Friday, January 14, 2011

Heels, Hokies Play "Big East" Style Uglyfest

Harrison Barnes
NORTH CAROLINA 64, VIRGINIA TECH 61  Beat, bang, bonk, miss, turnover, crash, stumble, fall -- repeat.


Three words describe last night’s game in Chapel Hill for the fans of either team: Hard to watch.  You want two? How about, downright ugly.

Malcolm Delaney scored a game-high 28 points and did everything he could to will the injury depleted Hokies to victory, but just as they did on Saturday in Charlottesville, the young Heels overcame a double-digit deficit for another improbable win.

Seth Greenberg threw a zone defense at North Carolina to start the game and the Heels went immediately into the same tailspin they suffered through during the end of the first half and the beginning of the second in Sunday’s victory over Virginia.

The Tar Heels took the lead on a Harrison Barnes jumper and promptly puked all over their shoes.  They shot 37% the first half (10-27), made exactly one out of nine three-pointers (11.1%) and a mere three of eleven free throws (27%). 

How bad was it?  With 3:43 left in the first half, North Carolina had scored 18 points.  Not a misprint, that’s EIGHTEEN.

And in spite of that, the Hokies’ halftime lead was only 31-24. No doubt, the always worried-looking Greenberg was worried…

Down to only eight scholarship players due to season ending injuries and illness, Virginia Tech (10-5, 1-2 ACC) was further plagued by cramps (and Jeff Allen) in the second half.  Delaney did everything he could to keep his team in the game while Allen again failed to make a big contribution in an important contest.  

Delaney had 28 points (seven three-pointers) and four steals while Allen  had four points, seven rebounds and three blocks – not bad, but the Hokies need more from their senior big man.

Heralded and still under-performing freshman phenom Barnes scored 12 points and nine of those came during the final 3:30 when he made three shots from behind the arc.

John Henson scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime to help the Tar Heels (12-4) start 2-0 in the ACC for the first time in three years. North Carolina shook off the horrendous start to earn their 300th victory in the Smith Center.

Delaney he missed a long jumper over Kendall Marshall with his team trailing by a point in the final seconds.

Marshall made two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to push the lead to 64-61, then Dexter Strickland stole Erick Green's desperation inbound pass to half court as time expired.

We can’t imagine practice for either squad will be much fun for the rest of the week.

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Duke Football No Longer In ACC Cellar

…that honor has fallen to Wake Forest according to the college football gurus at Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports.

Here is how the ACC ranks.

1. Auburn (14-0), 2. Oregon (12-1), 3. TCU (13-0), 4. Stanford (12-1), 5. Ohio State (12-1), 6. Boise State (12-1), 7. Oklahoma (12-2), 8. LSU (11-2), 9. Oklahoma State (11-2), 10. Alabama (10-3), 11. Wisconsin (11-2), 12. Arkansas (10-3), 13. Michigan State (11-2)

14. VIRGINIA TECH (11-3) BUZZ: After two losses to open the season, the Hokies played 11.5 games of really good football. Then came the second half of the Orange Bowl, when they were run over by a Stanford stampede. 15. MISSOURI (10-3

16. FLORIDA STATE (10-4) BUZZ: Coach Jimbo Fisher's first real season at the helm was a good one, as he guided the Seminoles to the ACC Atlantic Division title. Now, of course, all he has to do in 2011 is lead the 'Noles to a repeat.

17. Nevada (13-1), 18. Utah (10-3), 19. Texas A&M (9-4), 20. Mississippi State (9-4), 21. Nebraska (10-4)

22. N.C. STATE (9-4) BUZZ: The Wolfpack capped off a surprising season by carving up West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. Now, if only QB Russell Wilson would stay for his senior season ?

23. South Carolina (9-5), 24. UCF (11-3), 25. San Diego State (9-4), 26. Air Force (9-4), 27. Iowa (8-5), 28. Notre Dame (8-5), 29. Northern Illinois (11-3

30. MARYLAND (9-4) BUZZ: The Terps were a pleasant surprise in the ACC and went to their seventh bowl in 10 seasons. Coach Ralph Friedgen's reward? A pink slip.

31. West Virginia (9-4), 32. USC (8-5), 33. Tulsa (10-3),

34. NORTH CAROLINA (8-5) BUZZ: UNC didn't have the great season that was expected. Still, given all the suspensions and the turmoil surrounding the program, winning eight games against a tough schedule is something of which the Tar Heels can be proud.

