Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Not (so) Black" Friday Night ACC Hoops

Dorenzo Hudson
VIRGINIA TECH 56, Oklahoma State (Cowboys, 23,522 students, Stillwater, OK) 51 – Virginia Tech closed the game on an 18-6 run to come from behind and defeat previously unbeaten Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the 2010 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Cailf. The victory improves the Hokies to 4-1 overall, while the Cowboys fall to 4-1 on the season.

OSU took a 45-38 lead on a jump shot by Ray Penn with 6:02 remaining in the game. Tech went on a 10-3 run and tied the game at 48-48 with 2:27 remaining on a pair of free throws by Malcolm Delaney. Tech did not make a field goal in the final three and a half minutes, but went 10 for 12 from the line during that stretch to secure the victory, including four consecutive free throws by Delaney in the final 16 seconds.

Delaney led the Hokies with 16 points and was 10-for-11 from the line for the contest. Jeff Allen scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jean-Paul Olukemi came off the bench to lead the Pokes with 17 points and Marshall Moses added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Wisconsin (Badgers, 42,500 students, Madison, WI) 65, BOSTON COLLEGE 55 – Junior Reggie Jackson scored 18 points to lead Boston College in a 65-55 loss to Wisconsin in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic. The Eagles were leading at halftime, but had a complete offensive meltdown in the second frame.

Adrian Bowie
 GEORGIA TECH 71, UTEP (Miners, 17,205 students, El Paso, TX) 61 – Glen Rice Jr. had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a win over UTEP on Friday night in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. Brian Oliver had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia Tech (4-1) and Iman Shumpert scored 13 points.

CLEMSON 69, South Carolina State (Bulldogs, 4,100 students, Orangeburg, SC) 54– Jerai Grant scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as Clemson pulled away from pesky South Carolina State Friday night. Milton Jennings had career highs with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, while Stitt added 14 points.

MARYLAND 76, Elon (Phoenix, 5,671 students, Elon, NC) 57 – Jordan Williams had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Adrian Bowie scored 14, and Maryland dominated Elon after halftime. The Terrapins (5-2) trailed by 11 points with 10 minutes elapsed before closing to 34-31 at the break. Maryland's only lead in the first half was 1-0.

Saturday ACC Football: In-State Rivalries

South Florida @ MIAMI (-11.5), Miami Gardens, Fla., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

VIRGINIA @ VIRGINIA TECH (-23), Blacksburg, Va, 12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network(XM 192/193)(SIRIUS 214)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ Syracuse (-3), Syracuse, N.Y., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

N.C. STATE (-2) @ MARYLAND, College Park, Md., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

Florida @ FLORIDA STATE (-2) Tallahassee, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 192/SIRIUS 214)

South Carolina (-3) @ CLEMSON, Clemson, S.C., 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

WAKE FOREST @ Vanderbilt (-5.5), Nashville, Tenn., 7:30 PM, TV: CSS (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

GEORGIA TECH @ Georgia (-13.5), Athens, Ga., 7:45 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 192/SIRIUS 214)

Pictures of the Day

NO DEBATE HERE. Plenty of debate has swirled around Auburn quarterback Cam Newton who was allegedly for sale when he transferred.  However, yesterday there was no debate who was left standing after Newton led the Tigers to a comeback victory against rival Alabama.  Auburn trailed 24-0 in the second quarter before Newton scored four touchdowns – three throwing and one running to win the game and advance back to the top of the Heisman Trophy leader board.  Here, Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the win at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

