70, Tulsa (Golden Hurrciane (drink), 4,165 students, Tulsa, OK) 52 – Nolan “I Still Need A Nickname” Smith had 18 points, Kyle “Twilight” Singler added 17 and No. 5 Duke (drink) pulled away to beat Tulsa on Thursday night.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer (make a crazy face and drink II) finished with 15 points for the Blue Devils (drink) (24-4). Coach K’s (drink) squad used an big run early in the second half to break open a surprisingly tight game and extend their decade-long nonconference winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium (drink) to 77.

Jerome Jordan had 12 points to lead the Golden Hurricane (drink) (19-9). In losing their fourth straight, they finished with a season-low point total and were denied the first victory against a top-five team since 1996.

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

(Seriously, "Golden Hurricane" -- that's just too good to pass up.)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

(MOLSON) GOLDEN CELEBRATION. To the delight of a packed house, the Canadian women’s hockey team won the gold medal yesterday defeating their American rivals 2-0.

This triggered a celebration rarely seen by our typically humble and mild-mannered neighbors in the North who promptly broke out champagne, beer and cigars for a celebration right there at center ice.

Nice, Canadians, NICE!

Clearly taking advantage of Canada’s liberal drinking age (which the T.A.H. Worldwide Vice Research Department estimates to be approximately “12-years-old”) and embracing Castro’s lone contribution to the good of mankind – the Cuban cigar – (OK, maybe he’s got two if you count the Buena Vista Social Club), the winners drank, danced, rolled around on the ice, snapped photos and took joyrides on the Zamboni. They were a bar, a pole and some Chippendales away from Bizarro World Coyote Ugly.

Which prompts the question "Who left the keys in the Zamboni, damn it?!?"

Apparently, some higher authority, we presume the Canadian Olympic Committee, deemed this somewhat inappropriate and asked the ladies to apologize. Which, of course, being polite Canadians, they promptly did.

Word on the street is that Scotty Lago ratted-out the gold medal winners to TMZ and it all went down ice from there...











(Photos by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

TAR HEEL DRINKING GAME UPDATED AND OTHER ACC GAMES

FLORIDA STATE 77, NORTH CAROLINA 67 – The special silver Nike/Jordan uniforms looked cool, but they didn’t help UNC stop thier skid (drink) as FSU’s Chris Singleton scored 19 points and the Noles hit 11 three-pointers (drink) while beating the Tar Heels (drink) Wednesday night.

Deividas Dulkys scored 17 and hit five treys off the bench to help the Seminoles (20-7, 8-5 ACC) post a 20-win season (any mention of 20 win season - drink twice) and guarantee themselves at least a break-even record in league play. Both could be critical for their NCAA tournament (any mention of Big Dance - drink twice) chances.

It was Florida State's first win in Chapel Hill since 2000 (drink) and marked the first time in 13 years that the Seminoles have won two straight in a series long dominated by the Tar Heels.

The Seminoles controlled this one from the start, going 9-for-15 from 3-point range in the opening half (drink) and capitalizing on repeated turnovers to open a 48-33 lead at the break.

Derwin Kitchen had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Seminoles.

Will Graves scored 21 points to lead North Carolina (14-14, 3-10) (drink, drink, drink). The Tar Heels shot 42 percent and got as close as nine points in the final minute.

Jack Bauer (drink 24 times).

See, all better now.

To read more in the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

BOSTON COLLEGE 80, VIRGINIA TECH 60 – There must be night when Seth Greenberg simply wants to scream…and scream…and scream…

Last night had to be one of those nights as Boston College junior Joe Trapani scored 17 points - all in the first half - and classmate Rakim Sanders scored 15 points - including his 1000th career point - to lead Boston College to a win over Virginia Tech before 4,632 fans in Conte Forum.

Junior Corey Raji tallied 13 points and senior Tyler Roche netted 10 points for the Eagles. Sophomore Reggie Jackson registered five points, eight rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.

The Eagles shot 50.9 percent from the floor, while limiting Virginia Tech to 31.1 percent shooting. BC gained a 49-28 rebounding advantage.

BC never trailed in the contest. Led by three three-pointers from Trapani, the Eagles jumped out to a 15-2 lead just four minutes into the contest.