35. Florida (8-5), 36. UConn (8-5), 37. Pitt (8-5), 38. Arizona (7-6), 39. USF (8-5), 40. Illinois (7-6), 41. Penn State,  (7-6), 42. Michigan (7-6), 43. Navy (9-4), 44. Texas Tech (8-5), 

45. MIAMI (7-6) BUZZ: There were more than a few people who proclaimed "The U. is back!" before the season. Alas, those people were way off, and coach Randy Shannon was fired.

46. Baylor (7-6), 47. Hawaii (10-4), 48. Syracuse (8-5), 49. Kansas State (7-6), 50. Northwestern (7-6), 51. Georgia (6-7)

52. BOSTON COLLEGE (7-6) BUZZ: The Eagles had a big-time defense. As for the offense -- hmmm, did we mention the big-time defense?

56. GEORGIA TECH (6-7) BUZZ: The injury to QB Joshua Nesbitt hurt. But what really hurt was a defense that couldn't stop the run.

60. CLEMSON (6-7) BUZZ: The Tigers are proof positive that no matter how much talent you have on defense, you have to have some sort of clue on offense if you're to be successful.

88. VIRGINIA (4-8) BUZZ: The Cavs beat Miami, one of the most confounding results of the season, considering their other three wins were against an awful Eastern Michigan team and two FCS opponents.

99. DUKE (3-9) BUZZ: QB Sean Renfree looks like a guy coach David Cutcliffe can build his offense around. But will Duke ever be able to run the ball?

105. WAKE FOREST (3-9) BUZZ: Has Jim Grobe's magic worn off? The Demon Deacons' passing attack was awful this season and must improve. The defense has to get better, too.

Pictures of the Day

WE KNOW...that this has little to do with sports, but it is simply the most powerful image of the day.  Brother Dallas Green, right, wipes away a tear while seated next to his father John Green and mother Roxanna Green during the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Green was the youngest victim of Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Green's grandfather is Dallas Green who managed the Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980 and her dad, John, works in scouting for the Dodgers. (Photo by Greg Bryan/AP Photos)


FRIEND O’ T.A.H.  Hunter Morin, by way of Fredericksburg VA to courtside at the Dean Dome, celebrates the Tar Heels win over Virginia Tech.  Lookin’ good Hunter!  (Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News and Observer)
COWOBUNGA. Mitch Crews kept Australia’s hopes of an ASP World Junior title alive, becoming the only Australian surfer to advance into the quarterfinals of the Billabong ASP Wolrd Junior Championships at Sydney’s North Narrabeen Beach.  (Photo by Kirstin Scholtz/ASP-Zumapress.com)
NICE AIR. Switzerland's Didier Cuche jumps during the downhill event in the Men's Super Combined race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on January 14, 2011 in Wengen. (Photo by Fabrice Coffrinin/AFP Photo)

WE DO CHICKEN RIGHT.  Daniel Harris of the Redbacks bats during the Twenty20 Big Bash match between the Western Australia Warriors and the South Australia Redbacks at the WACA on January 13, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Florida State Upsets #1 Duke, Win Streak Ends At 25

Derwin Kitchen
FLORIDA STATE 66, #1 DUKE 61 – Derwin Kitchen scored 22 points, Chris Singleton added 18 and Florida State snapped No. 1 Duke's 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night.

Florida State (12-5, 2-1 ACC) made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the defending national champions. It was the third time in the last nine seasons that the Seminoles have upset a top-ranked Duke team at home.

The Seminoles led 28-24 at halftime and by as many as 11 early in the second half, but the game was tight to the finish.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points and Nolan Smith had 19 for the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1), who shot just 31.1 percent.

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More Wednesday Night ACC Basketball

Jerai Grant
CLEMSON 87, GEORGIA TECH 62 –Jerai Grant scored a career-high 20 points and Clemson won its eighth straight game, taking its snow-delayed contest from Georgia Tech.

Grant, the son of former Oklahoma standout Harvey, made nearly everything he shot and so did the Tigers (13-4, 2-1 ACC), who finished with their highest shooting percentage (69.2) against an ACC opponent in 57 years of league play.

Grant was 5 of 6 from the field and 10 of 12 from the line, surpassing his previous best of 19 set last month in a win over UNC Greensboro.

Clemson finished 27 of 39 from the field, including 9 of 9 on 3-pointers in the second half.