KICKER ENDS BCS DEBATE. Well, Ohio State’s president doesn’t have the Broncos to kick around anymore in the “BCS/non-BCS/who is deserving who isn’t” debate.  Last night, previously undefeated #3 Boise State lost to #19 Nevada in overtime squandering a 17 point first half lead.  Here, Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman reacts after missing a 29 yard field goal attempt during overtime. The normally reliable, Brotzman also missed the 26-yard game winner with 2 seconds left in regulation. The BCS boys can now breathe a sigh of relief noting that all will be well if #1 Auburn and #2 Oregon win out. (AP Photo)\
NOT AMUSED.  This Alabama fan wasn’t amused with the rumors that Cam Newton’s father was willing to have him transfer to any program that paid $200,000.  Can’t imagine she felt any differently after the game. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
DID HE GET DRESSED IN THE DARK?  Rafael Nadal of Spain wearing a really awful combo of clothes, accessories, socks and shoes, returns the ball during his men's singles match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic during the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 26, 2010 in London, England. Berdych was horribly distracted by the brut ugliness of Nadal’s ensemble. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
TEXAS FACIAL. Football in the Lone Star state ain’t quite up to snuff this year.  The Longhorns lost at home to rival Texas A&M yesterday handing the boys from Austin their first losing season since 1997. Up the road in Dallas, the 3-8 Cowboys fumbled away a come-from-behind victory against the Saints.  All at once now:  AWWWWW, what a cryin’ shame!  Here, Running back Cyrus Gray #32 of Texas A&M stiff arms Texas defensive end Sam Acho #81 during the second half at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Day ACC Hoops

VIRGINIA TECH 72, CSU Northridge (Matadors, 36,207 students, Northridge, CA) 56 – Dorenzo Hudson scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 2 minutes, as Virginia Tech beat Cal State Northridge in the first round of the 76 Classic on Thursday.

Malcolm Delaney had 17 points and seven assists for the Hokies (3-1), and Jeff Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

BOSTON COLLEGE 67, Texas A&M (Aggies, 38,809 students, College Station, TX) 65 – Reggie Jackson scored 21 points and Joe Trapani added 14 to lead Boston College past Texas A&MThursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.

Jackson scored on a nifty tip-in off an inbound pass with two minutes left and added a jumper one minute later as Boston College (3-1) went ahead 66-62.

Khris Middleton had 19 points for Texas A&M (3-1). David Loubeau scored 15 and B.J Holmes had 14.

Wednesday Night ACC Basketball

Garrett Stutz and Mike Scott
Wichita State (Shockers, 11,763 students, Wichita, KS) 70, VIRGINIA 58  – J.T. Durley had 17 points, Toure Murry added 13 and Wichita State overcame a sluggish start to beat the Wahoos Wednesday in the Maui Invitational's fifth place game.

The Shockers (3-1) fell into a 14-point hole in the game's first 5 minutes, but shot their way out of it, nearly doubling Virginia's point total (66-38) from the midpoint of the first half on. Wichita State was 8 for 16 from 3-point range and had 15 assists on 22 field goals.

Virginia (3-3) finished off its up-and-down tournament with an up-down-down final game. Mike Scott had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Sherrill added 11 points for Virginia, which shot 9 of 28 in the second half.

MIAMI 79, McNeese State (Cowboys, 8,941 students, Lake Charles, LA) 59 – Freshman Rion Brown scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack in Miami's victory over McNeese State on Wednesday night at the BankUnited Center.

Brown, who shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range, was one of six Hurricanes to finish in double figures as Miami (3-2) rebounded from its second loss of the season Sunday at Rutgers.