To read more in the Boston Globe, click here.

MARYLAND 88, CLEMSON 79 – Sean “Sugar” Mosley scored 20 points, Greivis “There Is No ‘G’ In Team, Nor Is There A ‘V’” Vasquez had 15 points and 13 assists, and Maryland rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat Clemson 88-79 Wednesday night.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Terrapins, who trailed 31-16 in the first half and 52-40 shortly after halftime. Jason “Not the Gun Toting or Motorcycle Crashing” Williams scored 18 and Eric Hayes added 15 for Maryland, which solidified its hold on second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Demontez Stitt led Clemson with 15 points. The Tigers (19-8, 7-6) appeared poised to win a fourth straight ACC game for the first time since 1996-97 before Maryland took control with a 12-0 run.

To read more in the Washington Post, click here.

T.A.H. DISCOVERS SOURCE OF RECENT WAHOO HOOPS WOES

Everything was going along swimmingly for rookie head coach Tony Bennett at the University of Virginia...

Removed from the cold, wet, vampire and grunge infested great Northwest, Bennett was set to make a mark on ACC basketball. In January, his hoops squad had sole-possession of the league lead, and his home court was looking like the stone-cold-lead-pipe-lock for a win that it was in its debut season a few years back.

Undersized, thought by many to be under-talented and picked for last by the ACC media, the Cavaliers were making the best of the talents of top guard Sylvan Landesberg as well as rock-solid contributions from Mike Scott and Sammy Zeglinski. A solid ACC season seemed a given and a return to the Big Dance was being penciled in by the Hooville faithful.

Then it all hit the skids. After opening up 14-6 (5-2 ACC), the Wahoos have now lost six straight ACC games to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Florida State, Clemson and Miami. The Cavaliers have cratered from first to eighth (5-8) in the league.

What happened?

Sources close to Virginia Tech basketball and two little know Hokie booster groups known as Hokie On-Line Omnipresent Internet Enthusiasts (HOOIE) and Boosters Unlimited Love and Lies Specifically to Hoist the Institution’s Tremendousness (BULLSHIT) have told T.A.H. that savvy operatives of the two groups have kidnapped their arch-rival's head coach and replaced him with Papa Johns Pizza founder John Schnatter.

Schnatter bears a striking resemblance to Bennett.

Growing up, Schnatter was a high school basketball fan at Jeffersonville High school in the hoops-crazed state of Indiana. He went on to become a college basketball fan at Ball State University. He once owned the same sweater as coaching legend Bobby Knight and is rumored to have thrown assorted objects at Papa Johns employees over the years that he built the company into one of the largest pizza franchises in America.

Upon graduation, he sold his beloved 1971 Chevrolet Camaro and used the coin to buy Mick’s Lounge where he started selling his besotted customers crappy pizza.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Schnatter was replaced as Papa Johns CEO in 2005 which gave him more time to build his resume and hone his skills as a college basketball fan. He was most recently in the news when he warned Americans on CNN not to eat too much pizza.

Sources from HOOIE and BULLSHIT also told T.A.H. that the original “Operation Wahoo's The Coach” called for Virginia’s head coach to be replaced surreptitiously by the other Tony Bennett. The ancient crooner was reportedly excited about the new gig and was said to be working on a arrangement of “I Left My Heart in John Paul Jones Arena” for home game pre-game introductions.

After a serious of meetings and focus groups, the Hokie boosters HOOIE and BULLSHIT determined that the Grammy winning singer (r) “simply didn’t know enough about basketball” to effectively execute the ruse.

*Items in italics may not be true.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NORTH AMERICAN SWEEP. When Cathleen Martini, the German bobsledder who was a heavy favorite to win Gold in the two-women bobsled, was disqualified after a spectacular crash, the stage was set for a North American medal sweep – a first in Olympic history.

Here, the Canada-1 women bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries (c-l) and brakeman Heather Moyse (c-r) celebrate winning gold in the two-man bobsleigh event with Canada-2 silver medalists, pilot Helen Upperton (Bottom-l) and brakeman Anne Shelley-Brown (l) and bronze medalists the USA-2 pilot Erin Pac (bottom-r) and brakeman Elana Meyers (r) in the Vancouver Winter Olympics at the Whistler sliding centre on February 24, 2010.

