Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball

MIAMI @ FLORIDA STATE, 1pm, ACC Network/ESPN3

#20 VIRGINIA @ #5 NORTH CAROLINA, 2pm/ACC Network/ESPN3

CLEMSON @ WAKE FOREST, 4pm, RSN/ESPN3

MARYLAND @ #9 DUKE, 4pm, ESPN/ESPN3


Terps To Honor Graham and Rhodes




Maryland officials on Wednesday announced that Ernie Graham and Johnny Rhodes will become the 17th and 18th former men’s basketball players to have their jerseys honored in pregame ceremonies at Comcast Center later this month.

Graham will have his jersey raised on Feb. 16, when Maryland hosts Boston College. Rhodes’s jersey will be honored Feb. 21, when Maryland hosts Miami.

Graham’s 1,607 career points rank 13th in Maryland history, but he is most remembered for the 44 points he scored as a sophomore against North Carolina State in 1978, which still endures as a single-game school record. As a junior, he helped lead Coach Lefty Driesell’s squad to the NCAA Sweet 16, averaging more than 15 points a game while accounting for 136 assists, 230 rebounds and 43 steals.

Rhodes, the ACC’s all-time steals leader (344), played for Maryland Coach Gary Williams for four seasons (1992-96). He was a three-time all-ACC selection and had a role in helping Maryland twice reach the Sweet 16.

In addition to leading Maryland in career steals, Rhodes ranks fifth among Terrapin players in three-pointers (186), 10th in total points (1,743) and 10th in assists (437).

Things That Make You Go...


Hmmm...

Somebody call the logo police...
Czech Republic's Tomas Rolinek controls the puck in front of Finland's defender Mikko Kousa during the Finland vs. Czech Republic ice hockey match in the Oddset Hockey Games at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, on February 11, 2012.

(AFP Photo)

Pictures Of The Day

Sweden Frida Hansdotter competes during the Fis Alpine Ski World Cup women's Slalom race at Soldeu Ski resort in Andorra on February 11, 2012. Austrian Marlies Schild won the race ahead of Hansdotter and Austrian Kathrin Zettel. (Javier Soriano/AFP Photo)
Look at all the happy white people!  Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates scoring his second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 11, 2012. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Courtney Force, the twenty-three-year-old daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car National Champion John Force, with her 7,000 horsepower funny car after qualifying sixth (303.16 mph) for the NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.  Force attends Cal State Fullerton where she is majoring in Communications. (Photo by PacificCoastNews.com)
Former Wake Forest star Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the game-winning shot against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers on February 10, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Friday, February 10, 2012

ACC Basketball: Where We Stand

Subject to change...

Here are the standings for men’s basketball with a pretty full slate of ACC games coming up this weekend.

SATURDAY
Miami @ Florida State
Virginia @ North Carolina
Clemson @ Wake Forest
Maryland @ Duke

SUNDAY
Boston College @ Virginia Tech

If the season ended today, we would predict that six ACC teams – the top six in the standings – would be invited to the NCAA tournament.

All six teams have RPI rankings that should be numerically sufficient for invites to the Big Dance: Duke (2nd in RPI), North Carolina (8), Florida State (21), Miami (36), Virginia (42) and N.C. State (54).

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

C.J. LESLIE (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
N.C. STATE 61, GEORGIA TECH 52 - C.J. Williams scored 15 points and North Carolina State avenged a loss to Georgia Tech last month, holding off the Yellow Jackets Thursday night.

The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3 ACC) got a typically balanced scoring attack, with three other players in double figures. Kammeon Holsey had 17 points for Georgia Tech (9-15, 2-8), which couldn't overcome 32 percent shooting, including 1-for-17 from 3-point range.

The Yellow Jackets upset N.C. State 82-71 in Raleigh, giving coach Brian Gregory his first ACC win. The Wolfpack could not afford another setback like that to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid.

N.C. State forward Scott Wood finally missed a free throw, ending his ACC record streak at 66 in a row. Actually, he missed three, going 2-for-5 at the foul line.



MIAMI 65, VIRGINIA TECH 49 - Don't look now, but the Canes seem to be rounding into form under Big Dance veteran coach Jim Larranaga formerly of George Mason.  


DURAND SCOTT (Carl Juste/Miami Herald)
Reggie Johnson scored 15 points as Miami defeated Virginia Tech Thursday night to follow up Sunday's win over No. 7 Duke.

The Hurricanes (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) built an eight-point halftime lead and outscored Virginia Tech 10-4 in the first 4:22 of the second half. Johnson's layup with 15:38 remaining put the Hurricanes ahead, 40-26.

