Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday ACC Football


FLORIDA STATE (-31) @ MARYLAND, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190 SIRIUS 135) - The boys in Vegas and those who bet on college football (Oh my, such debauchery exists?!?!), think the Noles are really good and the Terps are really bad...

VIRGINIA TECH (-8.5) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 203 SIRIUS 93) - There are those that think Frank Beamer is getting long in the tooth. A loss to the lowly Eagles would really start the fan base howling...

USF @ MIAMI (-7), 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 195 SIRIUS 136) - Miami looking to get bowl eligible at home should be abel to handle the Bulls.

WAKE FOREST @ NOTRE DAME Notre Dame (-22), 3:30 PM, TV: NBC (XM 129 SIRIUS 129) - For the second straight week the Fighting Irish get to pick on a lower tier ACC team as they try to make a run at the BCS National Championship Game.

DUKE @ GEORGIA TECH (-11.5), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191 SIRIUS 94) - Duke has given up 105 points in their past two games.  Georgia Tech put up 68 on UNC, the over-under on this game must be a doosey.

N.C. STATE @ CLEMSON (-17), 3:30 PM, TV: ABC (ESPN2 mirror) (XM 190 SIRIUS 135) - Clemson is averaging more than 30 points it’s past nine games. Can the Wolfpack keep up down in Death Valley?  

Friday Night ACC Basketball

C.J. LESLIE
#6 N.C. STATE 94, UMass (Minutemen, 27,269 students, Amherst, MA) 76 -  T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a win over UMass at the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Friday.

Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack, who had five players score in double figures and shot 8 for 18 from 3-point range. Recap.

#11 NORTH CAROLINA 78, Long Beach State (49ers, 36,279 students, Long Beach, CA) 63 - James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points and Marcus Paige added 15 to help 11th-ranked North Carolina beat Long Beach State Friday night.

McAdoo scored 12 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds as the Tar Heels ended Long Beach State's 23-game home winning streak in front of a record crowd of 6,912 at the Walter Pyramid.

The Tar Heels got hot from three-point range during an 18-6 run midway through the second half to pull away. P.J. Hairston had 14 points in a reserve role and Brice Johnson came off the bench and had 10 points and seven rebounds.

James Ennis led the 49ers with 18 points and Mike Caffey scored 14.  Recap.

CLEMSON 72, Furman (Paladins, 2,794 students, Greenville, SC) 55 - Clemson used a 16-1 spurt in the opening half to pull away in a road victory over Furman on Friday. It was the Tiger's first game ever played in Timmons Arena, which opened in 1998.

Devin Booker led the Tigers with 15 points, despite playing only 23 minutes due to first-half foul trouble. K.J. McDaniels added 11 and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line. In all, nine players scored for the Tigers. Damarcus Harrison scored eight of his 10 points in the second half. 

Stephen Croone led Furman with 15 points, while Bryant Irwin added 14 and Colin Reddick 13.   
Recap

OKARO WHITE
FLORIDA STATE 88, BYU (Cougars, 34,130 students, Provo, UT) 70 - Okaro White scored 17 points and Florida State made 11 three-pointers in an victory over the Cougars in the Coaches vs, Cancer Classic semifinals on Friday night at the Barclays Center.

The Seminoles came into the game shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range but they made 11 of 20 as they led by as many as 27 points in the second half. They shot 58.0 percent (29 for 50) from the field overall while holding down a BYU offense that came in averaging 80.5 points per game.

Tyler Haws had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the BYU. Recap.

MARYLAND 91, LIU (Pioneers or Blackbirds, 24,170 students depending on which campus your on, Brooklyn and/or Brookville, NY),  74 - Freshman guard Seth Allen scored 19 points, Alex Len had 18, and Maryland used its height and depth to wear down LIU Brooklyn Friday night.

Nine players reached double figures in minutes for the Terrapins.  Recap.

MIAMI 73, Jacksonville (Dolphins, 3,741 students, Jacksonville, FL) 57 - Shane Larkin scored 21 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Miami over Jacksonville.

