Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday ACC Basketball

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MARYLAND 71, Monmouth 38 - Nick Faust scored 16 points, Alex Len had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland beat Monmouth Wednesday night for its ninth straight victory.

It's the Terrapins' longest winning streak since they won 13 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games en route to capturing the national championship in 2002. The current run has come entirely against non-league foes.

Dez Wells scored 10 for the Terrapins (9-1), who never trailed in handing Monmouth (5-6) its third straight lopsided defeat. The Hawks were coming off a 19-point home loss to Navy and a 52-point setback at Syracuse.

ACC AP Football All-Americans

COOPER (Jeremy Brevard/US Presswire)

Guard - Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina.
Defense End - Bjoern Werner, junior, 6-4, 255, Florida State.  

Center - Dalton Freeman, senior, Clemson.
Kicker  - Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State.

Running backs - Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina.
Receiver - DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson.
WERNER (Kevin Liles/US Presswire)

Terps: Show Me The Money!

The Washington Post ran a big story yesterday about Maryland’s move to the Big 10 and how the deal was made:

Neither Maryland nor the Big Ten would provide specifics of the deal. Sports Illustrated reported the Big Ten projects Maryland would make $32 million in 2014-15, a huge increase from the $20 million the ACC is projected to pay out that year.

The Big Ten’s pitch also includes a huge bump in revenue when the conference renegotiates its television deal in 2017, projecting a $43 million payout for Maryland that year, an enormous gap over the $24 million the ACC projects. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed those were the figures Delany pitched to Loh.

So the two sides left the Willard with significant progress, but without a deal, and without a timetable. And Loh still had one problem: Pacifying a sure-to-be-upset fan base if, in fact, he took the Terrapins to the Big Ten.

To read more, click here.

Florida State Last In BCS Academics

(Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Andrea Adelson |

The Seminoles may be the class of the ACC on the football field, but that standing doesn't carry over in the newly unveiled "Academic BCS" rankings. 

The folks at the New America Foundation have ranked the Top 25 teams in the final BCS standings based on academic performance. Florida State brings up the rear, at No. 25 -- the only team with a negative point total. 

You are probably wondering how these rankings were compiled. Rather than rely solely on NCAA academic progress rates -- in which the Seminoles have made strides -- Time's Keeping Score blog reports the New America Foundation took into account:
  • How a football team’s graduation rate compares to that of the school’s overall male student body.
  • How a team’s black-white graduation gap compares to the male black-white graduation gap in the general student population.
  • The spread between a football team’s black graduation rate and the school’s overall graduation rate for black men.
  • APR is less heavily waited than graduation rates.
Looking at the latest data on Florida State, there is a large disparity between graduation rates among the football team and the rest of the student population. The New America Foundation uses federal graduation rates -- which differ from the NCAA graduation success rates because they do not take into account transfer students or those who leave school early for the NFL. The GSR offers a more accurate, real-time snapshot of how programs are graduating their athletes. 

Based on the data used, the federal graduation rate for the freshmen class entering in 2005-06 stands at 45 percent for the football team compared with 69 percent of the male campus population. That is a whopping 24 percent disparity. Clemson, ranked No. 13 in the Academic BCS, has a much smaller disparity of 13 percent. 

Lots of ACC Football Links

NO, HE SHOULD NOT GO PRO (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Heather Dinich |

Duke receiver Conner Vernon could break the program's streak of having no players drafted since 2004.

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee met Shaquille O’Neal.

Clemson and its fans are eager to find out what's going on with offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie admitted his involvement in stealing a laptop from a dorm room.

Virginia Tech's ticket sales for the Russell Athletic Bowl have been sluggish.

A BC lineman charged with violating state wiretap laws has admitted in a plea agreement that there are facts sufficient for a finding of guilty.

Look out, SOS, Idaho is on the Noles' schedule for 2013.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is at the top of Texas Tech's wish list.

It appears as if Florida State assistant Eddie Gran is leaving Tallahassee.