(Photo by Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images and Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 1

ALPINE DRAMA. Lindsey Vonn crashed during the Giant Slalom causing her teammate Julia Mancuso’s run to be stopped midway. Mancuso, who won the Gold in the event at Torino, then had to wait some 13 racers for her do over. Mancuso, who was 3/10ths of a second behind the leader at the split prior to being “yellow flagged,” wasn’t as fast or fresh in her second run finishing in 18th place overall and 1.3 seconds behind the leader.

Vonn broke her finger. Mancuso had a meltdown.

Tears, frustration, more tears and lots of drama ensued.

To read more, click here.

(Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT and AP Photos)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NO CHICKEN. Never mind the lid, Italian rider Valentino Rossi of Fiat Yamaha Team powers through a corner during a test session at the Sepang Circuit in Sepang near Kuala Lumpur on February 25, 2010.

MotoGP world champion Rossi said he could keep racing for another two or three years, as the Italian completed two days of testing for the upcoming 2010 MotoGP season on a new improved Yamaha.


(Photo by Kamarul Akhir/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

IT’S DOWN THERE SOMEWHERE. Russia and Canadian players vie for the puck at the Canadian net during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarter-finals game between Russia and Canada at the Canada Hockey Place during the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada on February 24, 2010.

Canada won 7-3 sending Russia and NHL Superstar Alex Ovechkin home (or back to the NHL, whichever the case may be.) The U.S. team also won to advance.

(Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

BIG MAC DADDY HAMBURGER HELPERS HEADED TO TOBACCO ROAD

And as far as the Tar Heels are concerned, not a moment too soon…

The McDonald's All American Basketball Games selection committee announced final rosters last week for the 33rd annual Boys Game and UNC has landed three players and Duke has at least one headed to Durham. A half-dozen Big Macs are still uncommitted.

Joining Harrison Barnes (Ames, Iowa, 6-8, 210 lbs, F) at North Carolina (all photos) will be Kendall Marshall (Dumfries, Virginia, 6-4, 195 lbs, G) and Reggie Bulloch (Kinston, North Carolina, 6-7, 190 lbs, G). Kyrie Irving (West Orange, New Jersey, 6-3, 187 lbs, G) will be heading to Durham for a four-year three-point-point shooting and referee chewing seminar.

"Year after year I am impressed with the extraordinary high school talent the McDonald's All American Games brings to the forefront of the basketball world," said Alonzo Mourning, captain of the McDonald's All American Advisory Council.

The 2010 McDonald's All American Boys Team features the nation's best high school basketball talent, including Harrison Barnes (Ames High School - Ames, Iowa - UNC), the top-ranked player in the ESPNU 100. Also taking the floor will be local star, Jared Sullinger (Northland High School - Columbus, Ohio), Brandon Knight (Pine Crest Academy - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep - Henderson, Nev.) and Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick High School - Elizabeth, N.J.).

This year, 48 players were selected from 2,150 nominees by a committee of basketball experts. They were chosen not only for their on-court skills, but for their performances off the court as well. Coach Morgan Wootten, who had more than 1,200 wins as head basketball coach at DeMatha High, is chairman of the selection committee. In addition, legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, who has been involved in the McDonald's All American Games since its inception, serves as chairman of the Games.

Since 1977, more than 950 players have competed in the McDonald's All American Games, forming an elite list that includes some of the top names in basketball history. McDonald's All American athletes include NBA greats Alonzo Mourning (retired), Magic Johnson (retired), Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets),

The game will be played on March 31 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Boys Game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPN.

The full rosters are available on http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/.

(Photos from Barnes family, and Mary Chind/ Des Moines Register)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm

Apparently US snowboarder Scotty Lago may have used his bronze medal to score some chicks after representing his country and his home boys so honorably in Vancouver. Also, apparently, the U.S. Olympic Committee wasn’t amused when these photos hit the Internet.

Now, to put this in perspective, it’s important to know that the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee has outfitted the Olympic Village with 100,000 condoms – yep, not a misprint 100,000 CONDOMS.

Now one would think that a “100,000 condom environment” wouldn’t be that sensitive to a little bit of medal hanky-panky. But, alas, one would be wrong.