Julian Gamble scored 13 points and Trey McKinney-Jones chipped in 11 for Miami, which bounced back after losing 63-51 to Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

Miami shot 59 percent (23 for 39) while holding Jacksonville to 40 percent shooting (20 for 50). Recap.
DEXTER STRICKLAND

#23 Connecticut (Huskies, 17m815 students, Storrs, CT) 77, WAKE FOREST 71 - No. 23-ranked Connecticut used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to erase a Wake Forest lead Friday evening at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on the island of St. Thomas.

Wake Forest had battled back from a 46-40 deficit with a 10-0 run that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers from Travis McKie and Arnaud William Adala Moto.

With the Deacons leading 52-49 after a pair of Tyler Cavanaugh free throws at the 10:14 mark, the Huskies scored 12 straight points, 10 of which came from Shabazz Napier, to take a 61-52 lead with under eight minutes to play. Recap.

Dayton (Flyers, 6,925 students, Dayton, OH) 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 71 - Freshman Joe Rahon led Boston College with 16 points but the Eagles lost to Dayton, 87-71, in front of 3,177 fans Friday afternoon at TD Arena.

Rahon went 5-for-9 from the field and added four assists and a steal. Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and classmate Patrick Heckmann hit three 3-pointers and notched 13 points. Recap.

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm...

So there are people out there who think the world as we known it will come crashing down during Obama’s second term. That said, if our version of Rome burns, the culprit is much more likely to be our whacked out pop culture worshipping society not a Democrat in the White House. To that end, Exhibit A:  A 25-lbs. portrait of "Honey Boo Boo Child" Alana Thompson made entirely out of trash

 Jason Mecier's mosaic consists of among other things: two cans of hair spray, three tiaras, make-up, mascara, fake eyelashes, coupons, “sketti,” butter, ten cheese balls, two Red Bulls, one Mountain Dew, a McDonald's chicken nugget, a pink Snuggy box, an empty toilet paper roll, one cabbage patch doll and a jar of Pigs Feet.

Evidently, we are part of the problem just by knowing who Honey Boo Boo is! 

But how can we opine on the state of the world if the Big Kahunas at T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC don’t state current?

Riddle us that, Mr. Gangnam-Breaking Dawn-Part 2-Style? 

ACC Football Links

VAD LEE (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Sean Duggan is back in the middle of things for Boston College.

Clemson's front-line "union" has things under control.

Vad Lee is taking on his hometown Blue Devils.

Florida State's receivers are living up to their playmaking promise.

Georgia Tech kicker Chris Tanner has his chance.

Maryland's Kenneth Tate has no regrets staying in school.

Trick plays are becoming a bigger part of Miami's offense.

North Carolina's defense keyed its win over Virginia.

For N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon, the best is yet to come.

Mistakes cost Virginia once again.

Must-read: Marcus Davis dedicates the season to the family that saved him

Andy Bitter of The Virginian-Pilot breaks down the matchup between Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Colin Summers has held his own this season on the Wake Forest offensive line.

(Go Fast) Pictures Of The Day

Tom Scudamore riding Dynaste (R) clear the last to win The Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on November 16, 2012 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari exits his garage during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images North America)
Parker Kligerman drives the #7 Toyota Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
Anja Huber of Germany finishes in third place in the FIBT women's skeleton world cup heat 2, on November 16, 2012 at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images North America)

Friday, November 16, 2012

R.I.P. Hostess Twinkies 1930-2012

We don’t claim to know all sides to this story, but here is a quick broadbrush and a few editorial comments…

In short, the story goes like this. Hostess, the baking company that makes Wonder bread, Twinkies, Ho-Hos and the like, renegotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union.  The Teamsters agreed to the new contract that lowered wages and benefits (primarily pensions, we believe), but the BCTWGMI workers did not, choosing to strike.

To massively truncate the story, Hostess set a deadline to return to work or they said they would close their doors PERMANENTLY.  The company is in Chapter 11 and wrestling with $700 to $820 milion in debt depending on who you ask.  Hostess says their financial problems are “primarily due to legacy pensions and medical benefit obligations and restrictive work rules."  That said, the union claims top executives have recently received pay raises.