Grab A Drumstick And A Low Calorie Link Or Two…

*The season didn't go as planned for Wake Forest, but the Deacs have one chance left to end their losing streak.
*Maryland offensive lineman Pete DeSouza, who was injured in a motor scooter accident a month ago, met with reporters for the first time and said he plans on making a comeback this spring.
*Virginia Tech beat Virginia -- in the recruiting battle that meant the most in 2007.
*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is more frustrated about his players' lack of motivation than anything else. That shouldn't be a problem this week. Shouldn't.
*Clemson's defense will have some double trouble against South Carolina.
*Winning its rivalry game can help Duke in a lot of ways.I'm telling you, it's better for FSU to beat Florida than to play in the ACC championship game.
*BC running back Andre Williams will bring a different style than Montel Harris.
*Let the quarterback competition at Miami begin.
*Be warned, Terps -- it only took 9.91 seconds for NC State's T.J. Graham to run a punt return 87 yards for a touchdown.
*BC running back Montel Harris is out for the Syracuse game and possibly the bowl game.
*Year 4 has been a big one for NC State coach Tom O'Brien.
*Virginia Tech's Jayron Hosley is chasing a 43-year-old school record.
*Anthony Allen's transition to B-back has paid off in another 1,000-yard rusher for the Jackets.
*Despite Maryland's loss on Saturday, it's been an impressive season for the Terps.
*Luke Kuechly's production has been simply astounding this year.
*UNC's Kevin Reddick and NC State's Jarvis Williams won't face further punishment for their scuffle this past weekend.
Jimbo Fisher says personal fouls should be reviewable.
Steve Gorten has some bowl scenarios for the Canes.Here's another very thorough look at bowl scenarios.
There's more to Virginia's team than just wins and losses, and it starts at the top.
Clemson's passing game against South Carolina's pass D is something worth watching Saturday.

Pictures of the Day

GOING DOWN. Canadian skier Jan Hudec departs at the start gate during the first training in the Men's Downhill of the FIS Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada, November 24, 2010. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) 
LOOKING DOWN. Rafael Nadal of Spain serves the ball during his men's singles match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 24, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
GOING IN. Tottenham Hotspurs' Gareth Bale (r) celebrates as the ball bounces into the net after Peter Crouch (not seen) scored the third goal against Werder Bremen during the UEFA Champions League group A football match at White Hart Lane in London on November 24, 2010. Tottenham won the game 3-0 and qualify for the knockout phase of the competition. (Photo by Adrain Dennin/AFP)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ACC Tuesday Night Basketball

Kyrie Irving
#1 DUKE 82, #4 Kansas State (Wildcats, 18,778 students, Manhattan, KS) 68 – Freshman guard Kyrie Irving and senior guard Nolan Smith both had 17 points and led No. 1 Duke's outstanding defensive effort on Kansas State's Jacob Pullen as the Blue Devils beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats on Tuesday night to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

Duke (5-0) made sure the sellout crowd of 18,696 at the Sprint Center, most wearing something purple, was never a factor, taking the lead for good 7½ minutes into the game and then going on to lead by 17 points midway through the second half on the way to their 15th straight win.

The victory marked Coach K’s 800th.

VIRGINIA 74, Oklahoma (Sooners, 20,931 students, Norman, OK) 56 – Senior forward Mike Scott scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Virginia to a victory over Oklahoma in a consolation round game at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Tuesday. The double-double was the second of the season and the 20th of his UVa career for Scott.

The victory ended a two-game slide for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 3-2 on the season. Oklahoma also has a record of 3-2.

#25 NORTH CAROLINA 80, UNC Asheville (Bulldogs, 3,629 students, Asheville, NC) 69 – The young Tar Heels almost handed a sparse Dean Dome crowd (including the executives and family of T.A.H. Worldwide Media) an early holiday turkey but righted the ship to knock off the Bulldogs.

Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 23 points and freshman Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels (3-2). But on what appeared to be an easy night, North Carolina couldn't put away the Bulldogs (2-2) and instead found itself protecting a six-point lead with 5 minutes to play.

Tyler Zeller
FLORIDA STATE 79, Mercer (Bears, 5,500 students, Macon, GA) 55 – Xavier Gibson tied his career high with 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 16 points as Florida State cruised to a win over Mercer on Tuesday night.

Chris Singleton had 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Florida State (5-0). Singleton has had a triple-double and three double-doubles in his last four games.

WAKE FOREST 81, Marist (Red Foxes, 4,200 students, Poughkeepsie, NY) 59 – Ty Walker had a school-record 11 blocks, and Travis McKie posted his second double-double to lead Wake Forest past Maris in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

With the win, the Demon Deacons even their record at 3-3. The Red Foxes drop to 0-5 on the season with the loss.

