Friday, February 24, 2012

ACC Thursday Night Basketball

DAWKINS (Phil Sears/AP Photo)
#5 DUKE 74, #15 FLORIDA STATE 66 -- Andre Dawkins scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 to lead the Blue Devils to a victory over Florida State 33 days after being upset by the Seminoles on their own court.

The win kept the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-2) tied with No. 7 North Carolina for first place in the ACC while Florida State (19-8, 10-3) dropped a game behind.  The Blue Devils and Tar Heels now control their own destiny -- if either win out (including the season ending rematch in Durham), they will be the regular season champion and well positioned for a high seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Duke showed once again that when they make threes they are hard to beat.  The Blue Devils made 13 of 28 from behind the arc outscoring the Seminoles on three pointers by a margin of 39 to 12.  The Noles were 4 for 12 from treyville. 

Game over.

While Florida State is one game shy of a 20-win season, they are far from polished. Last night they failed over and over to take advantage of opportunities that could have made this a closer game or even a win in spite of Duke’s superior three-point shooting.  FSU missed free throws, blew fast break opportunities and took woeful outside shots when they should have pounded the ball inside where both Plumlees were in foul trouble. 

Seminole coach Leonard Hamilton was visibly frustrated at times...

(Phil Sears/AP Photo)
Dawkins scored 18 points over the last 11:23 of the first half, going 5 of 7 from 3-point range as Duke took a 39-32 lead.  Ryan Kelly added 13 points and Miles Plumlee had 10 for Duke, which shot 42.3 percent from the field.

"We allowed them to do what they do best and knock down 3s," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It was very difficult for us to get over the hump."

Michael Snaer had 18 points for the Seminoles, while Bernard James added 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Snaer, whose first of two buzzer-beating game-winning 3-pointers this season ended Duke's 45-game home winning streak last month, sat out the last 9:49 of the first half after drawing his second personal foul.

The Seminoles, who have never won an ACC title, beat Duke and North Carolina in January, but they never got a shot at any last-second heroics Thursday although they got within three points twice, the last at 61-58 with 4:17 left on a three-point play by James.

Political Correctness Running Amok (Again)

ESPN is now the clear front-runner for the T.A.H. Duke Lacrosse Fire, Ready Aim Award given annually to an organization or person who rushes to action in order to fend off public criticism.  You may recall that officials at Duke bowed to various groups and dismissed their LAX coach almost immediately after Strippergate based on allegations that would later prove to be false.

Now ESPN seems to have rushed to judgment and unfairly fired Anthony Federico for his much talked about “Chink In The Armor” headline regarding New York Knick Jeremy Lin’s nine turnovers in a recent loss to the Hornets.  

TIME OUT: Here’s what we’ve learned in the blogshpere.  People read the headline and a few words and then form an opinion prior to leaving comments over at reprint sites like Yardbarker and Bleacher Report impugning the writer’s character without actually reading the article or endeavoring to understand the point of said dissertation. Seriously, that’s what happens…

With that as preface, we will state the CONCLUSION of this editorial upfront:  ESPN “unfairly” fired Federico based on the simple fact that they didn’t fire their anchor that said the same thing.  

(Al Diaz/AP Photo)
We aren’t condoning what Frederico wrote or what ESPN anchor Max Breto (and Knicks play-by-play guy Speros Dedos) said.  We aren’t trying to justify it, we are simply saying that a mistake was made and the punishment should be consistent and that “intent” should certainly be part of the equation.  What is good for the editor’s goose should be good for the anchor’s gander.

That said, there are people who think that ESPN should have fired Federico. We are not those people.  The firing seems a bit over the top especially when compared to the penalties given other members of the media who made the same mistake on the same night.  In each case, the offensive language appears to have been an honest, albeit stupid, mistake.

We say get all three some sensitivity training so he doesn’t do it again, and move on.  ESPN suspended for 30 days the anchor who used a similar (if not the same line), but fired Federico.  That simply Doesn’t fly here.  Neither should have been fired unless they used the term purposefully as a racial slur and it would seem that neither did for a variety of obvious reasons (like not wanting to get fired!).

That said, there are still those who endorse ESPN’s firing and plenty of others using the story to make various headlines.