Lago agreed to leave the Olympic Village on his own accord, but sources say he received an ultimatum from the U.S. Olympic Committee: Apologize or get up on outta here.

Lago can't talk about the incident until March 3. If he plays his cards right, he won’t sober up until then.

For the meantime, he will keep his medal around his neck or in his pants where (at least according to the U.S. Olympic Committee) it belongs…

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

MIAMI 74, VIRGINIA 62 – Dwayne Collins scored 18 points to lead Miami past Virginia on Tuesday night.

Julian Gamble scored a season-high 13 points and James Dews added 13 for Miami (18-9, 4-9 ACC), which had lost its past two games.

Virginia (14-12, 5-8), which lost its sixth straight game, was led by Sylven Landesberg's 27 points.

He scored eight consecutive points on three jump shots to give Virginia a 28-26 advantage during a back-and-forth first half, but Miami led 33-32 at the break.

Collins scored eight points as Miami went on an 18-5 run to turn a tie at 40 into a 58-45 lead with just over 6 minutes left.

To read more in the Miami Herald, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE NEW KNIGHT. Fans hold signs about Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Goldey-Beacom College, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia U won 76-65, and Magee passed Bob Knight for the NCAA career record with 903 wins.

To celebrate, Magee threw a chair and choked a player.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GOLDEN GAFF. Gold medallist, South Korea's Seung-Hoon Lee (r), celebrates as Netherland's Sven Kramer (l) looks on after being disqualified, at the end of the the Men's 10,000m speedskating race at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, outside Vancouver, during the 2010 Winter Olympics on February 23, 2010.

Kramer’s coach told the skater to change lanes, committing “the biggest moment of sporting stupidity that we will see at these Games.”

To read more, click here.

(Photo by Dimitar Kildoff/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

DELUSIONAL. Evgeni Plushenko's long, delusional journey continued this week and he awarded himself a platinum medal on his official website saying: "Silver of Salt Lake, Gold of Torino, Platinum of Vancouver." What's impressive here is that not only has Plushenko's website team fabricated an Olympic medal, it designed a platinum medal, too.

Later yesterday, somebody came to their senses and removed the item from Plushenko’s site.

Nice, Evgeni, NICE!

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

ANOTHER FIRST. Americas great run at the Olympics continued yesterday when our squad won a medal for the first time ever in Nordic Combined. The sport which combines ski jumping and cross country skiing joined the five-ringed menu in 1924.

(l-r) Bill Demong of the US and compatriots Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Brett Camerota react after the men's Nordic Combined team 4x5 km at the Whistler Olympic Park during the Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 23, 2010. Austria claimed gold in the Nordic Combined team competition with the US finishing second and Germany claiming bronze.

(Photo credit should read Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ACC POLE BLUES

ACC basketball hit a historic low Monday, landing only one team in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time EVER.

Wake Forest (18-7), which had been ranked No. 23 last week, dropped out of the poll Monday after losses at Virginia Tech and N.C. State.
That left Duke (23-4), which moved up one spot to No. 5, as the only ACC team ranked by The AP.

"Others Receiving Votes" were Virginia Tech (76), Maryland (57), Wake Forest (2) and Clemson (1).

Before Monday, the ACC had always had at least two AP-ranked teams since the rankings expanded from a Top 20 to a Top 25 at the start of the 1989-90 season.

The last time the ACC had just one ranked team was the poll of Dec. 13, 1977, when there were only 20 teams in the rankings.

Both the Big 12 and the Big East lead the current poll with five ranked teams. The Big Ten has four ranked teams, and the SEC has three.

Monday, February 22, 2010

SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 6 DUKE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 55 – Kyle “Twilight” Singler had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Nolan "I Need A Nickname, How About Captain John" Smith added 23 points and No. 6 Duke pulled away late to beat Virginia Tech on Sunday night.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer had 15 points for the Blue Devils (23-4, 11-2 ACC) who used a late 14-4 run to overcome their only deficit of the second half and earn their sixth straight victory.

Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's leading scorer, finished with 19 points for Virginia Tech (21-5, 8-4) in spite of early foul trouble. The Hokies are now 1-17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Delaney’s three-pointer capped a 13-5 run and put the Hokies up 45-44 with 9:55 left.