MARYLAND 72, Delaware State (Hornets, 3,400 students, Dover, DE) 54 – Cliff Tucker scored 15 points, Dino Gregory added 14, and Maryland halted a two-game skid by defeating Delaware State Tuesday night.

The victory followed successive defeats against Pittsburgh and Illinois last week at Madison Square Garden. Adrian Bowie scored 11 for the Terrapins (4-2), who finished with a 40-21 rebounding advantage and outscored the Hornets 14-7 at the foul line.

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ACC Basketball Players of the Week

Chris Singleton
Florida State's Chris Singleton has been named the ACC Player of the Week while Wake Forest's Tony McKie was tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week.

Singleton turned in a pair of double-doubles and averaged 22.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots as the Seminoles went 2-0. The Dunwoody, Ga., junior opened the week scoring a career-high 30 points to go along with 12 rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and two steals in a 78-53 win over Gardner-Webb. Three nights later, Singleton totaled 14 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal in Florida State's 89-66 win at Florida International.

McKie averaged team-highs of 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot 62.5 percent from the field in three Wake Forest games last week. The Richmond, Va., freshman is the first Wake Forest freshman to score in double digits in his first four games since Rodney Rogers accomplished the feat over his first 11 games in 1990-91. McKie scored 20-or-more points twice, posted his first career double-double and went 20-for-32 (.625) from the field as the Deacons won two of the three games.

ACC Football Players of the Week

Ryan Williams
OFFENSIVE BACK - Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, TB, r-So., 5-10, 202, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Williams, who has battled a slightly torn hamstring for much of the season, finally returned to his form of last year as the Hokies wrapped up the Coastal Division with a win at Miami. Williams rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the win and had a 7-yard catch. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 84-yard run early in the fourth quarter - the fifth-longest run in school history.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brandon Washington, Miami, OL, So., 6-4, 330, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern/Milford Academy) Washington graded out at 98 percent for the Miami offensive line, which helped the `Canes post a season-high 262 rushing yards. Washington had seven pancake blocks and three lumberjacks. The work of the UM offensive line has led to 200-yard rushing games for Miami in five of the last six games.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, So., 6-3, 235, Cincinnati, Ohio (Saint Xavier) Kuechly registered double-digit tackles for the 20th game in a row - the longest active streak in college football - in Boston College's 17-13 win over Virginia. The nation's leading tackler registered 15 tackles, including 10 solos and one TFL that resulted in an eight-yard loss for the Cavaliers. He also broke up one pass. The Eagle defense, stingiest against the run in college football entering Saturday's game, gave up 125 net yards rushing to Virginia.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Mario Butler, Georgia Tech, CB, Sr., 6-1, 184, Jacksonville, Fla. (Nease) Butler, who played his final home game and made his 38th consecutive start, almost single-handedly turned Saturday's game around. With Georgia Tech trailing 13-9 mid-way through the third quarter, Butler tackled Duke's Donovan Varner for a six-yard loss on first down. On the next play, Butler intercepted a Brandon Connette pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. The return tied for the longest by a Yellow Jacket in an ACC game. Tech never trailed after Butler's pick-six.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Nick Moody, Florida State, S, r-So., 6-2, 226, Wyncote, Pa. (Roman Catholic) Moody turned in a career-high 13-tackle performance and returned the first interception of his career 96 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 36 seconds remaining. The first defensive touchdown of the season for the Seminoles was also the fourth-longest interception return for a score in Florida State history. A first-year starter, Moody's previous high for tackles was 10, set last season against Jacksonville State.

Lamar Miller
SPECIALIST - T.J. Graham, NC State, WR, Jr., 6-0, 180, Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield) Graham had a milestone afternoon for the Wolfpack. He gave NC State its first lead of the game with an 87-yard punt return a minute into the fourth quarter. That return tied for the third-longest punt return in school history. Graham also returned five kickoffs for 100 yards, giving him a new school record for career kickoff-return yards with 2,073. He finished the game with 188 yards in total return yardage.