California Congresswoman Judy CHu called the headline “appalling and offensive” and said, “The ‘c’ word is for Asian- Americans like the 'n' word is for African-Americans.”  

No one would argue her point, and it’s hard to find a similar example.  Joe Eskenazi of the San Francisco Weekly, did make this comparison: 

“...It's a lot easier to imagine a late-shift editor inadvertently writing a racially charged headline at 2:30 a.m. than carefully plotting out surefire career suicide. In that manner, l'affaire d' Chink in the Armor harks to the 1999 Niggardly Incident. 

(Andrew Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
You may recall that one. A bit over a decade ago, David Howard -- an overly erudite aide to Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony Williams -- used the term "niggardly" during a public meeting when discussing a fund's meager budget. 

This was, technically, apropos: "Niggardly" essentially means "stingy." But for Howard, who is white, to use this term in mixed company was unwise and unnecessary. He should have just said "stingy." 

Howard resigned, and Williams -- under heavy political pressure -- accepted his resignation. However, in a rare instance of everything really working out in the end, the media and general public overreacted to this overreaction, and Williams was successfully pressured to hire Howard back.” 

So much for the history lesson.

A few days ago, when Congresswoman Chu learned that Frederico admitted he had used the line in at least 100 headlines, she said:

“If he was using it all those times, that is extremely sad. The word was used since the 1880s to demean Chinese Americans and to deprive them of rights, and it is used on playgrounds specifically to humiliate and to offend Asian-Americans. So I don’t know where he's been all this time.” 

Well, we are guessing the 28-year-old Frederico’s been in a world where he doesn’t have any prejudice against Asian-Americans and where he only ever used the word “chink” in close proximity to the word “armor.”  We would make the same claim.  We haven’t heard “chink” as a derogatory term since the 1970‘s, but we live in the Mid-Atlantic -- not the Northeast or on the West Coast.  Note that even Chu said the word “was” used, not “is” used.  

Some words simply go away over time with “niggardly” being a prime example.  Looks like “chink” is about to be retired as well, and we aren’t saying that’s a bad thing, just pointing out how the language changes based on current social norms and prevailing moral standards.    

Back to the main point, the firing of Frederico.  When the New York Post makes sense, you know the world is going mad(der).  They pointed out, among other things, that Federico, Bretos and Dedos all used the same term the SAME NIGHT which demonstrated, among some more things, how overused the term is by sport’s media. Not to mention the good journalism point that the NYP makes: “Chink in the armor’ is just one of a million clichés you should avoid for no other reason than that they’re clichés.”

(Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated)
In retrospect, it was a poor choice of words and everybody who used the phrase should take note and edit accordingly.  As several have pointed out, it’s like saying “bomb” in an airport. In this day and age, you simply don’t do that. 

All of them should have connected the dots.  They didn’t. They effed up. They all apologized.  One was fired, one was suspended and one was scolded.  That doesn’t add up.

If he’s telling the truth, and we assume he is, over in the plus column he lists 1) befriending and rescuing a homeless guy; 2) working in a orphanage in Haiti; 3) adopting an Alzheimer’s patient and 4) conducting a fundraiser for a buddies premature children among other Boy Scout-worthy deeds.

So, he’s not a bad guy…

In addition, Lin didn’t seem terribly upset about the poor choice of words either saying “I don't think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don't care anymore,”

Mistakes were made. Good people were offended. ESPN over-reacted.  End of story.   

Just sayin’.

Play ball.

Things That Make You Go...


Conservative MP Tracey Crouch races Liberal Democrat Lord Redesdale during the Annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race on February 21, 2012 in London, England. Now in it's 15th year the annual Pancake Race which races money for the charity Rehab sees teams of Lords, MPs and political correspondents racing in a circuit whilst (English word!) tossing pancakes in a frying pan on Shrove Tuesday. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)
 Sky News presenter Adam Boulton leads from the start line of the Annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake whilst (English word!) tossing pancakes in a frying pan.  (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images Europe)