But, Duke’s Smith followed with a three-point play and scored seven points during the decisive stretch that followed. Scheyer finished Duke’s run with a 3 that made it 60-49 with 4:15 to play.

Game over.

Duke's three Ss - Singler, Scheyer and Smith - combined for all but four of the team's points.

Dorenzo Hudson added 12 points for the Hokies, who had their five-game ACC winning streak snapped, a run that was their longest since joining the league. They were trying to beat North Carolina and Duke in the same season for the first time since 2007 - also the last time they reached the NCAA tournament.

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

(Photos by Chuck Liddy/NewsObserver.com)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

Clifford Stoll is a U.S. astronomer and author. He received his Ph.D. from University of Arizona in 1980 (the same year he bought that denim shirt). Stoll has written three books and a slew of magazine articles including this one from 1995 published by Newsweek titled “The Internet? Bah!” where Stoll explained why you wouldn’t be reading this some fifteen years later…

This anti-cyberspace diatribe is assumedly part of the larger 1995 book, Silicon Snake Oil, where Stoll now imfamously called the prospect of e-commerce "baloney,” and raised questions about the influence and benefits of the Internet.

Along the way, he made various predictions about e-commerce (calling it unviable due to a lack of personal contact and secure online funds transfers) and the future of printed news publications ("no online database will replace your daily newspaper") while noting that you can't tote that "laptop to the beach."
Oops.

Stoll also worked as an engineer for a radio station and a computer cop (he played a major role in catching a big-time hacker in the 1980s.

Today he sells blown glass bottles on the…drum roll, please...internet!! He also teaches eighth-grade physics and is a amateur radio operator (‘cause, as you know, that Ham Radio thing is gonna catch on any day now…)

(Editor’s Note: Props to computer whiz Edward Payne for the tip.)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

BODES WELL. Bode Miller of the USA won the Gold Medal in the Men's Alpine Skiing Super Combined on Day 10 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games on February 21, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.


(Photos by Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Imiages and Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MINOR MIRACLE. Canadian and American hockey fans take to the streets following the Canada vs. USA match during a preliminary round of the Olympic Games on February 21, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

An upset of sorts, USA won 5-3 and will now be heading to quarterfinals.


(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WHAT NEXT, ICE HOCKEY? If it weren’t enough that China already is conquering the world in such important categories as cheaply manufacturing unnecessary plastic objects and world-class pollution, now they’ve set their sights on curling.

Here, the Chinese players celebrate their victory over Canada in the women's curling round robin session 9 matches at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 21, 2010.

(Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

TERPS WIN WITH RARE BUZZER BEATER

If the rising temperatures and melting snow didn’t tip you off that we’re easing our way closer to March (the best basketball month of the year), Maryland’s last second win over Georgia Tech surely tipped you off.

With 1:20 left in the game Maryland’s Eric Hayes made a three pointer to give the Terps a 71-68 lead. With 55 second left, Derrick Favors pulled the Jackets within one at 70-71. Twenty-one second later D’Andre Bell gave Tech the lead, but ten seconds after that Greivis Vasquez nailed a jumper to put the Terps back on top.

Not so fast – with two second remaining Derrick Favors made a putback on a missed Iman Shumpert jumper and Georgia Tech was back in front 74-73. The Terps took the ball out and Greivis Vasquez made a running one-hander at the buzzer to give Maryland the improbable victory…

Well…no.

Assistant coach (and former Terp player) Keith Booth had called timeout so Vasquez’s shot didn’t count so the Terps got the ball with 1.5 seconds. Of course, Terps head coach Gary Williams ordered up the timeout so he could get his guys to run a called play where either Hayes or Vasquez slides off a pick at half-court, catches the inbound pass and nails the jump shot to win the game.

No problem.

But, wait, that wasn’t Hayes or Vasquez catching the inbounds pass, but Cliff Tucker, a backup guard.

Didn’t matter.

Tucker buried a three-pointer as time expired and the Terps were 76-74 winners over a stunned Georgia Tech.
Asked if he ever took that shot in practice, Tucker replied, "I've never been that guy. In fact, I'm usually on the (backup) team going against the starters."