The BCTWGMI said 1) your bluffing, 2) there is no reason to cut pay and benefits and 3) the only reason Hostess was in trouble was due to mismanagement –interesting coming from a BCTWGMI that we are guessing has no experience running a large baking corporation or any sort of big company, but we digress.

So this morning, the BCTWGMI workers did not return to work and Hostess pulled the plug.

As a result, we’re screwed out of Twinkies the world’s junkiest junk food by any stretch of anybody’s imagination, and, more importantly,  18,000 people are out of work.

By the way, as of this midday, the union’s website had yet to mention how they had blown the call and cost all those folks a job and as of 4pm. the page was no longer working at all – some blather about band width…

Oh, and those union guys that refused to budge? They still have jobs with the BCTWGMI.

Here are a few interesting links from the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal

Tar Heels Win Benedict Ronald Bowl

DAVIS (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
From 1983 to 2008, the Virginia Cavaliers dominated the Oldest Rivalry In The South defeating the University of North Carolina every time the game was played in Charlottesville.  The Heels broke that streak in 2010, and made it three wins in a row against their "oldest" rival last night when a fourth quarter surge led to a 37-13 victory in the Cavs’ home stadium.

Bryn Renner threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter after a goal-line stand preserved North Carolina's lead and the Tar Heels ended Virginia's postseason hopes.

The Tar Heels (7-4, 4-3 ACC) defense showed up after an extended vacation.  UNC was hanging onto a 20-13 lead when they stopped Kevin Parks for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the one yard line. They then drove 97 yards in 12 plays with Renner capping the march with a 23-yard pass to a wide open Giovani Bernard over the middle for the TD.

A five-yard completion to Erik Highsmith on fourth-and-two came on the play just before the touchdown pass, and after Virginia (4-7, 2-5) was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Renner's 20-yard TD pass to Highsmith finished it.

The Cavaliers had won two in a row and were hoping to win two more to qualify for a bowl game. They shut down Bernard, the ACC's runaway rushing leader, but were picked apart by Renner's precise passing.

He finished 29 for 36 for 315 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target on the night was freshman Quinshad Davis, who caught 15 passes, one shy of the school record, for 174 yards.

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Win Over UVA Makes North Carolina Bowl Eligible

Well, no.

Thanks, Butch.

ACC Basketball Scoreboard

LESLIE  (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
#6 N.C. STATE 72, Penn State (Nittany Lyons, 44,817 students, State College, PA) 55 - Freshman T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 NC State to a win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (1-1) with 23 points. D.J. Newbill had 13 points and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points for Penn State, which shot 3 for 19 on 3-pointers.  Recap.

VIRGINIA TECH 95, VMI (Keydets, 1,500 students, Lexington, VA) 80 - Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green scored 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as the Hokies rolled past VMI in a non-conference game Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 3-0 on the season. VMI fell to 1-3.

Tech trailed in the early going, but a Green 3-pointer with 15:38 left in the first half sparked a 19-3 run in which five different players scored. A second Tech run late in the first half essentially put the game away. The Hokies led 35-21 at the media timeout with less than eight minutes left and then scored seven straight points out of the timeout to take a 42-21 bulge.  Recap.

#16 Baylor (Bears, 15,195 students, Waco, TX) 84, BOSTON COLLEGE 74 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson led Boston College with 25 points but the Eagles lost to #16 Baylor in the opening round of the Charleston Classic Thursday at TD Arena.

Anderson went 9-for-16 from the field and added six rebounds. Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 16 points - including 13 in the second half - and had six boards. Graduate student Andrew Van Nest recorded 13 points off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting.  Recap.

Baylor's Isaiah Austin, center, and Cory Jefferson, right, go for a loose ball against Boston College's Ryan Anderson, left, during the second half of an NCAA basketball game at the Charleston Classic at TD Arena, Thursday Nov. 15, 2012, in Charleston, S.C. Baylor defeated Boston College 84-74. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

ACC Football Links

(Jonathan Daniels/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Check out this great story on Blair Holliday and Duke football.