Pictures Of The Day

Horses and jockeys clear a hurdle during the Donenico Adorno 85th Birthday Novice Hurdle at Huntingdon Racecourse in England.  (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
A player on the West tam gives a young fan an autographed basketball before the NWBA All-Star Wheelchiar Classic during the NBA All-Star Weekend. (Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images)
President and CEO of Nike, Inc. Mark Parker speaks as Nike introduces new basketball and training technology at Basketball City, Pier 36 on February 22, 2012 in New York City. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America)
The Oracle Racing AC45 catamarans practice near the Golden Gate Bridge on February 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72, which teams will race in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup finals in 2013 in San Francisco. The AC45 will be featured at the America's Cup World Series. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Forgive Jack Blankenship if he’s starting to get a big head.With appearances this week on the “Today” show and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” the 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman has gone from Internet sensation to, well, just plain old sensation.  His claim to fame? He wields an oversized cutout of his head at Crimson Tide basketball games, capturing attention far beyond that of the targeted opposing team’s shooters. (The Daily/iPad)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

ACC Football Off Season Crime

Wow, what took so long?  We usually have a bunch of football player off-season crime stories by now…

Authorities say Florida State tailback James Wilder Jr. was arrested after a confrontation with deputies.

Florida's Leon County Sheriff's Office reports the 19-year-old was at a Tallahassee apartment Tuesday when deputies went to arrest a 20-year-old woman for missing a court appearance.

As a deputy escorted the woman to a patrol car, a sheriff's report says, Wilder stepped between the deputy and the woman and pushed the deputy.

Wilder was arrested and charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence and battery on the officer. Jail records show he was released on $2,000 bail.

Wilder's first season with the Seminoles was in 2011. He is the son of James Wilder, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' all-time career rushing leader.

Florida State's sports information department didn't immediately comment on the development.

Sources tell T.A.H. that FSU SID doesn’t comment on misdemeanors…any more.  If the FSU SID had a good sense of humor, they would have issued as statement that simply said "Dadgummit."

Honestly, we figure Wilder was looking to be chivalrous and just got a little carried away…

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Crack T.A.H. Research Team Uncovers Rare(?) Artifact

While going about its routine daily research so we may constantly bring you, our loyal readers, the most up-to-date and interesting stories regarding ACC sports, the world renown T.A.H. Worldwide Media Research Team discovered the item pictured at right in the garage at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters.

Does anybody know what this thing is and what it is meant to do?

Former Wahoo LAX Player Guilty Of Murder, Attorney Calls Out UVA’s “Lacrosse Ghetto”

(Balimore Sun Photo)
It never seemed to be a question of guilty or innocent in the murder trial of former Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V who was accused of murdering Yeardley Love, it was simply matter of what charge the jury would eventually find him guilty.

Yesterday, a jury found Huguely guilty of second degree murder and then recommended 26 years in prison for the beating death of “his former girlfriend amid a swirl of betrayal, distrust, anger and a culture of drinking.”

According to the AP, the prosecutor who meticulously and methodically constructed the case spoke glumly late Wednesday about a trial that put on display a much-diminished athlete and the horrific injuries he inflicted upon the young woman he professed to love. It played out before two families shattered by the experience.

Jurors deliberated about nine hours before returning a verdict on the murder count, then recommended that Huguely serve 25 years. The maximum prison term for second-degree murder is 40 years. He also was found guilty of grand larceny, with the jury recommending one year in prison.

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire set an April court date for sentencing matters before formal sentencing, expected to be held in summer. He is not bound by the jury’s recommendations, but Virginia judges typically heed jurors’ wishes.

The defense did not present any witnesses at the sentencing hearing. Members of the Huguely family declined to speak as they left the courthouse.

The jury of seven men and five women considered testimony from nearly 60 witnesses over nine days.

They had to decide whether Huguely battered Love to death in a jealous outburst or if his intent to talk with her spiraled out of control and she died accidentally. They also suggested her own drinking and a prescription drug used for attention deficit disorder could have contributed to her death.

Huguely killed Love, a U.Va. women’s lacrosse player from suburban Baltimore, after a day of golf and binge drinking, incensed that she had had a relationship with a North Carolina lacrosse player, the prosecution said. Love’s right eye was bashed in and she was hit with such power that her brain was bruised. She also had wrenching head injury that caused bleeding at the base of her brain stem.

A coroner concluded she died of blunt force trauma. Defense and prosecution experts offered different medical opinions on the lethal consequences of her injuries.

Jurors heard testimony from lacrosse players who told of Huguely’s escalating drinking problem and public spats between the two. The incidents included Huguely putting Love in a chokehold while on his bed, and one in which Love accused him of flirting with two high school girls.