The Hokies (13-11, 2-7) rallied with an 8-0 run. Dorian Finney-Smith's layup off a Miami turnover with 7:58 remaining ended the run and put Virginia Tech within 47-42.

Larkin scored 14 points and Kenny Kadji finished with 11 points for Miami, which won its fifth straight.
Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points and increased his double-digit scoring streak to 25 consecutive games.

Gimme Three (or Four) Steps Mister...

...And you’ll never see me no more!
Tar Heel Nation is unhappy with this non-call of a travel on Set Curry before he buried a three point bomb during Duke’s furious late rally.  Blue Devil fans counter with “Well, yeah, what about this uncalled foul and that uncalled foul? The Tar Heels were (fill in the blank) the whole damn game!”


(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Or something like that...and, that exchange happens somewhere between somebody after every game.

Hey, it’s basketball, calls get missed. Especially inside where big bodies are banging around.  But, this call was a little different.

Let’s preface this with ACC refs don’t blow calls on purpose. Any suggestion to their face that they do so would likely end in fisticuffs.  And well they should.

That said, even the best refs blow calls.  That’s why coaches work the officials so hard. They aren’t trying to consciously win an argument or influence a call, they are conducting subconscious warfare hoping at some point they will get the benefit of the doubt on a split second decision.  

What is so different about this particular error is not that it occurred at a critical time, but that it occurred not under a crowded basket with big bodies banging around, but in the open court in full view of everybody in the building and on TV.  

Also worthy of note is that it occurred directly in front of the Duke bench and the infraction was so obvious that the ESPN broadcast crew pointed it out immediately after only seeing the play in real time.  On the broadcast, you can hear the boos and see the Tar Heel faithful signaling traveling to no avail, while Jay Bilas and Dickie V note the uncalled infraction.

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Finally, it was also very noticeable because this wasn’t a judgement call...it wasn’t a matter of was it a charge or a block, or did the defender touch the shooters arm or just the ball. or was the ball coming down so it was goal tending or a legit block?  No,  traveling is a simple non-judgement call that only requires that the official count the number of steps taken by the player.

Typically, most traveling calls in a game are called on big men, mostly forwards and centers who shuffle their feet prior to making a move requiring a dribble.  A traveling call on a guard is very rare, and perhaps that is part of this equation as well.

We suppose it’s possible that none of the refs could believe a seasoned vet like Curry took four steps.  Yes, four.  Watch closely:  He takes a step as he catches the ball, then he skips that foot forward, then he takes two more steps - that’s four.  One could argue the first step didn’t count since he was making the catch, so that trims it down to just three steps.  

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Interestingly, several possessions later ESPN showed the replay above...it speaks for itself.

Did it change the outcome of the ballgame?  Probably not.  Did Coach K’s non-stop wrangling of the refs make a difference when a critical play unfolded directly in front of him?  Who knows?  Did Roy Williams' indignation earn him a makeup call on the next possession?  Maybe...?

In the end, all unanswerable questions.  It’s all part of the game, and the play will remain a footnote to a classic rivalry game for years to come.  

When’s the rematch?

Wolfpack Scores The Most Big Macs

LEWIS (Michael Beswick/The Republican)
And we don’t mean in that “do you want fries with that” sort of way, but in the McDonald’s All-American basketball team where Duke and North Carolina typically dominate the hamburger helpers.

N.C. State leads the way with three All-American recruits: point guard Tyler Lewis of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), shooting guard Rodney Purvis of Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, N.C.) and small forward T.J. Warren of Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.). Kentucky and Arizona claim two selections apiece, while no other college currently has multiple recruits selected to the game.

For detailed resumes, click here

Duke has one in shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon and UNC has one in point guard Marcus Paige. Neither team currently has pressing needs at those particular positions.


UNC's Strickland Has Knee Surgery

(via Twitter)
North Carolina junior Dexter Strickland has had surgery to repair a knee injury that will sideline him the rest of the season.

Strickland had reconstructive surgery Thursday on his torn right anterior cruciate ligament as well as damaged meniscus. Strickland was hurt on a drive to the basket in the Tar Heels' win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 19.

The school says Strickland recovery time has yet to be determined.

Strickland started the first 19 games for the fifth-ranked Tar Heels. He was the team's top perimeter defender and No. 2 ballhandler while averaging about eight points per game.