ROOKIE - Lamar Miller, Miami, RB, r-Fr., 5-11, 210, Miami, Fla. (Killian) Miller ran for a Miami season high 163 yards on just 15 carries against the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Miller's output was a career high and included a touchdown. Miller averaged 10.9 yards per carry on a night when he posted five runs of 12 yards or more, including gains of 28 yards and 47 yards.

Quote of the Day

"If I live through this team, I think we're going to be a heck of a lot better at the end of the year. And there is a big question if I'm going to live through it.” – UNC head coach Roy Williams following his young Heels erratic performance last night.

(Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News and Observer)

Pictures of the Day

DIAPER DANDY. Duke's Kyrie Irving flies down the lane past the Kansas State defense for a bucket during the championship game of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Duke topped K-State, 82-68. (Photo by Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star)
COURTSIDE VIEW. UNC’s Justin Watts goes in for a dunk against UNC Asheville. (Photo by T.A.H. Worldwide Media)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ACC Monday Night Basketball

Mason Plumlee
#1 DUKE 82, Marquette (Golden Eagles, 8,012 students, Milwaukee, WI) 77 – Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 25 points, had 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 1 Duke to victory over Marquette in the semifinals of the CBE Classic on Monday night.

The 6-foot-10 junior dominated inside in a game where the Blue Devils (4-0) took a big early lead then saw Marquette tie it three times before Duke went on a 9-0 run sealed the reigning national champion's 14th consecutive win.

#13 Washington (Huskies, 42,907 students, Seattle, WA) 106, VIRGINIA 63 – Junior guard Isaiah Thomas (seriously, that’s his real name) scored 18 points to lead five Washington players in double figures and the No. 13 Huskies made 17 three-point field goals on their way to an easy victory over Virginia in an opening round game at the Maui Invitational on Monday (Nov. 22).

Freshman guard Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 19 points. Harris was 8-13 from the field, including 2-4 from three-point range, and he made his only free throw.

CLEMSON 64, Seton Hall (Pirates, 5,245 students, South Orange, NJ) 58 – Tanner Smith made six free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Clemson defeat Seton Hall Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam. Clemson made 13 of 14 free throws in overtime, getting more attempts in the extra period than Seton Hall had in the game (10 of 12). The Tigers were 26 of 38 overall from the line.

Demontez Stitt scored 15 points and Devin Booker 14 to lead the Tigers (4-1).

Joe Harris
BOSTON COLLEGE 69, Holy Cross (Crusaders, 2,817 students, Worcester, MA) 54 – Senior Corey Raji came off the bench to register 15 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Danny Rubin recorded 14 points and six rebounds in his first collegiate start to lead Boston College to a win over Holy Cross. The game between the two Jesuits schools was one of more than 90 games that will be played this season as part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS).

Seniors Joe Trapani and Biko Paris each tallied 11 points, while junior Reggie Jackson finished with nine points and 10 assists.

Winthrop (Eagles, 5,111 students, Rock Hill, SC) 83, WAKE FOREST 74 – Robbie Dreher scored 20 points and Winthrop held off a late Wake Forest rally to beat the Demon Deacons on Monday night in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Gary Clark scored a game-high 23 points for the Deacons (2-3), who trailed by as many as 18 points midway through the second half.

Pictures of the Day

GIVE THE BIG MAN HIS PROPS. Mason Plumlee of the Duke Blue Devils had a monster game last night. Here, he grabs a rebound during the CBE Classic game against the Marquette Golden Eagles on November 22, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEXT TIME, LESS MUSTARD ON THAT HOT DOG. Fans of San Diego Chargers cheer during the NFL football game against Denver Broncos against of theat Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
KING OF THE ACC HILL. Former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers still holds the ACC record for career yards passing. Here he is prior to demolishing the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Monday, November 22, 2010

ACC Basketball: Black Sunday

Dorenzo Hudson
#22 VIRGINIA TECH 92, UNCG (Spartans, 18,502 students, Greensboro, NC) 70 – Malcolm Delaney scored 23 points, Dorenzo Hudson added 17 and the 22nd-ranked Hokies routed UNCG on Sunday.