Friends and fellow players said the two were unfaithful to each other and had a fiery relationship.

In closing arguments that left some shaking their heads, Huguely’s attorney described him as a hulking, hard-drinking jock but no killer. He acknowledged Huguely had an unintended, accidental role in Love’s death, arguing for a finding of involuntary manslaughter and a 10-year prison term.

He suggested their behavior was the norm in the “lacrosse ghetto” at U.Va.

Love’s death will have a lasting effect in Virginia.

Last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law that expanded criteria under which people can seek protective orders. The measure allows people in dating relationships or those who face threatening co-workers to more easily obtain such an order.

Uni Alert: No Ex-CUSE For This

Make it stop.

The Nike greys gotta go.
(Lauren Long/The Post-Standard)
Syracuse was the latest to don the horrific grey home unis in their win over South Florida last night.

Here, Dion Waiters takes it to the hoop, scores and is fouled by the Bull’s Toarlyn Fitzpatrick with under 40 seconds to go in the first half. He completed the free throw to put the Orange up 24-20, completing a 17-0 run. 

The unis give new meaning to the well-worn phrase "winning ugly."

Pictures Of The Day

Tina Maze of Slovenia competes during the first training of the Fis Alpine Ski World Cup women's Downhill in Bansko on February 23, 2012. (Samuel Kubani/AFP PHOTO)
Mercedes Petronas F1 team German Michael Schumacher drives on February 23, 2012 at Catalunya's racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona during the Formula One test days . (Photo by Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia serves to Australian opponent Samantha Stosur during their Dubai WTA Championship tennis match in the Gulf emirate on February 23, 2012. (Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers leans in for a dunk during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 103-95.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods scored a come-from-behind victory over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the opening round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at the The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. Here he hits his second shot left-handed a pretty sure sign things weren’t going all that well.  (Matt Sullivan/Reuters)
A pack of cars drives through turn 4 during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ACC Tuesday Night Basketball: UNC Impressive In Raleigh Win

MARSHALL (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
#7 NORTH CAROLINA 68, N.C. STATE 74 -- Like a blast from the past, N.C. State celebrated their 1988-89 team (even the two guys, Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani, who were tossed out of the RBC Center by veteran ACC ref Karl Hess on Saturday) while North Carolina fans were reminded that it was the late-developing three point-shooting of point guard Ty Lawson that turned the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Division 1 National Champions from very good to unbeatable...

Current Tar Heel point guard Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists combined with ZERO turnovers as UNC posted one of their most impressive wins of the year.  Marshall made seven of his eight shots including four out of five from behind the three-point line.  

The Heels came out blazing, making three-pointers as if Wayne Ellington and Danny Green and snuck in the gym and dressed as Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes.  In a furiously paced 46-41 first half, North Carolina was 7-14 from behind the arc.  

BARNES (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
The Wolfpack survived the initial onslaught (an early 19-5 North Carolina lead) closing the gap to five points at halftime, but it seemed unlikely they could stand the typical Roy Williams’ coached-team’s torrid pace.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 ACC), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.

For the game, the Tar Heels shot 51 percent, including 10 for 19 from three-point range.  N.C. State stayed even with UNC on rebounds (40-40), but only shot 41.7% for the game making just 3 of 9 three-pointers.  

HUDSON and ZIBLINSKI (Don Petersen/AP Photo)
#25 VIRGINIA 61, VIRGINIA TECH 59 -- With the score 47-39 it lookied like the Hokies had their in-state rivals number and were headed for a sweep of the series.  But, Virginia outscored Virginia Tech 17-1 during a crucial second half stint as the Cavs (21-6, 8-5 ACC) rallied for the win. 

Mike Scott scored 20 points and Sammy Zeglinski had 13, all in the second half.

For the second game in a row, the Wahoos, with the Hokies’ help, held an opponent scoreless for more than eight minutes in the second half to rally. They did it to Maryland for 8:18 on Saturday, and to VT for 8:25 - starting at the 13-minute mark last night.

Virginia Tech (15-13, 4-9), which came in having played three consecutive games decided by a point, led 49-44 after Erick Green's floater with 13 minutes to play. When Robert Brown finally broke the drought with two free throws with 4:35 left, the Cavaliers had built a 56-51 lead.