The good news about the condensed practice week was UNC didn't have to watch the GT game film twice.


When it comes to the NFL draft, Dabo Swinney says first round or stay in school.

Congrats to BC quarterback Dave Shinskie, the Eagles' elder statesman.

Maryland will also bid farewell to its seniors in Byrd Stadium on Saturday.


Miami receiver Davon Johnson did not practice on Wednesday.

The Deacs are getting ready for the Notre Dame experience.

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee didn't grade out well last weekend, but still made a lot of plays.

Pictures Of The Day

UNC head coach Larry Fedora shakes hands with Virginia coach Mike London following the Tar Heels' 37-13 victory. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Former Tar Heel Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks drives on a screen by teammate Tyson Chandler #6 against Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs on November 15, 2012 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  The Knicks (6-0) are the only undefeated team in the NBA in spite of the fact that they are one of the oldest.  Their roster includes former Tar Heel Rasheed Wallace (38), Marcus Camby (38), Jason Kidd (39) and Kurt Thomas (40). (NBA Photo/Yahoo!)
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco (16) is sacked for a loss in the second quarter by UNC's Sylvester Williams (92) and Tommy Heffernan (55). (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
 UNC's Giovani Bernard (26) tries to get past Virginia's LaRoy Reynolds (9) in the second quarter. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)


Yamaha MotoGP world champion rider Jorge Lorenzo falls during the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia November 11, 2012. Lorenzo was denied a victorious season finale on home soil when he crashed out while leading an incident-packed Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday to hand victory to fellow-Spaniard Dani Pedrosa. (Heino Kalis/Reuters)
UNC's Erik Highsmith (88) looks for running room after a pass completion from quarterback Bryn Renner in the fourth quarter. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ACC Thursday Night Football

NORTH CAROLINA (-3) @ VIRGINIA, 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN, (XM 91 SIRIUS 91) - The Tar Heels track record in C’ville is miserable of late and the Wahoos are a different team since their bye week. Since then, the Cavs have amassed 928 total yards for an average of 464 yards while scoring 10 offensive touchdowns in the back-to-back wins. The defense ranks No. 15 in the nation in forcing three-and-outs.  The Heels aren’t known for defense giving up a smooth 68 points last Saturday when favored to beat Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill. 

ACC Basketball Scoreboard

MARCUS GEORGES-HUNT (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
GEORGIA TECH 52, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 38 - Wow, sorry we missed this one...How very Big Eastish with a total of 90 points...

Freshmen Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter Jr. scored 10 points each Wednesday to lead Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) weren't very good from distance in making just 3-of-20 3-point shots, and for a long time they weren't very good in the paint, either, before whipping the Blue Hose (0-2) badly in the second half.



ACC Football Links

TERPS TO WEAR "BLACK OPS" AGAINST FSU

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd says his future is up in the air.

Duke knows the dangers of Georgia Tech's offense.

Florida State will use two punt returners.

It is looking like Tevin Washington will start for Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Maryland's seniors get to play their final home game against its toughest opponent yet.

Miami's receiving corps has taken another hit with Allen Hurns' injury.

North Carolina kicker Casey Barth is out for the season.

N.C. State's pass defense is in for a big challenge.

Virginia linebacker Steve Greer tackles every challenge that comes his way.

Donaldven Manning's status is in question with Virginia Tech.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe sees a plus in his team's game at Notre Dame.

What are the 10 wildest games in ACC history? Glad you asked.

ACC Locks Into Orange Bowl

Who doesn’t like Miami in January?

By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Orange Bowl have finalized a 12-year deal placing the ACC champion annually in the bowl against either a team from the SEC or Big Ten or Notre Dame starting Jan. 1, 2015, sources told ESPN.

ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said.