It was that shooting touch that sunk Georgia Tech (7-8, 0-2).

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but delayed because of the snowstorm that struck the Southeast this week.

The cold weather didn't bother the Tigers. Stitt and Smith scored 16 points apiece as the five Clemson starters scored in double figures.

Jordan Williams
MARYLAND 74, WAKE FOREST 55 – Cliff Tucker scored a season-high 21 points to lead Maryland past Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Jordan Williams added 13 points and matched a season-high with 15 rebounds for his 10th consecutive double-double, and Adrian Bowie scored 12 points for the Terrapins.

Maryland (11-5, 1-2 ACC) shot 38 percent, hitting 26 of 68 attempts, outrebounded Wake Forest 52-42 and used a 15-0 spurt midway through the second half to take command and avoid an 0-3 start to league play.

Freshman Travis McKie had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and C.J. Harris added 10 points for the Demon Deacons (7-10, 0-2).

Picture of the Day

ZOOM ZOOM. Conradign Netzer of Switzerland leads during the final of the men’s ski cross World Cup eent at Alpe d’Huez in France ahead of Andreas Matt of Austria (c) who finished second and Partrick Koller of Austria (l) who finished third.  Netzer finished in fourth place.  (AP Photo by Laurent Cipriani)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ACC Tuesday Night Hoops

Reggie Jackson

BOSTON COLLEGE 75, N.C. STATE 66 – Reggie Jackson had 29 points, five rebounds and six assists to lead B.C. to a victory over the Wolfpack on Tuesday night.

Corey Raji added 14 points, including a key 3-pointer, to go with eight rebounds, and Biko Paris had 12 points for the Eagles (13-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Boston College has won 10 of its last 12 games.
The Eagles outscored the Wolfpack 18-6 over the final 3:59.

Tracy Smith led the Wolfpack (11-5, 1-1) with 18 points, while C. J. Leslie had 15. N.C State had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Raji’s 3-pointer from the left corner broke a 60-60 tie with 3:05 left and Paris followed with a 3 just 49 seconds later, moving the Eagles in front by six. It was Paris’ 37th of the season. The 6-foot-1 senior had 36 in his prior three seasons.

ACC Players Of The Week

Jeff Allen
Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen has been named the ACC Player of the Week, while NC State’s C.J. Leslie was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week.

Allen, despite battling a strained groin, scored a season-high 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Hokies to their sixth-straight win, 71-59 over ACC foe Florida State Saturday. In coming up with his third-straight double-double, and his fifth in six games, the Washington, D.C., senior was seven-of-12 from the floor and a career-best 10-of-12 from the line.

In earning the league’s rookie award for a second time in three weeks and the third time this season, Leslie averaged 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and shot 65 percent from the floor (13-of-20) as the Wolfpack won twice. The Holly Springs, N.C., freshman opened the week with a 19-point, nine-rebound performance in an 87-72 win over Elon Wednesday. In Saturday’s 90-69 victory over visiting Wake Forest, Leslie had 19 points and six rebounds as the Wolfpack extended their win streak to five games..

Five ACC Players on Wooden Mid-Season List

Jordan Williams
ACC Players on the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 List 

Malcolm Delaney, 6-3, Sr., G, Virginia Tech 

Reggie Jackson, 6-3, Jr., G, Boston College

Kyle Singler, 6-8, Sr., F, Duke ACC 

Nolan Smith, 6-2, Sr., G, Duke ACC 

Jordan Williams, 6-10, So., F, Maryland ACC

Pictures Of The Day

GOING DOWN. Taku Takeuchi starts down the hill during a trial jump of the third station of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria January 3. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
LOST IN THE MAIL?  As in T.A.H.’s invitation to this event…New Ducati rider Italian Valentino Rossi (L) poses with team mate US Nicky Hayden on January 12, 2011, during the official presentation of the new moto Ducati GP11 at the "Vroom 2011, F1 and MotoGP Press Ski Meeting" Ducati and Ferrari annual media gathering in the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Photo)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Four ACC Teams In Final Football Poll

When The Associated Press released its poll this morning, four ACC teams were ranked. 


Strong bowl performances by some of the better teams in the ACC led to a decent showing in the final poll for the conference. The bad news for the ACC is that No. 16 Virginia Tech (11-3) - which lost 40-12 in the Orange Bowl to Stanford - is the conference's top-ranked team.