CLEMSON 56, GEORGIA TECH 37 -- Shades of the Big East as the Jackets muster a mere 37 points...the fewest allowed by a Clemson team in an ACC regular season game. 

ANDRE YOUNG (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
The win improved Clemson's record to 14-13 on the season, 6-7 in the ACC. With the loss, Tech dropped to 9-18, 2-11 in conference play.  Did we hear yawning?

Clemson was led in scoring by junior forward Milton Jennings, who produced 13 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes of play. Jennings made 6-of-11 shots, including 2-of-5 from three. 

Tanner Smith scored eight and added six rebounds and six assists. The Yellow Jackets were led by Kammeon Holsey's 12 points and 11 from guard Brandon Reed.

Georgia Tech jumped in front 4-3 after a media timeout, but the Tigers responded with a 12-3 run. Clemson got threes from Young and Jennings during the run. Tech pulled to within three at 16-13, but a miss on a jumper and long rebound to Smith led to a break where he found freshman Bernard Sullivan inside for a layup.

Game over.

PADGETT (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
MARYLAND 75, MIAMI 70 -- Speaking of scoring droughts, the Canes when without a basket for over nine-minutes losing two five point leads and eventually the game.  After shaking of the first scoring drought, Miami only scored four points in the final 2:04 losing a 66-61 lead.

James Padgett scored 16 points, including a pivotal three-point play in the final minute.

Maryland (16-11, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 66-61 before rallying with a 10-0 run during the final two minutes. A 3-point shot by Sean Mosley and a three-point play by Padgett preceded two three throws by Mosley and two more by Terrell Stoglin.

Stoglin finished with 20 points on 6-for-17 shooting and Mosley contributed 15 points.

Things That Make You Go...

(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Paula Creamer of the U.S. doesn’t watch as her caddie Colin Cann hits the ever-popular exploding golf ball during the pro-am prior to the start of the HSBC Women’s Champions at Tahah Mera Country Club in Singapore.  The prankster was caned. (Just kidding.)
(Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
Here, Michelle Wie of the USA, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Yani Tseng of Taiwan and Karrie Webb of Australia pose during a photocall at the Singapore Botanic Gardens prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.  

OK, let's get some of the very best women pro golfers together and have them touch our flowers...Really?

The prankster that designed this photo op, should be caned.

Hey, Look! It’s LAX Season

BRYANT (Greg Fiume/
You know, winter is about done when LAX comes to town.

The ACC LAX season is underway and the four ACC teams are off to a good start.  UNC is 3-0, UVA is 2-0, Maryland is 1-0 and Duke is 1-1.  All are nationally ranked: UVA #1, UNC #5, MD #7 and Duke #8.

T.A.H. will be keeping a close eye on the Terps as sophomore Rustin Bryant looks to make a mark.  Bryant is the nephew of T.A.H. founding members Kendal Bryant Blaser and Tom Blaser of the famous Brentsville (Terps Now Tigers) Blasers who are one-down and one-to-go with sons at Clemson.  

Prior to the boys heading off to the Palmetto State, they bled College Park red.  What a difference writing those big checks will make!  All Tiger allegiance aside, the Blazes will always have a soft spot for the Terps and Bryant will keep those fires stoked.

The sophomore two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American and 2010 Under Armour High School All-American attack scored his first goal against Hartford in Mayland’s season opener a 12-6 win over Harford. 

Quote Of The Day

(AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
“If we had lost this game by one, I would have been really, really disappointed, but I would have been really proud of my team. Our guys played as a team. We made the plays. We stepped up and made free throws. It was a great win for us. I know the Notre Dame game looks better, but under that circumstance and this circumstance, it’s just a great win for our team.”

-- Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.