That amount will be split evenly between the ACC and the SEC or Big Ten, depending on which conference has a team is in the bowl. However, when Notre Dame plays in the bowl, the Fighting Irish will receive a "significant amount less" than the $27.5 million payout the SEC or Big Ten will receive, sources said.

The Orange Bowl is one of the six bowls in the rotation for the semifinals for college football's upcoming playoff, which will begin after the 2014 regular season. It is one of three contract bowls along with the Rose (Big Ten and Pac-12 champions) and Sugar (SEC and Big 12 champions) bowls. Each will be televised on ESPN.

In years when the ACC champion or another ACC team qualifies for the four-team national semifinals, then the next highest-ranked ACC team would play in the Orange Bowl.
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Quote Of The Day

(Georgetown University Photo)

“Let me say a few words about some other fine schools you might be considering. UVA, Thomas Jefferson, what have they done for you? Syracuse, a school whose mascot is a fruit. Duke, a school that worships the devil.”

-- U2 front man Bono in a speech at Georgetown pointing out how bad it would be if everyone, including colleges, resorted to negative advertising like the just completed U.S. presidential campaign. 

To read more, click here

Pictures of The Day

A peak inside Maryland basketball's redecorated locker room courtesy of Dan Steinburg's D.C. Sports Bog at Washingtonpost.com. 






Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Seniors Lead Duke Past Kentucky

CURRY (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

#9 DUKE 75, #3 Kentucky (Wildcats, 28,094 students, Lexington, KY) 68 - Don’t hand that ACC title to N.C. State just yet, Duke looks pretty darn good...

Seth Curry scored 23 points and the Blue Devils held off a furious comeback by Kentucky in the first matchup between the storied programs since 2001.

Duke (2-0) appeared to be in control, even with Mason Plumlee on the bench in foul trouble. The Blue Devils ripped off a 13-3 run, capped by Rasheed Sulaimon's 3-pointer that made it 58-44 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

But Kentucky (1-1) wasn't done, rallying like the defending champ even though this is essentially a whole new team. The Wildcats outscored Duke 17-6 over the next six minutes and actually had a chance to tie it with a three.

In the end, Duke made free throws and their three seniors scored 51 points as Ryan Kelly had 10 and Mason Plumlee 18 to go along with Curry’s 23. 

The Human Chrome Dome of Hyperbole (known to some as Dick Vitale) correctly pointed out that Duke is much better right now than they were at the end of last season.

Kentucky is extremely talented and looks to be quite good by early 2013.

Delaware (Blue Hens, 19,391 students, Newark, DE) 59, VIRGINIA 53 - Devon Saddler had 14 points, including several clutch free throws down the stretch as Delaware defeated Virginia. With the victory, the Blue Hens advance to the NIT Tip-Off semifinals, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City next week.

Jarvis Threatt added 14 points for Delaware (2-1). Jamelle Higgins had 10 points.
Virginia (1-2) was led by Joe Harris' 17 points.

Delaware shot just 43 percent (20 of 47) from the field, but held Virginia to 35 percent (20 of 57), including just 19 percent (4 of 21) from 3-point range.

Florida Gulf Coast (Eagles, 12,683 students, Fort Meyers, FL) 63, MIAMI 51 - Sherwood Brown and Eric McKnight scored 14 points apiece as Florida Gulf Coast defeated Miami to post its biggest win in school history in front of their first sellout crowd (4,552).

Florida Gulf Coast (1-1) which is in just its second season of being NCAA eligible, lost by one point to Nebraska, Texas Christian and Southern Methodist last season before making a late run and reaching the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament championship game.

ACC Football Links

UNC KICKER BARTH OUT FOR SEASON (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

North Carolina had no time to lament its loss to Georgia Tech.

And Virginia had little time to celebrate its win over Miami.

Some Virginia players will have two tests that day -- one for class and one against UNC

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback. (What month is it?)

The Jackets might still win the division.

Have some lopsided scores hurt the national perception of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd?

N.C. State has won seven of its past 11 games against ranked opponents. Is Clemson in trouble?