The wild finish overshadowed a milestone performance by Maryland senior Greivis Vasquez, who scored 18 to become the sixth player in school history to reach the 2,000-point mark.

Vasquez is the first ACC player to have at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds. He now has 2,013 points to trail only Juan Dixon, Len Bias, Albert King, Adrian Branch and John Lucas on Maryland's career list.

Eric Hayes scored 15 for Maryland and Jordan Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds. The victory gave the Terrapins (19-7, 9-3) sole possession of second place in the ACC.
Favors had 21 points and 18 rebounds, both season highs, and Iman Shumpert scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (18-9, 6-7). Georgia Tech is 1-6 on the road in the ACC and has lost nine straight to Maryland since February 2004.

Maryland had not won a game on the final shot since 2003.

To read more from the Baltimore Sun, click here.

(Photos by Jonathan Newton-Washington Post)

SATURDAY ACC HOOPS

CLEMSON 72, VIRGINIA 49 – Jerai Grant tied a career best with 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting as Clemson beat Virginia on Saturday.

The Tigers (19-7, 7-5 ACC) never trailed in this one, finishing a three-game homestand perfect to state their case for an NCAA bid and move back into the top half of the ACC.

Clemson shot 51.9 percent and made 12 of 13 free throws.
The freefall continues for Virginia (14-11, 5-7), who lost its fourth game in seven days and is 2-6 since first-year coach Tony Bennett opened with three ACC wins in a row.

The Cavaliers shot just 35 percent from the field, were 2 of 13 on 3-pointers and put up at least five airballs. It was the fourth straight game they've shot under 38 percent overall.

To read more from the Charlotte Observer, click here.

N.C. STATE 69, NO. 23 WAKE FOREST 54 – Sid’s Kids hadn't won an ACC game since they upset of Duke on Jan. 20. Six of the Wolfpack’s seven league losses since had come by at least nine points with two against struggling rival UNC, which has just three league victories.

None the less, Farnold Degand hit two 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run that helped the Wolfpack beat Wake Forest on Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Tracy Smith scored 14 points to lead the Wolfpack (15-13, 3-10), who led the entire game but needed three straight 3s from Degand and Javi Gonzalez with about 6 minutes left to get firm control.

N.C. State has now beaten the Demon Deacons (18-7, 8-5) five straight in Raleigh.

To read more Raleigh News & Observer, click here.

BOSTON COLLEGE 71, NORTH CAROLINA 67 – Reggie Jackson, making his first start of the season at point guard Saturday, scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lift the Eagles to a win over the struggling Tar Heels.

Jackson said Boston College focused all week on controlling North Carolina's fast-break offense.

Corey Raji had 16 points and Rakim Sanders added 14 for BC (13-13, 4-8 ACC) which won for the second time in six games.

Deon Thompson paced North Carolina (14-13, 3-9) with 17 points and nine rebounds. The Tar Heels, who shot 39 percent, lost their ninth in 11 games. It is the Tar Heels' worst stretch since losing 11 of 12 in 2001-02.

"It's a frustrating time for us, the most frustrating time I've ever had in coaching, there's no question about that," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "Some way, somehow we gotta keep trying to do the best we can do."

To read more from the Boston Globe, click here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You need some breaks at times during the year. We got one there. We played well enough to be in a position to get that break."

-- Maryland head coach Gary Williams on Cliff Tucker’s buzzer beater to beat Georgia Tech.

BIG GAME TONIGHT FOR HOKIES AT DUKE

The Virginia Tech Hokies have restablished themselves as an ACC contender locked in a tie for second place while Malcom Dulaney has become a legitimate candidate for Player of the Year. Tonight, the Hokies (21-4, 8-3 ACC) travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to face No. 6 Duke (22-4, 10-2) in pursuit of a “quality win.”

The Charlotte Observer’s Key Tysiac previews the game for ACC Now – click here.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

OHYES. Bronze medalist US' Apolo Anton Ohno celebrates during the flower ceremony of the Men's Short Track Speedskating 1000m event at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver during the XXI Winter Olympics on February 20, 2010.




(Photos by David Hecker/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GOLD FLYER. Switzerland's Simon Ammann makes his first competition jump during the Men's large hill individual competition. He won the gold medal as he did in the short hill competition.

(Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky - AP)

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