Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

Chris Singleton
FLORIDA STATE 72, GEORGIA TECH 63 – Florida State got 16 points from Chris Singleton, 15 from Michael Snaer and used an early 14-0 run to beat struggling Georgia Tech.  72-63 Thursday night.

The Seminoles (17-7, 7-3 ACC) desperately needed a win to beef up their NCAA resume, especially after the 89-69 rout by North Carolina and an ugly 62-44 loss at Clemson the week before that.

For the second straight game, Georgia Tech (10-13, 3-7) had a devastating scoreless stretch in the early going. Last weekend, Clemson put together a 22-0 run on the way to a 65-56 victory. This time, the Yellow Jackets went nearly 7 minutes without scoring, a dreadful display that included 11 straight missed shots and five turnovers.  Georgia Tech scored a grand total of 18 first half points.

Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 25 points, and Glen Rice Jr. had 24.

The Jackets have lost four in a row and five out of six, putting more heat on embattled coach Paul Hewitt. In addition to poor results on the court, the administration can’t be too thrilled about playing one ACC game after another in a half-filled arena.

Picture of the Day


UNCSCHEDULED LANDING.  Conor O’Farrell (any chance he’s Irish?) falls off of Arrayan after the last flight of hurdles during the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at the Taunton Racecourse in Somerset, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Action Images/Zumapress.com)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mubarak To Step Down, Coach K Possible Replacement

After 17 days of massive citizen demonstrations and scattered violence, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appears poised to step down according to various major new sources and U.S. intelligence officials.


Mubarak came to power in 1981 when then President Anwar Sadat was assassinated.  He has never held free democratic elections since, and is seen by most as a dictator posing as an elected official.

Sources tell T.A.H. that Duke head coach Mike Krzyewghr5ski is interested in filling the position. 

A Duke Basketball staffer claims to have heard Coach K say “It’s a natural progression of events from NCAA championships to the Olympics to my own country.  I mean the Laker gig would have been big, but the opportunity to bypass Bobby Knight and Cleopatra is a once in a great lifetime opportunity I should probably look into for the sake of the entire free world.  After all, I’m a leader with a proven track record of both winning and turning my supporters into raving maniacs…”

According to our sources, Krzhgbnv3ski believes his resume is well-suited to the job including that he is familiar with a tent city similar to the one currently occupied by anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

The same sources note that most people in the Athletic Department at Duke and all the people involved with the football program at the private institution believe Krzyplkq4ski would simply be “more of the same” for the beleaguered Egyptians. 

“They already have a ‘dictator,’” said a source close to Coach K’s tower, “why would they want another one?”

Officials at American Express are reported to be huddled in their NYC offices preparing bids to sponsor the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and Tahrir Square to be renamed “President Krzyvbxz5ski-ville Brought To You By American Express, Don’t Protest Without It.”

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Duke’s Record-Setting Rally Tops Tar Heels

Smith
#5 DUKE 79, #20 NORTH CAROLINA 73 – For North Carolina fans it was just as Mad Men’s Peggy Olson once said “It was going so well until it wasn't.” 

It was a Tale of Two Halves as the Tar Heels ran up a 14 point halftime lead utilizing inside scoring and a tenacious defense only to see the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-1 ACC) turn the tide in the second half with increased defensive pressure while Nolan Smith and Seth Curry put on a scoring clinic.

Smith scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the second half, and Curry added 18 to his 22 as the two Duke guards scored 40 of the Blue Devils’ 50 second half points.  The combo made 14 of 19 shots, shooting 74% between them after halftime.

Curry
Duke out scored North Carolina (17-6, 7-2) 50-30 in the final 20 minutes to keep hold of first place in the league while extending their NCAA-best 33 game home winning streak.

The Blue Devils hadn’t erased a halftime deficit that big to win since 1959 when Navy took a 14 point lead to the Cameron locker rooms at the break.

Tyler Zeller had 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and John Henson added 14 points for North Carolina which had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for the third straight time in college basketball's fiercest rivalry.

Kyle Singler finished with 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting for Duke, but hit three important free throws in the final minute - including two with 25.2 seconds left to make it 75-70 after North Carolina had made it a one-possession game.

Zeller and Smith
The Blue Devils were in the unfamiliar position of being dominated on their home court when their guards got things rolling in the final seconds of the first half, with Curry's jumper at the 5-second mark starting the 18-6 run that extended into the beginning of the second period.

Missed free throws and turnovers hurt UNC.  That said, better shooting from Kyle Singler could have broken the game open for Duke.

Smith finished 13 of 23 and surpassed his previous career high of 33 points set a month ago against UAB. Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to surpass his 20-point performance Jan. 27 against Boston College.   