Notes From ESPN’s College Basketball Nation Blog

(Bob Donnan/US Presswire)
By Myron Medcalf/ESPN: These players...and teams have changed our perceptions, expectations and projections in the middle of the season. Some for better, some for worse. The bottom line is that we have a completely different take on these players right now than we did in November. 


Some of these characters even changed our minds overnight. They’ve certainly transformed our opinions.

Austin Rivers -- Before The Shot, Rivers had taken a turn toward his potential. Entering Wednesday night’s buzzer-beating victory over North Carolina (more on the Tar Heels soon), he’d averaged 16.5 ppg, shot 47.4 percent from the field and hit 39.3 percent of his 3s in his past six games. His early struggles suggested that he might not live up to the preseason buzz. The first-year combo guard is beginning to put it together at the right time. But the Blue Devils need Rivers to lead for the rest of the season.

North Carolina -- The Tar Heels were the preseason favorites to win the national title. They entered the season No. 1 on every chart that mattered. With Harrison Barnes & Co. returning for another year, the expectations for the program were grand. Their collapse over the last three minutes of their Wednesday home loss to Duke only showcased the ongoing concern about a Tar Heels squad that has four losses before mid-February. They don’t pounce on opponents or execute like past championship-caliber Tar Heels squads. The pre-NCAA tournament stakes don’t get higher than a rivalry game against the Blue Devils. And this talented group couldn’t finish. The doubts should persist.

To read more, click here

Pictures Of The Da(l)y




John Daly plays a variety of shots during the second round of the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majilis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 10, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Daly is -1 after two rounds and unlikely to make the cut.  The current leader, Rory McIlroy is -13.  (Photos by David Cannon and Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

Fred Couples of the USA plays his tee shot at the par 4, 8th hole during the second round of the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majilis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 10, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
What the hell are these people doing?  According to Sports Illustrated, this is PA Flyers defensemen (whatever that is) Kimmo Timonen (not from around here) knocking the net (whatever that is, we don’t SEE any FISH?) on top of his goalie (Ehhhh?) Sergei Bobrovsky (Rooskie? Moose and squirrel?) during their game with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Leafs? Really?).  Like we said, who the hell knows? (Chris Szagola/Cal Sport Media)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Battle For Tobacco Road - Chapter 233 - Explained

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Why Duke Won:

1) The Blue Devils refused to quit when they had multiple opportunities to do so.

2) They hit three key three pointers down the stretch and outscored Carolina 42-3 from behind the arc.

3) They were a little lucky – Zeller’s tip, Kelly’s long rebound, Curry’s uncalled travel.

Why North Carolina Lost:

1) Flawed end-game strategy or execution. As we weren’t in the huddle, we don’t know which.

2) Atypical bad plays by good players – Kendall Marshall’s rare turnover, Harrison Barnes’ needless offensive foul, Zeller’s missed free throws.

3) Key defensive error - On the switch prior to the final shot, Zeller (and we aren’t picking on him), should have smothered Rivers and made him drive to the basket where Henson and Co. would be waiting.  A made two-pointer would have been discouraging (to force overtime), but a three-pointer amounted to a devastating North Carolina loss.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
4) They were a little unlucky.  (See #3 above)

What It All Means:

1) Who cares, it’s early February. North Carolina could have had a two game lead on Duke and a one game lead on Florida State, but, in all likelihood, the roller coaster is just getting started…For now, all three are tied for first in the ACC with 7-2 records.

Both teams will live to fight another day, but they did manage to write another amazing chapter in the history of the storied rivalry.

ACC Wednesday Night Basketball

THE GAME WINNER (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#9 DUKE 85, #5 NORTH CAROLINA 84 - For the first 15 minutes of the game, it looked like #5 North Carolina couldn’t win, and for almost all of the second half it seemed like they couldn’t lose...

But, evidently, nobody told #9 Duke that...

Add another chapter to the storied Tobacco Road rivalry as last night the Tar Heels led every minute of the second half against arch rival Duke until freshman Austin Rivers three-pointer went through the net after time had expired to give the Blue Devils an improbable 85-84 win.

North Carolina’s weakness -- perimeter defense and lack of a killer instinct -- allowed Duke to take the lead for most of the first half behind seven three pointers.  Carolina dominated the second half and held a double digit lead most of that period until Duke started their final run which included three more made shots from behind the arc.

Adding to the lore of the rivalry, Duke's Seth Curry made a critical three after he took three or four (depending on who was counting, and the entire ESPN broadcast crew agreed it was at least three) steps and UNC's Tyler Zeller made a basket for Duke with under 15 seconds to play.  Combined with a series of bonehead plays by Carolina, Duke made the big plays when in mattered to snatch the unlikely win.