Pictures Of The Day

UNC's John Henson (31) looks for the rebound as UNC's James Michael McAdoo (43), left, and N.C. State's DeShawn Painter (0) look on in the first half.
(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, along with Chris Corchiani, center, and Rodney Monroe, right, members of the 1989 N.C. State Wolfpack basketball team, hold up the Wolfpack Unlimited award during a presentation before N.C. State's game against North Carolina Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.  (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Tom Gugliotta, right, and other members of the 1989 N.C. State Wolfpack basketball team were honored during a presentation before N.C. State's game against North Carolina. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Australian motocross rider and member of the Crusty Demons, Robbie Marshall jumps over a helicopter with rotating blades and a Formula 1 car at Avalon Airport in Melbourne.  (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
The sun sets during the Sri Lanka v India one-day international Tri-series cricket match in Brisbane, Australia.  (Jason O’Brien/Reuters)
Tyler Zeller of North Carolina reaches for the hoop last night at the RBC Center in Raleigh. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ACC Players Of The Week

(Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, who helped bring the Tar Heels back from a nine-point second-half deficit to win at Miami, is the ACC’s Player of the Week, and Boston College forward Ryan Anderson, who averaged 21.5 points in the Eagles’ two contests, is the conference’s Rookie of the Week for the period ending Feb. 19.

Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Ames, Iowa, scored 14 of his 23 points at Miami after halftime as the Tar Heels rallied for a 73-64 victory over the Hurricanes this past Wednesday. He added 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in UNC’s 74-52 triumph over Clemson three days later. On the season, 

Barnes stands second in the ACC in scoring at 18 points per game and sixth in field-goal percentage (.470).
The 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year is the second Tar Heel in as many weeks to be named Player of the Week. He was preceded by senior center Tyler Zeller.

Anderson, a 6-8 freshman forward from Lakewood, Calif., went 15-of-28 from the floor and 11-of-14 at the foul line and contributed 18 rebounds in the Eagles’ games with Maryland and Duke. He leads all ACC freshmen in rebounding (7.0) and is second in scoring (10.8).

Anderson is the third Boston College player named Rookie of the Week this season. He joins guard Lonnie Jackson (Dec. 19) and center Dennis Clifford (Jan. 16). Only once in the award’s 42-year history has a team had more than three individuals chosen: Four Wake Forest rookies were tapped in 1978-79.

ACC By The Numbers

Entering tonight’s schedule with four games on tap…

0 – The number of former players tossed out of games last weekend who didn’t play for N.C. State.

1 - Virginia senior Sammy Zeglinski is one assist shy of 300 for his career.

9.7 - North Carolina sophomore Kendall Marshall has 11 games with 10-or-more assists and leads the ACC in assists per game (9.7).

13.4 - Clemson's Andre Young has scored 12-or-more points in each of his last five games and over that span is averaging 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

15.0 - Duke's Austin Rivers has scored in double figures in all but four games and leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (15.0).

18 - Maryland's Terrell Stoglin has scored 20 or more points in 18 of his 26 games and leads the ACC in scoring (21.4).

21.5 - Over his last two games, Boston College's Ryan Anderson is averaging 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds ... Anderson leads all ACC freshmen in double-doubles with six.

24 - NC State's Scott Wood has made at least one 3-point field goal in an ACC-best 24 straight games.

28 - Virginia Tech's Erick Green has scored 10 or more points in an ACC-best 28 straight games and ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring (15.6).

42 - John Henson leads all active ACC players in career blocked shots (263), double-doubles (32) and 10-rebound games (42).

90 - Duke has been ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll for an ACC-record 90 consecutive weeks.

299 - With Duke (No. 5) and North Carolina (No. 7) in this week's AP poll, at least one ACC team has been ranked in the AP Top 10 for 299 consecutive weeks, dating back to March 11, 1996.

Pictures Of The Day

Sylvain Guintoli of France races down the tack during the 2012 Superbike FIM World Championship test day at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Phillip Island, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Pedro Sanchez, a dwarf bullfighter dressed in a Superman costume, flips near a calf at the Plaza de Toros La Macarena in Medellin, Colombia.  Unlike full-size bullfighting, the calves are not injured in this version of the event.  (Photo by Albeiro Lopera/Reuters)
UCLA Bruins forward Rhema Gardner wears Adidas pink breast cancer awareness  month shoes during their game against USC at the Galen Center in L.A.  (Photo by Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire)
Jockeys and horses compete during the 73rd Gubelin Grand Prix of St. Mortiz on the frozen Lake of the White Turf in St. Mortiz.  (Photo by Imago/

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President’s Day

To celebrate President's Day, mascots dressed as US Presidents compete in a race between periods of the game between the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 20, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Senators defeated the Islanders 6-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sunday ACC Basketball

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

#5 DUKE 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 50 – This time there was no come-from-behind dama as the the Blue Devils, coming off consecutive wins with late rallies, held Boston College to their lowest point total this season .
Duke changed its approach after falling behind 13-7 as BC made its first five shots. It hit just 10 of 39 the rest of the way.