ACC Hump Night Hoops

Sean Mosely
MARYLAND 106, Longwood (Lancers, 4,080 students, Farmville, VA) 52 – Sean Mosley scored 20 points Wednesday night as six Maryland players finished in double figures in a rout of Longwood.

The point total was a season best for the Terrapins (16-8), who also racked up their second win of more than 50 points.

The win was Maryland coach Gary Williams' 665th career victory, pushing him past the legendary John Wooden.

Maryland was playing a rare mid-season nonconference game and Longwood (8-18) was obviously outmanned from the start as the Terps jumped to an 11-0 lead and never trailed.
The Terrapins outrebounded the Lancers 55-28, shot 54.2 percent from the field (39 of 72) and made 10 of a season-high 28 3-pointers.

Terrell Stoglin added 15 points for Maryland, while Dino Gregory had 14, Haukur Palsson 13, Pe'Shon Howard 11 and Adrian Bowie 10.

Aaron Mitchell led the Lancers with 15 points and Antwan Carter added 13.

Reggie Johnson
MIAMI 74, WAKE FOREST 73 – Evidently…the Canes like close games.

Reggie Johnson hit two free throws with 4 seconds left and Miami survived a rimmed-out 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat last-place Wake Forest on Wednesday to snap a 13-game ACC road losing streak.

Playing in his hometown, Johnson scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds, calmly sinking both foul shots for the 20th lead change of the night.

Wake Forest was out of timeouts, but quickly got the ball to J.T. Terrell, whose deep 3-pointer did a 360-degree role around the rim before falling out as the horn sounded.

Durand Scott added 17 points before fouling out for the Hurricanes (15-9, 4-6), who won their third straight game. It was Miami's first win in six tries at Joel Coliseum.

C.J. Harris scored a career-high 24 points, including two free throws with 11.3 seconds left to give Wake Forest (8-16, 1-8) its last lead.

It marked the eighth straight tight game for the Hurricanes, who are starting to find ways to win them as they try to move up the ACC ladder.

Quote Of The Day

“Somebody told me I should quit right now.”  

- Maryland head coach Gary Williams said after being told his name would forever be linked to UCLA legend John Wooden.  Last night Williams won his 665th game passing the Wizard of Westwood.

(Don't worry Terp Nation, he didn't.)

Former Michigan QB Headed To Miami

Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier signed an aid agreement on Wednesday, making his transfer to the University of Miami official. Under NCAA rules, he will not be eligible to play for the Hurricanes until 2012.

Forcier completed 219 of 365 passes for 2,647 yards, with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 20 games for the Wolverines.  Michigan went 9-11 in games in which Forcier played. He appeared in eight games this past season as Denard Robinson’s backup.

It’s a significant pickup for first-year coach Al Golden, who wanted to add two quarterbacks in this year’s recruiting class. Miami figures to have senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris vying for the starting job in 2011.

Pictures of the Day

665. Maryland students held up signs that read 665 as they celebrate head coach Gary Williams' 665 career victories after Maryland defeated Longwood. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)
DOOKIE V. UNC fans just love this move which they say typifies just how far up Coach K’s you-know-what Dick Vitale is determined to stay.  Here he dons his annual Duke blue wig to go crowd surfing with the Crazies prior to last night’s game between North Carolina and Duke.  (Photo by Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated)
GET AWAY FROM ME…I don’t like you. Gotta admit, it looks that way, doesn't it?  Duke's Mike Krzyzewski greets UNC's Roy Williams as a gaggle of photographers document the meeting. (Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
SMART, UGLY KIDS. That is what the text going around Tar Heel Nation had to say about the Crazies last night.  Just sayin'. Here Harrison Barnes doesn’t look amused…(Photo by Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated)
CAREFUL, CAMEL CROSSING. Cyclists compete during the 150.5 km third stage run from Al Wrakra to Mesajeed during the 2011 Course des Tricheurs Qatar.  (Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)
THE DREADED QUESTION. Does this battleship grey skin tight unitard make my butt look big? Canada's Erik Guay skis during the men's downhill training at the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Player's Mom(?) (Allegedly) On Internet Rampage

Yesterday there was a fair amount of email chatter in Tar Heel Nation about a comment posted (allegedly) by a recent UNC's departed player's mother over at Scout.com.  If it was legit, Mrs. Mother-of-Recently-Departed Player is full-blown crazy…If not, shame on somebody for dragging a college kid and his family through such crap.

Long in short was that now recently departed player would prove his greatness on the court this year (the post appears to have been written prior to the start of the season), and the sentence structure was bound for the Crazy Sentence Hall of Fame.