But the ACC did have four teams in the final rankings. As late as Week 11 (Nov. 7), the ACC had just one team ranked by The Associated Press.


In the final poll, Atlantic Division champion Florida State (10-4), which defeated South Carolina 26-17 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, is No. 17. Maryland (9-4), a 51-20 winner over East Carolina in the Military Bowl, was ranked No. 23.


N.C. State was No. 25. It was the team's first appearance in the final poll since a No. 12 ranking in 2002.  The Wolfpack finished 9-4, tying the second highest win total in school history.

Washington Post: It Is Duke And Everyone Else In The Mediocre ACC

Andre Dawkins
By Eric Prisbell


Developments in the ACC usually follow the same script during the first three months of a season: A few really strong teams and a handful of pretty good teams engage in compelling matchups up and down the East Coast, a bunch of teams beat up on one another, and by early March most teams with better than a .500 league record are deemed worthy to play in the NCAA tournament.
Not this season, folks.
ACC teams have won the last two national championships, and Duke may well win its second consecutive national title this season. But after receiving no less than six NCAA tournament invites the past two seasons, the ACC is unlikely to earn more than five and could get as few as three even in an expanded tournament field... 
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Uni Props To The Ducks

They didn't win the National Championship, but you gotta admit the unis were spectacular.  Especially, the Teflon looking helmet...Leave it to Nike to find a color of yellow not found in nature.

As opposed to this rather mundane version....
(Photos 1 and 2 by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images and photo 3 by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Once Again ACC Fails To Win Football Championship

To the extreme disappointment of delusional fans, bloated boosters and overpaid football coaches from Boston to Miami, the ACC has yet again failed to win the NCAA Division 1 Football National Championship.  

That honor AGAIN went to a team from the South East Conference when the Auburn Tigers defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19 in last night’s BCS (Bowls Can’t Suck?) National Championship Game.
Various ACC coached shared a variety of reactions.

“I really don’t give a damn.” – Ralphy Friedgen who was recently forced into retirement by an Athletic Director brought in from a school that was a football powerhouse during the 1940’s.

“We are going to build the program up to national prominence just like we did at UConn. Hopefully, we won’t have to play Oklahoma ever again.” – New Maryland coach Randy Edsall.

“I thought this was going to be our year, but then our team exploded (Suits In Indianapolis, formerly Kansas) and imploded (John Blake) simultaneously.” – UNC  head coach Butch Davis.

“We’re just a few dadgum players away from being a doggone contender. Oh, I don’t have to talk like this anymore?” – Jimbo Fisher of Florida State.

“We’re almost there. We just need to beat a top 5 team and JMU.” – Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer.

“We would be better, if we had better assistant coaches.” – Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.

“If Russell Wilson stays we have a shot, if not…ummm…not so much.” – N.C. State’s Tom O’Brien.

“I just got here, I have no clue.” – Al Golden, the new head coach of Miami.

“It’s Duke, wattaya want from me? Go over to the tower and ask His K-ship questions.” – Duke’s David Cutcliffe.

“Tim Duncan, Tim Duncan, Tim Duncan, and maybe that Skinner kid has a brother?” – Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe.

“Are we still in the ACC?  We played a bowl game in San Francisco against Nevada so I’m confused…” – Boston College’s Frank Spaziani.

“Look, like at Richmond, our goal is to get into the playoff.  Then you get on a roll, win four games and presto change, you’re National Champions. What? There isn’t a playoff in Division 1 college football? What kind of division doesn’t have a playoff?  That’s stupid.” – Mike London, University of Virginia.

“Is that snow?” – Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

*Items in italics may not be true.

Pictures of the Day

PLAY OF THE GAME. Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball for a 37-yards late in the fourth quarter during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
GOLDEN BOY. Well…he may be ruled ineligible at some point, but in all likelihood it won’t matter as Cam Newton seems likely headed to the NFL. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TAKE THAT, ALABAMA! Daren Bates #25 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
KICKER!  Wes Byrum #18 of the Auburn Tigers reacts after he kicks a 19-yard game-winning field goal to defeat the Oregon Ducks 22-19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

TIGERS WIN! Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Things That Make You Go...

Hmm...

Here's our annual obligatory wrestling photograph.  There's a story behind this...