Jeff Allen also finished with 17 points, and Virginia Tech (2-1) shot 53 percent, forced 29 turnovers, turned them into 37 points and bounced back from a 16-point loss at No. 3 Kansas State

Rutgers (Scarlet Raiders, 38,902 students, Newark, NJ) 61, MIAMI 45 – Rutgers (2-1) held Miami to 29 percent shooting (14 of 48) while getting 11 steals and forcing 17 turnovers. The 45 points were 36 below the Hurricanes’ season average entering play Sunday and it was the lowest amount the Scarlet Knights have allowed to an ACC team since a 50-45 win over Maryland on Feb. 19, 1941.

Vanderbilt (Commodores, 12,514 students, Nashville, TN) 72, #8 NORTH CAROLINA 65 – John Jenkins scored 16 points, and Festus Ezeli and Jeffery Taylor each had 15 to lead Vanderbilt to a win over reeling No. 8 North Carolina on Sunday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

The Commodores (3-1) beat a top-10 team for the first time since knocking off No. 1 Tennessee on Feb. 26, 2008.

Old Dominion (Monarchs, 24,125 students, Norfolk, VA) 61, CLEMSON 60 – The Tigers scored 19 points in the first half and never recovered. Ben Finney and Frank Hassell scored 13 points apiece to help Old Dominion advance to the championship game of the Paradise Jam.

Brad Tinsley and Larry Drew #11

The Monarchs (3-1) led 28-19 at halftime after holding the Tigers to 8-of-21 shooting (38.1 percent) and outrebounding Clemson 20-12.

#20 Georgetown (Hoyas, 15,138 students, Washington, D.C.) 82, N.C. STATE 67 – Hollis Thompson scored 18 points, Chris Wright added 17 and No. 20 Georgetown used a 15-0 second half run to power past North Carolina State and win the Charleston Classic on Sunday night.

The Hoyas improved to 5-0 for the second straight season in their first game against the Wolfpack since the NCAA round of 16 in 1989.

North Carolina's "Black Weekend"

While a number of ACC schools were getting roughed up over the weekend, nobody took it on the chin quite like the Tar Heels.

Their football rival, N.C. State, used a tip pass and punt return to defeat the Heels in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

That loss was the unfortunate meat in a multi-loss sandwich with the UNC men’s basketball squad lost providing the bread – losing on Friday to Minnesota and again on Sunday to Vanderbilt.

Over on the hockey field, the UNC women lost the National Championship to rival Maryland in double overtime 3-2. Mind you, the Terps are no chumps when it comes to hockey having won seven national titles and four of the last six (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010).

All of that said, perhaps the most shocking loss over this grim fairy tale of a weekend involved the storied UNC women’s soccer team. This Chapel Hill squad wins National Championships at such a furious pace it’s hard to keep up. (Actually, it’s 20 of 22 ACC soccer championships and 20 out of 28 NCAA championships, but who’s counting?)

Unfortunately, former championship game victim seventh-ranked Notre Dame (whom the Heels beat in the final in 2006 and 2008) defeated third-ranked Tar Heels 4-1 in the third round. North Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA champion, saw its season end at 19-3-2, suffering only its seventh NCAA Tournament loss in history. Yep, that’s what is says SEVEN losses in NCAA tourney history…

Last, and certainly not least…OK, maybe a little...the UNC grapplers got whipped by Wisconsin the ACC/Big Ten wrestling challenge.

Conversely, over in the let’s “give credit where credit is due” category, the 14th-ranked UNC women’s basketball team easily defeated Coastal Carolina on Friday and Western Carolina on Sunday by remarkably similar lopsided scores (93-37 and 93-36).

Laettner and Thompson Inducted Into Collegiate Hall of Fame

Former Duke and N.C. State men's basketball standouts Christian Laettner and David Thompson were inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday evening at a ceremony at the Midland by AMC in Kansas City, Mo.