She was angry because somebody’s parents (Kendall Marshall’s ?) were overweight and according to (either the real or imagined) Mrs.  Mother-of-Recently-Departed Player “OBESE” people can’t produce athletes. To his critics she signed off with “He is a natural athelete without an OBESE FATHER or and OBESE MOTHER. Sit down while you watch him this year. He would hate for you to have a heart attack and kill over when you are so disappointed that with what you WISH FOR HIM.,,,WILL NEVER COME TRUE FOR YOU!"*

P.S. Who are these Hatians of whom she speaks and did something bad happen to their hats?

Evidently…Mrs. Mother-of-Recently-Departed Player (allegedly) would like to buy a vowel…

Our advice:  If your lookin’ to get your kid a D1 scholarship at a new school after quitting UNC mid-season, don’t tweet…or post…or talk to anybody…

You’re NOT helping, MOM!

*Items in italics may not be true. Shoot, the whole story may not be true, we're just passing it along...

Yes, It Is Rivalry Week

So some enterprising Tar Heels' fans are at it again...

Tuesday Night ACC Hoops

Demontez Stitt and Joe Trapani
CLEMSON 77, BOSTON COLLEGE 69 – Jerai Grant had 17 points, Demontez Stitt scored 16 and Clemson held off a late rally by Boston College Tuesday night.

The Tigers (17-7, 6-4 ACC) looked like they had this one wrapped up after Stitt's 3-pointer made it 59-42 with 8:22 to go.  But the Eagles (15-9, 5-5) put together a 12-0 run to cut Clemson's lead to 59-54 with less than 5 minutes left.

But Tanner Smith had an uncontested layup and Andre Young followed with a short jumper to restore control for the Tigers.

Jackson finished with 27 points and Trapani 22 for the Eagles, who fell to 0-5 all-time at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Young had 15 points and Smith 11 for Clemson, which moved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in ACC play at home this season. Grant finished 7 of 9 from the field and 3 of 3 from the foul line. He also added three blocks and a steal.

The Tigers won despite getting outrebounded 36-29 by the taller, more experienced Eagles, who started three seniors and a junior.

Clemson committed just seven turnovers and hit 17 of 22 foul shots to hold onto the lead.

Picture of the Day


BIG EAST REACH. Nortre Dame Fighting Irish Forward Mary Forr (41) and guard Ariel Braker (44) fight for a rebound with Seton Hall Pirates Tajay Ashmeade and Whitney Wood (25) at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, IN.  The Golden Domers won in a romp 89-38.  (Photo by Mat Sashore/U.S. Presswire)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ACC Basketball: Where We Stand

AP Top 25
1.Ohio St. (65)
2.Kansas
3.Texas
4.Pittsburgh
5.DUKE
6.San Diego St.
7.BYU
8.Notre Dame
9.Villanova
10.Connecticut
11.Georgetown
12.Syracuse
13.Wisconsin
14.Purdue
15.Arizona
16.Louisville
17.Florida
18.Kentucky
19.Missouri
20.NORTH CAROLINA
21.Utah St.
22.Texas A&M
23.Vanderbilt
24.Temple
25.West Virginia

ACC Players Of The Week

Jeff Allen
Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week, and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall were named the Co-ACC Rookies of the Week following their outstanding performances.

Allen recorded a pair of double-doubles in conference road games this past week. He opened the week with a 15-point, 11-rebound performance in a 77-69 win at NC State Wednesday. In Saturday's 58-56 loss at Boston College, the Washington, D.C., senior scored 25 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and had three steals. Allen now has four consecutive double-doubles, 11 this season and 39 for his career, which is tops among active ACC players.

Barnes was the leading scorer in each of North Carolina's ACC wins this past week. The Ames, Iowa, freshman had a game-high and career-best 26 points in Tuesday's 106-74 victory at Boston College. In Sunday's 89-69 win over Florida State, Barnes had a game-high 17 points and a season-high tying 10 rebounds

Kendall Marshall
Marshall had 22 assists and five turnovers combined in North Carolina's two ACC wins this past week. The Dumfries, Va., native opened the week with a seven-point, six-assist effort in a 32-point win at Boston College. 

In Sunday's 89-69 victory over Florida State, Marshall had 16 assists and nine points against the Seminoles' No. 1 nationally-ranked defense. The 16 assists are a UNC freshman record for assists in any game and the most assists ever by a Tar Heel in an ACC game (includes 948 career regular season and Tournament games).

The Streak: The Twelfth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Shemp Howard was still alive…

The Streak: Game Twelve, December 4, 1954 – North Carolina 99, Clemson 66.