Michael Rhone of Benton High School grabs the corner of the mat as he is dragged back by Mason Beckman of Reynolds High School in their AA 119 lb. championship match in Hershey, Pa. at the PIAA High School Wrestling Championships. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Now, if you think you're cold, check out these guys...
Above, medical personnel check Chen Kecai (left) as he competes against Jin Songhao in a cold endurance competition on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China January 3. The men immersed themselves in ice-filled containers wearing only shorts. Jin won with a time of 120 minutes which surpassed Chen's 118 minutes.

Money, neither man will ever reproduce. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Sunday Night ACC Basketball


DUKE 71, MARYLAND 64 – Kyle  Singler had 25 points and a season-high 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke beat Maryland on Sunday night to extend its winning streak to 25.


Nolan Smith added 18 points on 5-of-18 shooting for the Blue Devils (15-0, 2-0 ACC). They overcame 17 turnovers and shot 40 percent to extend their best start since 2005-06.


Jordan Williams had 23 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double, and Cliff Tucker added 14 points for the Terrapins (10-5, 0-2). They were the last team to defeat Duke, but they were denied their 11th win against a No. 1 team in school history.


Maryland closed to 67-62 on Williams' layup with 1:25 left, but Singler responded with a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left and the Terps couldn't get closer than six after that. 

ACC End Bowl Season With Loss

#13 Nevada (Wolf Pack, 14,431 students, Reno, NV) 20, BOSTON COLLEGE 13 – This game seemed like a mismatch on paper and not having leading rusher Montel Harris just made things tougher for the Eagles.

Rishard Marshall caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for another score, and No. 13 Nevada used a strong defensive effort to cap its most successful season ever at college football's highest level by beating B.C. in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (13-1), who snapped a four-game bowl losing streak by tying a school record for wins in a season set when it played in what used to be Division I-AA.

This game matched BC's top-ranked rushing defense against Nevada's high-powered pistol attack that was third in the nation in rushing. The Eagles (7-6) did a good job controlling the Wolf Pack on the ground, holding them to a season-low 114 yards - more than 190 below their season average.

Kaepernick was held to 22 yards on nine carries, but managed to top 3,000 yards passing for the season. That allowed him to join Brad Smith and Vince Young as the only FBS quarterbacks to rush for at least 1,000 yards and throw for 3,000 in the same season.

With an efficient passing day by Kaepernick, the big plays from Marshall and a stout defense, the Wolf Pack were able to snap Boston College's five-game winning streak. The Eagles were held to 185 yards.

Freshman Chase Rettig completed 14 of 34 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions.  Harris was listed as the starter but did not play after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in late November.


The ACC’s final bowl record was 4-5.

Pictures of the Day

ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Green Bay Packers fullback Quinn Johnson pulls Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims along after a pass reception during the first half of an NFL football NFC wild-card playoff game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. (Photo by David Berman/AP Photos)
BIRD’S EYE VIEW. Chase Rettig #7 of Boston College passes the ball during their game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SCRUMBLE. Vai Taua #34 of the Nevada Wolf Pack fumbles the ball during their game against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DOWN AND OUT. Richard Matthews #15 of the Nevada Wolf Pack runs past a diving Ryan Quigley #46 of Boston College on his way a returning a punt for a touchdown during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NOT A B.C. FAN. Well the good news is a) He covered up his junk with a pom-pom and b) he appears to be a Nevada fan. A streaker runs on to the field in front of Doyle Miller #6 of the Nevada Wolf Pack during their game against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NICE, CRAZIES, NICE! The Cameron Crazies make their wish known during last night’s Duke v. Maryland game. (Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News and Observer)
LOOK FAMILIAR? Southern California's Alex Stepheson, left, grabs a rebound away from UCLA's Malcolm Lee in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. Stepheson transferred from North Carolina back to his native California prior to the start of last season. Evidently…he’s been lifting a few weights.  Stepheson had 13 points and 16 rebounds in the Trojans fourth straight win over their rival. 
GIMME THAT. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Glen Rice, Jr. and Boston College guard Danny Rubin battle for a loose ball during the second half of their game on Saturday at the Conte Forum in Chetnut Hill, MA. (Photo by Mark L. Baer/U.S. Presswire)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday ACC Hoops

N.C. STATE 90, WAKE FOREST 69 – The Wolfpack scored its biggest win in ACC play in more than two seasons, opening its conference slate with a win for the first time in Lowe's five-year tenure at his alma mater. It was a dominating, confidence-building victory that the Wolfpack needs as it hits the road for its next two games, at Boston College Tuesday night and at Florida State next Saturday.