Duke outscored UNC 42 to 3 from behind the arc.  Carolina was 1 for 6 on three point tries.  Oddly enough, with 2:38 to play, the Tar Heels enjoyed a 10 point lead in spite of the fact that the Blue Devils had outscored them from behind the arc by 33 to 3.

The Blue Devils outscored Carolina 13-2 in the aforementioned decisive final 2:38 after the Tar Heels led 82-72.  According to the Raleigh News & Observer, after Harrison Barnes gave UNC that lead, writers on press row went back to the media room to start filing their stories as the Tar Heels seemed content to hang on and escape with the win.

But Duke had a different ending in mind...

Rivers led Duke with 29 points going 6 of 10 from behind the arc.  Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry each added 15 points while Mason Plumlee pulled down 14 rebounds. 

Tyler Zeller had 19 points in the first half and 23 for the game while Harrison Barnes put up 19 in the second half, scoring 25 for the game.  After tipping in the basket to bring Duke to within one point, Zeller then missed a free throw that allowed Rivers to win the game with a three-pointer over the seven-footer.  A tough ending for Zeller who had a double/double (23 points, 12 rebounds) and two blocks.

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
As expected, the Tar Heels dominated the game inside out rebounding the Blue Devils 41to 31.

Although Carolina coach Roy Williams seemed to be imploring his team to keep up the fast tempo late in the game, they slowed the pace down to the preferred half-court game that plays to Duke’s strengths.

The book on these two teams remains the same. North Carolina has to improve on it’s perimeter defense and close out games late in the second half while Duke is tough to beat when they make three-pointers and free throws.  


Both teams need to shoot better from the charity stripe -- North Carolina (70%) missed nine (including some key ones down the stretch) while the Blue Devils (65%) missed nine as well. 

HARRIS (Andrew Shurtleff/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 68, WAKE FOREST 44 - Mike Scott made all nine of his shots and scored 19 points to lead the Wahoos over the Demon Deacons.

Joe Harris added 11 points and three other players were in double figures for the Cavaliers (19-4, 6-3 ACC), who ended a six-game losing skid at the hands of the Demon Deacons.

Travis McKie scored 16 points for Wake Forest (11-13, 2-8), which has dropped five in a row and nine of its past 11. C.J. Harris scored 10.

Leading by 21 at the break after scoring the final 12 points of the half, the Cavaliers put it away by hitting their first six shots of the second period and took a 52-21 lead.

The Cavaliers dominated the opening half, shooting 70.8 percent (17 of 24) from the field and taking a 40-19 lead into the break.

Scott nailed all seven of his attempts from the floor and contributed 15 points in the first 20 minutes.

Things That Make You Go...

DANIELS (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
Hmmm...

BOSTON COLLEGE 64, #15 FLORIDA STATE 60 -  Congratulations Seminole Nation, North Carolina pushed you right off the post-bad loss media/fan hot seat...

Boston College's Jordan Daniels scored a career-high 19 points, hitting four three-pointers as the Eagles upset a Florida State team that entered the night atop the ACC standings. BC (8-16, 3-7 ACC) had lost nine of its previous 11 and had not beaten a ranked team in three years.

But the Eagles took the lead midway through the first half by hitting six 3-pointers during a 23-3 run that turned a 13-point deficit into a seven-point lead. Daniels started it all off with a jumper, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the deficit from seven points to one.

OOPS (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
Michael Snaer scored 16 for Florida State (16-7, 7-2). But he shot 6-for-18 from the floor and made one of seven three-point attempts.

Matt Humphrey scored 15 points and Ryan Anderson had 14 points and six rebounds for the Eagles.

Florida State, which had attained its highest ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 since 1998, entered the night tied with North Carolina atop the ACC. The Seminoles won the head-to-head matchup.


Quote Of The Day

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
"They're really good and they can knock you out. And we didn't get knocked out. And as a result, we hung in there and we won the last round. I'm not sure we won the whole fight, but the last round, we did, and we won the game. But we fought the entire time. We fought a really good fight."

-- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

Quote Of The Day 2

SNAER (L) (Photo by Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
“Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team—we weren’t as focused as we should have been and that caught up with us at the end of the game. We get national recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.”

-- Florida State guard Michael Snaer Wednesday night after BC beat the Seminoles 64-60 to snap their seven-game win streak.

Quote Of The Day 3

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
"We had been closing games pretty well. But we didn't tonight."

-- UNC head coach Roy Williams.