Times were tough in Clemson as the Tigers finished the year 2-21 and 0-14 in the ACC. Their two wins both came at the expense of Georgia and both were exciting games 74-72 and 105-94.  Speaking of 100 points, the Tigers gave up the century mark in nine games.  Duke and Furman scored 100 points, Virginia and Wake Forest did it twice and N.C. State put up 100 on three separate occasions.

North Carolina finished the season 10-11 and 8-6 in the ACC that was good enough for fourth.  Lennie Rosenbluth was a sophomore and the Heels still had a few kinks to work out.  N.C. State under the guidance of Everett Case won the regular season and their second straight ACC tournament with an 87-77 win over Duke in the final.  The Wolfpack’s Ron Shavlik was the tournament MVP.

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked #4 in the AP poll with a 28-4 record in spite of not playing in the NCAA tournament due to the Suits Then In Kansas’ sanctions.

Shemp Howard was born March 4, 1895 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  He is best known as a part of the Three Stooges comedy team.  He was the older brother of both Moe Howard and Jerome "Curly" Howard as well as the "third stooge" in the early years of the act. He would rejoin the trio in May 1946 after Curly suffered a serious stroke.

Shemp used his somewhat homely appearance for comic effect once playing along with a publicity stunt that named him "The Ugliest Man in Hollywood.”

Notoriously phobic, his fears included airplanes, automobiles, dogs and water. 

On November 22, 1955, while returning home by taxicab from attending a boxing match, Howard died of a massive heart attack. He was lighting a cigar after telling a joke when he suddenly slumped over dead.

Pictures of the Day

SNOW PARTY. Green Bay Packer fans shovel snow out of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin prior to the team hosting a victory celebration today.  (Photo by Mike Roemer/AP)

HEY, HE REALLY DID GO TO DISNEY WORLD. Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. (Photo by Gene Duncan/AP)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pictures of the Day

SUPER GAFF. Singer Christina Aguilera muffed a line while performing the National Anthem during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Pregame Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas, thus proving she wasn't lip-syncing. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America)
NOW THAT’S DEDICATED.  Green Bay Packers fans tailgate outside of Lambeau Field prior to the start of the Super Bowl on February 6, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Rumor has it that it was cold. (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images North America)
GOING TO DISNEY WORLD.  MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers holds up The Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CHOPPED VEGGIES.  Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas and Slash perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  The overwhelming response of 40 to 50-year-old viewers was "Is that Slash? I thought he was dead...?  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

THE KENDALL MARSHALL SHOW

Kendall Marshall
#23 NORTH CAROLINA 89, FLORIDA STATE 69 – It is February and all those freshmen who were playing like freshman are now looking like fully-functioning cogs in the Tar Heels high octane offense.

The latest to shine is Kendall Marshall, who inherited the starting point guard after North Carolina’s debacle and Georgia Tech and then found himself in the spotlight on Friday after fellow point guard Larry Drew II abruptly up and quit the team.

All Marshall did in his soloist debut, which was sure to mean many more minutes than usual, was set the all-time records for assists by a Tar Heel in a regular season ACC game.

Marshall was one point away from a double/double scoring 9 points to go along with his 16 assists (the most since Raymond Felton had 18 against George Mason in December 2003).  Marshall, while playing a season-high 36 minutes, had an assist to turnover ratio of 16 to 3.

Fellow rookie Harrison Barnes scored 17 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-5, 7-1 ACC) who led almost the entire way ripping through a stingy Seminole defense to win for the 10th time in 11 games.

Dexter Strickland
UNC’s  89 points and 56 percent shooting were the most allowed by the Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) this season.

Marshall had taken over the starting job from Drew after an ugly 20-point loss at Georgia Tech, and the Tar Heels hadn’t lost since. Then Drew walked out, issuing a statement without even a word to his teammates while relying on his father—Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew—to tell coach Roy Williams in a phone call.

Tyler Zeller and John Henson both scored 16 points for the Tar Heels, while Dexter Strickland had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in a season-high 35 minutes.

Chris Singleton scored 15 points to lead Florida State, which shot 47 percent but struggled to contain Marshall and his teammates.

(Photos by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

ACC Saturday Hoops

Nolan Smith - 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists

#5 DUKE 76 , N.C. STATE 52 – Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Singler added 14 points for Duke (21-2, 8-1), as the top team in the ACC had little trouble with one of its worst.

MIAMI 70, VIRGINIA 68 OT

CLEMSON 65, GEORGIA TECH 56

BOSTON COLLEGE 58, VIRGINIA TECH 56

MARYLAND 91, WAKE FOREST 70

To see the game recaps, click here

Picture of the Day

FACIAL. Josh Hairston of Duke gets a face full from Lorenzo Brown of N.C. State while chasing a loose ball during the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. (Photo by Peyton Williams/Getty Images)

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