(In alphabetical order) Laettner helped lead the Blue Devils to four straight NCAA Final Fours, including national championships in 1991 and 1992. The 1992 National Player of the Year and three-time All-America, Laettner averaged 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds for his career. His 2,460 points and 1,149 rebounds in his career rank third all-time at Duke while he holds the school record with 713 career made free throws.

As a junior, Laettner was named second team All-America, MVP of the Final Four, ACC Athlete of the Year, first team All-ACC and to the All-Midwest Regional team. He averaged 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, had 75 steals, 44 blocked shots and a .575 field goal percentage. He followed his terrific junior season with an even better senior campaign, averaging 21.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, had 74 steals, 32 blocked shots and a .575 field goal percentage. He was named National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Athlete of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and MVP of the East Regional.

Laettner was the third player taken in the 1992 NBA Draft and played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat.

Outside of Duke circles, Laettner was not particularly popular and consistently appears on published lists of "Most Hated Duke Basketball Players."  He is especially loathed in Kentucky for several well-known reasons.

After leading North Carolina State University to an undefeated season (27-0) in 1973, David Thompson was part of a history making Wolfpack squad that stopped John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins long string of National Championships.

Nicknamed, "Skywalker" because of his incredible 48-inch vertical leap, Thompson became the prototype for the modern “above the rim” modern player. Along with his teammates – the diminutive Monty Towe and the conversely gigantic Tommy Burleson – Thompson helped invent the most exciting play in basketball, the “alley-oop.”

Although the high-flying Thompson was prohibited from dunking by the Suits In Kansas, the play was a staple in coach Norm Sloan’s “offense” (the offense is in quotes as Sloan often claimed his 73, 74 and 75 Wolfpack rarely ran an offense as they had so much talent and were so adept at freelancing that he simply “let them play.”) and took advantage of Thompson’s leaping ability and Burleson's reach. (The 7’4” Burleson could touch the rim standing flat footed.)

Thompson finally happily broke the rule in the final non-conference game of his career with a dunk which promptly drew a technical. But that play sent a symbolic message that “slam-jam athleticism” was the wave of the future in both college and pro basketball.

N.C. State's game against the nationally 4th-ranked University of Maryland Terrapins in the 1974 ACC Tournament finale, in an era in which only conference champions were invited to the NCAA Tournament, is considered one of the best college basketball games of all time. Thompson. Towe and Burleson led the #1-ranked Wolfpack to a 103-100 win in overtime. Thompson and the Wolfpack would go on to win the national championship while Maryland sat at home. (Lefty’s guys said “no thanks” to the N.I.T.)

The Terps’ exclusion from the NCAAs, despite their high national ranking, would lead to the expansion of the NCAA Tournament the very next season to include teams other than the league champions. So credit Thompson with helping to create the “Big Dance” as well.

Thompson, Burleson and Sloan
Thompson is accustomed to being a Hall of Fame luminary. The former No. 1 pick in both the NBA and ABA drafts, he also is enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. In addition, Thompson presented Michael Jordan for his induction in Springfield.

At N.C. State, Thompson was a consensus first-team All-America in 1973, 1974 and 1975. He was the AP Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975 and the UPI Player of the Year in 1975. That same year, Thompson also won the coveted Naismith Award for National Player of the Year.

Thompson played in the NBA for nine years, but his career was impeded by frequent injury and substance abuse problems.

Pictures of the Day

FIVEPEAT. Isn’t NASCAR getting boring?  The same guy ALWAYS wins? Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. Then he celebrated his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. (Photos by Jason Smith and Chris Trotman /Getty Images for NASCAR)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ACC Saturday Football

Ryan Williams
VIRGINIA TECH 31, MIAMI 17 – Ryan Ryan Williams ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder with 13:24 remaining, as No. 14 Virginia Tech beat No. 24 Miami Saturday to clinch the ACC's Coastal Division title. The Hokies (9-2, 7-0) won their ninth straight, the program's longest streak since 1999, and will get an opportunity to play their way into the Orange Bowl in Miami's home stadium Jan. 3.