"We didn't give up threes," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's just an unconventional offense for us to defend, and to hold them to the 50 points, we were pleased. And we didn't give up many second shots."

BC managed just two offensive rebounds and was beaten 45-21 off the boards. The Blue Devils were never in danger of falling into a third straight huge deficit.

They had come from 20 points behind in the final 11½ minutes to beat North Carolina State 78-73 on Thursday night. Eight days earlier, they had rallied from 10 points down with 2½ minutes left to beat North Carolina 85-84.

But against BC, Duke went ahead for good on a layup by Rivers midway through the first half, 15-13, led 30-21 at intermission and stretched that to 28 points midway through the second half.

Duke (23-4, 10-2 ACC) pulled into a tie for the league lead with North Carolina and Florida State with its fourth straight win after a 78-74 overtime loss to Miami. But Krzyzewski doesn't think his team is playing as well as a Top 5 team should, especially after committing 18 turnovers against BC.

Boston College (8-19, 3-10) was led by Ryan Anderson with 21 points and eight rebounds. The freshman had a season-high 22 in BC's last game, an 81-65 loss at Maryland. Matt Humphrey added 12 points as BC lost for the ninth time in 10 games and is 1-10 against Duke since joining the ACC.

Duke's defense was so effective that the Eagles went without a basket for more than 14 minutes after taking the 13-7 lead on a 3-pointer by Anderson with 16:34 left in the first half. They didn't get another field goal until a 3 by Humphrey cut the lead to 25-19 with 2:21 to play before the break.

 (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

N.C. State To Honor Former Players Recently Tossed From Home Arena


Nothing says thanks like getting thrown out of your alma mata's arena while your family, friends and fans nearby are thinking "WTF?"

Everybody got their knickers all in a kink a while back when Roy Williams had an Presbyterian fan removed from an area reserved at the Dean Dome for family and close friends of the Tar Heels…So, what are folks saying about two former Wolfpack stars getting tossed out of the RBC center on Saturday.

There blaming the ref, that’s what they are saying…

Former N.C. State stalwarts Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta will be back at the RBC Center on Tuesday as honored guests of N.C. State and, hopefully, Karl Hess, the official who ousted them on Saturay, won't be in the building.

Yes, the school will honor the 1988-89 N.C. State men's basketball team, which won the ACC regular-season title, at Tuesday's home game against North Carolina in spite of the fact that two of the biggest stars were removed from the arena by referee Karl Hess during Saturday’s loss to Florida State.

Corchiani and Gugliotta both were members of coach Jim Valvano's penultimate team, which went 10-4 in the ACC and advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament before losing to Georgetown.

With 6 minutes, 40 seconds left in the game, Hess ejected Corchiani and Gugliotta, who were sitting behind the scorers' table. Corchiani said he and Gugliotta were complaining about the officiating, and protesting some calls, but did not threaten or use profanity with Hess.

Hess declined to provide a reason why he ejected the former players. The ACC also has refused to offer an explanation, although it did acknowledge Hess did not follow NCAA protocol.

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said the 1988-89 team, the last N.C. State men's basketball team to win an ACC title, will receive the "Wolfpack Unlimited" award for their "refusal to accept the status quo."

(To read more from a couple of ACC vets at the News & Observer click here and here.) 

Quote Of The Day

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

 “I don't think we feel any pressure. No one has acted like they felt any pressure. We are not caught up in maybe our location is an advantage in some ways, because we are not caught up in the media frenzy of all what goes on in that region between Clemson and Maryland and Virginia and the four schools in North Carolina. We are not really caught up in the day to day excitement that goes on in that area. So a lot of the things that maybe might be cause them to feel pressure, we are not exposed to. But we are struggling along, just trying to win games. I have not seen any signs that any of our kids feel any unnecessary pressure. I think we make some mistake, like all teams do, and maybe we might make some poor decisions here and there, but I haven't seen any signs of our players acting like they feel any unnecessary pressure.”

 – Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton on whether his team is feeling any more pressure as a ranked team tied for first in the ACC. 

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