Part 2:Things That Make You Go...


Hmmm....
Tiger Woods walks to his ball on the 5th green of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club shore course as waves crash in the background during practice for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  

(Photo by Eric Risberg/AP)

Pictures Of The Day

 James Michael McAdoo #43 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives to the basket on Miles Plumlee #21 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots a free throw against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke guard Austin Rivers (0) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a three pointer as time expired to beat UNC 85-84.  (Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Fans of the North Carolina Tar Heels prepare for their game against the DukeBlue Devils at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with teammate Quinn Cook #2 after hitting a game-winning 3 pointer to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-84 during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Duke Blue Devils celebrate after Austin Rivers #0 makes a game-winning 3 pointer as time expires to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 85-84 at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday ACC Basketball

(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) 
MARYLAND 64, CLEMSON 62 - Terrell Stoglin scored a game-high 27 points and helped Maryland hold off a late rally by Clemson Tuesday night.

The Terrapins (14-9, 4-5 ACC) were seemingly in control, leading 53-39 with 7:55 to go, but the Tigers (11-12, 3-6) went on a 19-6 run to cut the lead to a single point on a pair of free throws by Devin Booker with 1:14 remaining.

After a Maryland timeout, Sean Mosley fed Alex Len in the post for a layup to make it 61-58 and Stoglin followed with two foul shots to put Maryland in front 63-59.

Clemson's Milton Jennings hit a 3-pointer to draw the Tigers within one once again, but after a free throw by Mosley, Andre Young's halfcourt heave at the buzzer bounced off the rim to preserve the Terrapins' first road win of the season.

Stoglin had one of his more efficient games of the year, knocking down 9 of 11 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. It was the 17th 20-point game of the season for the sophomore, who also added a career-high four steals and knocked down 5 of 6 at the free-throw line.

Pictures Of The Day

A picture taken on February 8, 2012 at Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris, during the Paris' WTA tournament, shows tattooed right arm of US Bethanie Mattek-Sands returning to Germany's Kristina Barrois during their first round tennis match . (Photo by Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)
A fan holds a sign at a rally to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium on February 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants speaks to fans at a rally to celebrate the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory at MetLife Stadium on February 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Switzerland's Didier Cuche skis past during the first training of the Men's World Cup Downhill on February 8, 2012 in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Resort near Sochi. This Alpine world cup is a test event for the Winter Olympics Games to be held in 2014 in Sochi. (Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP)
Red Bull Racing's Australian Mark Webber drives during a Formula One training session at Jerez racetrack, on February 8, 2012 in Jerez de la Frontera. (Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP)
Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators during the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ACC Players Of The Week

JOHNSON (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Miami center Reggie Johnson, whose low-post presence helped the Hurricanes to a pair of overtime victories in conference play, has been named ACC Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 5.

In voting for Rookie of the Week, Duke guard Austin Rivers earned acclaim for the third consecutive week and for the sixth time in 13 opportunities.

Johnson, a 6-foot-10 junior from Winston-Salem, N.C., who missed this season's first nine games while recovering from a knee injury, scored a career-high 27 points and collected 12 rebounds as the Hurricanes defeated No. 7 Duke 78-74 on Sunday. The victory was the first for the Miami program at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where it had been 0-7.

The Hurricanes lost a 16-point second-half lead but regrouped behind the play of their center, whose field goal with 3:19 left opened the scoring in overtime and put Miami ahead to stay. Johnson later grabbed an offensive rebound, drew a foul and made both free throws to make it a 73-69 game. Earlier in the week, the Hurricanes earned a 90-86, double-OT win over Maryland as Johnson contributed 13 points and five rebounds.

Miami becomes the first ACC team to win back-to-back games in league play and in overtime since Georgia Tech defeated Duke 73-71 on Feb. 7, 1996 and earned a 92-83 victory over North Carolina three days later.
Rivers, a 6-4 freshman from Winter Park, Fla., delivered 20 points and a career-high nine rebounds while committing only two turnovers in 43 minutes against the Hurricanes. That performance followed a 4-for-6 shooting effort from the 3-point line in the Blue Devils' win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 2. For the week, Rivers averaged 19 points a game and was charged with four turnovers in 78 minutes of play.

In the previous 41 years of Rookie of the Week honors, only two players, 10-time winners Kenny Anderson of Georgia Tech in 1990 and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina in 2006, have been cited more than six times. Rivers ties the Duke record for rookie honors held by Luol Deng, a six-time honoree in 2003-04.

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm...

Just sayin...

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