Miami coach Al Golden says "it's been TMZ" since he's been there. Ha

Virginia Tech safety Michael Cole is not expected to play this week after a neck sprain he suffered against FSU.

Poor Marcus Davis. (You never want to wake up in the norning and find yourself on Deadspin.

BC linebacker Steele Divitto has been a bright spot for the Eagles' defense.

Tell us how you really feel, Jimbo.

Pictures Of The Day


Duke guard Seth Curry (30) finishes the night as he hits foul shots in the closing seconds of the game. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
A Duke fan holds a flag as the team leaves the court after beating #3 Kentucky. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Rapper Lil Wayne watches the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Nerlens Noel (and his UK fade) of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts after a basket against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats does his chicken imitation against the Duke Blue Devils during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils defends the basket against Archie Goodwin #10 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday ACC Scoreboard

(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)
CLEMSON 77, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 44 - Recap

FLORIDA STATE 95, Buffalo (Buffalo Bills, 28,601 students, Buffalo, NY) 68 - Recap

MARYLAND 67, Morehead State (Eagles, 8,732 students, Morehead, KY) 45 - Recap

VIRGINIA 54, Fairfield (Stags, 4,991 students, Fairfield, CT) 45 - Recap 

VIRGINIA TECH 69, Rhode Island (Rams, 19,095 students, Kingston, RI) 50 - Recap

(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

ACC Basketball Players Of The Week

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

Maryland sophomore Alex Len has been named the ACC Player of the Week and NC State’s Rodney Purvis has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week following their performances this past weekend.

Len came up big for the Terrapins in a 72-69 loss to No. 3 Kentucky on Friday night at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 7-foot-1 center established career highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end. The Antratsit, Ukraine, sophomore hit on 10-of-18 from the floor in 32 minutes and also had four blocks, which matched a career high.

In his first collegiate game, Purvis tied for the team scoring lead with 16 points and was one of six Wolfpack players in double figures as sixth-ranked NC State opened its season Friday with a 97-59 win over visiting Miami (Ohio). The Raleigh, N.C., native also pulled down two rebounds, handed out one assist and hit on 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. ACC.

ACC Football Players Of The Week

ROCCO (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Michael Rocco, Virginia, Junior, QB, 6-3, 225, Lynchburg, Va. Rocco completed 29 of 37 passes for 300 yards, four touchdowns, and had no interceptions to help Virginia to a 41-40 upset of Miami. Rocco tossed a 10-yard throw to TE Jake McGee in the back of the end zone with six seconds left to produce the go-ahead score for the Cavaliers. Rocco's passing numbers included a school record streak of 18 consecutive completions and set new career highs in completions (29) and touchdowns (4). Virginia's final drive saw Rocco direct the Cavaliers 87 yards in 2:32, converting two fourth downs during the drive. Rocco either passed or ran (one QB sneak) for all 87 yards during the drive.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Camden Wentz, NC State, Senior, C, 6-3, 301, Marietta, Ga. Wentz tallied 13 knockdown blocks to help pave the way for the Wolfpack's 428 yards of total offense in the win over Wake Forest. Making his 36th consecutive start at center, Wentz was in for 86 snaps from scrimmage and posted the offensive line's top grade of 88%.

RECEIVER - Rashad Greene, Florida State, Sophomore, WR, 6-0, 170, Albany, Ga. Greene turned a quick slant pass from quarterback EJ Manuel into the 39-yard game-winning touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the Seminoles' 28-22 win at Virginia Tech. Greene finished the night with six receptions for 125 yards - his first 100-yard receiving game of the season - and a pair of scores.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, Senior, DE, 6-5, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio Carradine turned in one of the most productive games of his two-year career in leading the Seminoles with 11 tackles in their 28-22 road win at Virginia Tech. His career-high 11 tackles - six solos and five assists - also included his ninth sack and 10th tackle for loss of the season. Carradine has helped the Florida State defense climb to No. 1 nationally in total defense and rank among the top four in each major statistical category. Carradine is currently tied with linebacker Christian Jones for the team lead in tackles with 64.