The Pack (11-4 overall, 1-0 ACC) couldn't have asked for a more productive win, topping its season high for points and scoring 50 second-half points for the second consecutive game. Earlier this week, Lowe and his team beat Elon 87-72 in Greensboro.

Smith, playing his third game in eight days after missing 10 games following knee surgery, helped his team dominate the boards, as it outrebounded Wake Forest 45-22, grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and scored 25 second-chance points. The Pack shot a sizzling 58.3 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game at 51.5 percent.

Freshman C.J. Leslie had 19 points and six rebounds in support of Smith, as the Wolfpack outscored the Deacons 46-24 in the paint.


CLEMSON 79, MIAMI 72Jerai Grant had 18 points and Demontez Stitt 17 as Clemson won its seventh straight game and gave coach Brad Brownell his first ACC victory, 79-72 over Miami on Saturday night.

Grant added 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season and Stitt had 11 of his points in the second half, including five in a 12-0 run to start the half, for the Tigers (12-4, 1-1 ACC).

Miami (11-5, 0-2) got within 74-71 on Durand Scott's banker with 1:16 left, but Andre Young followed with a high, floating basket as the shot clock ran out to extend the Tigers' lead.

Scott finished with a game-high 24 points.

It was Clemson's fourth consecutive win over the Hurricanes.


NORTH CARLINA 62, VIRGINIA 52Somewhere in the middle of the first half, the Tar Heels forgot everything they knew about shot selection and the negative impact of turnovers.  Combine that with UNC’s  1-14 shooting slump at the end of the first half that continued into the first five minutes of the second and the Wahoos turned a nine point defecit into a 11 point lead.

But, the Cavs suffered a shooting slump of their own in the opening five minutes of the second period, and Ol’ Roy’s Heels used that, some stingy defense and a bunch of free throws to sneak out of Charlottesville with a win.  Virginia only scored 19 points in the second half.


Tyler Zeller scored 12 points and North Carolina used a 20-7 second-half run to win the game.


The Tar Heels (11-4, 1-0 ACC) trailed by as many as 11 after going 8:53 between field goals spanning the halves. Nearly 5 minutes had been played when Zeller's hook fell for North Carolina's first point in the second half, pulling them within eight points, 40-32.


Virginia (10-6, 1-1) managed only two field goals over the next 13-plus minutes, falling behind for the first time at 52-50 on John Henson's driving layup with 3:15 remaining.


The basket was part of an 8-0 run for UNC that erased a 50-44 deficit.


KT Harrell led Virginia with 13 points and Jontel Evans and Mustapha Farrakhan had 11.


VIRGINIA TECH 71, FLORIDA STATE 59  – Jeff Allen scored 18 of his season-high 24 points in the second half to lift Virginia Tech past Florida State yet again at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday.


The Hokies broke open a close contest in the first half with a 12-0 run to end the half and took a 29-19 lead at halftime. They never trailed again. Florida State went scoreless in the final 6:43, turning the ball over six times and missing six shots on its final 11 possessions of the half.


In the second half, the Seminoles (11-5, 1-1) cut the Virginia Tech's lead to 46-42 with 7:32 remaining on a 3-pointer by Luke Loucks, but the Hokies scored the next eight points. The Seminoles got no closer than eight points the rest of the game.


Tech, which is to eight scholarship players because of injuries, played exclusively a 2-3 zone against the bigger, more athletic Seminoles and held Florida State to just 35.5 percent shooting from the floor (22 of 62). The Hokies also forced 19 FSU turnovers.


BOSTON COLLEGE 86, GEORGIA TECH 75 –  Junior Reggie Jackson scored a game-high 25 points and senior Corey Raji registered 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a victory over Georgia Tech before 6,516 fans in Conte Forum.


Jackson missed just one shot in the contest - shooting 8-for-9 from the floor (3-for-3 treys) and 6-for-6 from the foul line.


With the game tied at 39-39 at halftime, the Eagles used an early second-half run to gain the lead, withstood a Yellow Jacket rally and surged late in the contest to secure the victory.


BC began the second half with a 21-8 run to claim a 60-47 advantage with 14:09 to play. Jackson hit two treys and converted one old-fashioned three-point play, and Raji sank three field goals, including one three-point play to spark the run.

Pictures of the Day

 NICE, N.Y. POST, NICE!



UNBELIEVABLE. Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks ran for a 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Lynch broke 316 tackles during the run. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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