Danny Coale added four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies, who gave up 464 yards but intercepted Miami freshman quarterback Stephen Morris three times in the final 9 minutes.

T.J. Graham #6
N.C. STATE 29, NORTH CAROLINA 25 – Owen Spencer caught a tipped ball in the end zone for a touchdown on fourth down and T.J. Graham returned a punt 87 yards for another score to help NC State rally past rival North Carolina 29-25 on Saturday.

Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes for the Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2 ACC), including the improbable 2-yard score to Spencer late in the third quarter. With the win, NC State put itself in position to claim the league's Atlantic Division title and earn a spot in the ACC Championship Game, needing only a win next weekend at Maryland.

BOSTON COLLEGE 17, VIRGINIA 13 – Montel Harris carried 24 times for 114 yards, including a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, to lift surging Boston College to bowl eligibility with a 17-13 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

The win was the fourth straight for the Eagles (6-5, 4-4 ACC) and makes them bowl eligible for the 12th straight season. Virginia falls to 4-7, 1-6 ACC.

Tevin Washington #17

GEORGIA TECH 30, DUKE 20 – Mario Butler returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, Tevin Washington threw a 79-yard scoring pass to Stephen Hill and Georgia Tech beat Duke 30-20 on Saturday to ensure eligibility for its 14th straight bowl appearance.

CLEMSON 30, WAKE FOREST 10 – Kyle Parker threw two touchdown passes, Jamie Harper rushed for 142 yards and Clemson beat Wake Forest on Saturday, giving the Tigers bowl eligibility for teh 12th straight season.They helped the Tigers (6-5, 4-4 ACC) win their first road game of the season and reach the 6-win mark for the 12th straight year.

Christian Ponder #7
 FLORIDA STATE 30, MARYLAND 16 – Christian Ponder threw for 170 yards and a touchdown, and Florida State beat Maryland night to remain in the hunt to play in the ACC title game.

Florida State (8-3, 6-2) has completed the ACC portion of its schedule and can finish no worse than tied atop the Atlantic Division. But if North Carolina State (8-3, 5-2) defeats Maryland on Saturday, the Wolfpack would gain a share of first place and would win the tiebreaker because of their 28-24 win over FSU last month.

The Terrapins (7-4, 4-3) were eliminated from contention. Maryland needed to beat the Seminoles and Wolfpack to win the division crown for the first time.

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Saturday ACC Basketball

WAKE FOREST 89, Elon (Phoenix, 5,671 students, Elon, NC) 70 – Freshman forward Travis McKie recorded his first-career double-double, totaling 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Gary Clark and Ty Walker also had career-high scoring nights, as Wake Forest cruised past Elon 89-70 at Greensboro Coliseum Saturday evening. The Deacons improve to 2-2 on the young season while the Phoenix fall to 1-2.

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The Riddle Report

Elon senior Scott Riddle, of Ramseur, NC fame,capped his collegiate career in the maroon and gold with a stellar performances to lead the Phoenix to a 45-14 Southern Conference victory over Western Carolina at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday. The win gave Elon (6-5, 5-3 SoCon) four consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the program ran off nine straight winning years from 1980-88. The Phoenix ended the year with a four-game winning streak.

During his final game, Riddle passed for 452 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. He finishes his career with 13,264 passing yards, the fourth-highest total ever by an FCS quarterback. He also established a new SoCon record by throwing a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games. Riddle concluded the 2010 campaign with 3,231 passing yards and became the first quarterback in the storied history of the Southern Conference to lead the league in passing for four straight seasons. Riddle extended his FCS career record for completions to 1,168.

Riddle registered his 22nd straight game with a touchdown pass, breaking his own conference record of 21 games in a row with a scoring throw.

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Pictures of the Day

FRIENDLY FOOTBALL CONFINES. General view as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Illinois Fighting Illini during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-27. (Photos by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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