CO-LINEBACKER - Quayshawn Nealy, Georgia Tech, R-Sophomore, LB, 6-1, 232, Lakeland, Fla. Nealy registered a career-high two sacks to go with six tackles (four solo tackles) in Georgia Tech's 68-50 win at North Carolina.

CO-LINEBACKER - Gionni Paul, Miami, Sophomore, LB, 6-0, 230, Lakeland, Fla. Playing in place of injured Denzel Perryman, Paul tallied a career-high 14 tackles - seven solo - in Miami's 41-40 loss at Virginia. It was his second double-digit tackle game of season, and his 14 stops are the most by Hurricane in a game this season.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Maurice Canady, Virginia, Freshman, CB, 6-2, 180, Richmond, Va.
A week after his first start and earning ACC Player of the Week honors, Canady had another big game in Virginia's 41-40 win over Miami. He came up with nine tackles, broke up one pass and forced a fumble that he recovered on the Virginia 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Dontae Johnson, NC State, Junior, CB, 6-3, 196, Pennington, N.J. Johnson matched up against Wake Forest flanker Michael Campanero for most of the game in the Wolfpack's 37-6 win over the Demon Deacons. In the game for 55 snaps from scrimmage, Johnson limited Campanero to five catches for just 14 yards, shy of his average of 8.5 receptions and 86.3 yards. He tallied five solo tackles, including a three-yard tackle for loss, and forced a fumble in the second half.

GOLDEN (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
SPECIALIST - Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech, Sophomore, DB/KR, 6-0, 188, Wetumpka, Ala. Golden returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown - his second kick return for a touchdown over the last three weeks - and he broke a school record with 230 kickoff return yards in Georgia Tech's 68-50 win at North Carolina. Georgia Tech had not returned a kickoff for a touchdown from 1998 through 2011, but Golden has tied a Tech record with two kickoff returns for scores in one season. His 100-yard kick return on the opening kickoff of the second half was the longest scoring play in the Paul Johnson era.

ROOKIE - Duke Johnson, Miami, Freshman, RB, 5-9, 188, Miami, Fla. Johnson rushed for a career-high 150 yards on 16 carries and also threw for a 9-yard touchdown - his career-first pass - in Miami's 41-40 loss at Virginia. He has three 100-yard rushing games this season, including 100+ yards in back-to-back games. Johnson amassed a Miami-record 368 all-purpose yards in the game which ranks as the fourth-most in ACC history. He registered 214 kick return yards on four tries, including a 95-yard kick return for a score, his second kick return for touchdown this season which is tied for most in school history. He became only the third FBS player since 2000 with a TD pass and a kickoff return for TD in the same game.

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FEDORA (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani faces more concerns than ever.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't interested in a revenge factor against NC State.

Championship dreams are alive for Duke.

When Florida State needed a spark, EJ Manuel had a simple message.

Georgia Tech's season has taken yet another turn.

Dexter McDougle's return was a sign of Maryland's fighting spirit.

Miami coach Al Golden expects starting linebacker Denzel Perryman back this week.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had no answers for his team's loss to Georgia Tech.

A week after nothing went right for NC State, everything turned up red and white against Wake Forest.

Virginia is starting to believe.

Only one long-shot scenario keeps Virginia Tech alive in the Coastal.

Does Wake Forest have anything left in the tank with bowl hopes on the line?

Andrew Jones presents his ACC Honor Roll for Week 11.

Pictures Of The Day

Fans try to distract Miami (Ohio)'s Will Felder (33) as he shoots a free throw. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Liam Davis of the Warriors bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between the West Australian Warriors and the South Australian Redbacks at WACA on November 12, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)
New mom Uma Thurman seen displaying the new BMW i8 'Born Electric' Roadster at the at 1095 Avenue of the Americas in New York.   (PacificCoastNews.com)
At a free concert on Commonwealth Avenue, the New England Patriots' owner offers a pigskin salute to Boston's most ancient and revered musical artifact. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Boston College fans...(Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)



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