Maryland running back Justus Pickett and defensive back Makinton Dorleant are leaving the football team.

Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio interviewed for the Temple job.

Virginia Tech agrees to a three-game series with Old Dominion.

UConn never really had a chance against Louisville for a spot in the ACC.

Cincinnati tried to get none other than Urban Meyer to lobby the ACC on behalf of the Bearcats. Meyer said no.

SPILLER (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America)
By Heather Dinich |

N.C. State coach Dave Doeren was hired to give N.C. State fans a reason to storm the field.

Former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller would like to get more carries in the NFL.

Georgia Tech's players are looking forward to facing a storied USC program.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd could have a good shot at the Heisman next year.

Don't expect any changes to Virginia Tech's staff before the bowl game.

Here's an interesting story on one of Florida State's recruits.

The ACC had a good batch of young talent on special teams this year.

Pictures Of The Day

Ryan Lochte of USA competes in the Men's 100m Butterfly heats during day one of the 11th FINA Short Course World Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on December 12, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe)
Andreas Wiemann of Aston Villa scores his goal during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on December 11, 2012 in Norwich, England. (Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Jordan Crawford #15 of the Washington Wizards drives the ball around former Terp Greivis Vasquez #21 of the New Orleans Hornets at New Orleans Arena on December 11, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Vasquez had 5 points, 5 assists, 8 rebounds and a...drum roll, please...technical foul. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
Suffice to say, two NBA teams with 5 wins combined between them is a tough draw.  Here’s a general view of the Washington Wizards playing the New Orleans Hornets at a very empty New Orleans Arena on December 11, 2012. The Wiz got their third win of the season 77-70. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday ACC Basketball

VIRGINIA TECH 70, MVSU 49 - The Hokies got their groove back after their first loss of the season with an easy win over Mississippi Valley State last night in Blacksburg.

Erick Green scored 23 points to lead Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (8-1), coming off a last-second loss at West Virginia on Saturday, took control with an 18-4 run that spanned both halves. They trailed only once, falling behind 22-20 after Mississippi Valley State's Matt Smith scored the second of back-to-back baskets with 6:28 left in the first half.

But after Smith's basket, Virginia Tech ripped off 10 straight points, with Green scoring six of the 10. He hit 8 of 13 from the floor for the game and all six of his free-throw attempts. He has scored more than 20 points in all nine games this season.

Mississippi Valley State (0-6), which has opened the season with six straight road games against teams from BCS leagues, was led by Davon Usher's 19 points. The Delta Devils only shot 25.7 percent (18 of 70).

Name Those Celebrities

So...there’s the Duck Dynasty guy, Bono, Dexter, some kid, Elmo, Harry Carry, a hidden guy, Amy Poehler, a panda, a couple of guys we don’t recognize, a giraffe, a sea gull(?), K.D. Lang channeling John Lennon, a stock car driver we don’t know, a swan and a Master Card.

And, that’s supposed to make you miss a free throw?

Things That Make You Go…


Boxing on the front page of the Wall Street Journal?


And a photo instead of  hedcuts?

Oh...the humanity.

Pictures Of The Day

Former Virginia Tech Hokie David Wilson was the New York Giants #1 draft choice in 2012. He promptly fumbled his first touch in the G-Men’s opener and went directly (sans any Go passing) to coach Tom Coughlin’s dog house. He got out on Sunday, gaining 327 all-purpose yards in a game against the New Orleans Saints. Here, Wilson celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter. (Elsa/Getty Images North America)
A couple of former Tar Heel National Champions mix it up in the Big Apple…Raymond Felton #2 of the New York Knicks deflects a ball off Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets and out of bounds at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2012 in New York City.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday ACC Basketball

SNAER (Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat)
FLORIDA STATE 91, Maine 59 - FSU (5-4) made its triumphant return Sunday evening with a convincing victory over visiting Maine to successfully halt a three-game losing streak.

While turning back the Black Bears (3-6), the Seminoles showed the ability to share the basketball, protect the basketball and take away the basketball.

A game after Michael Snaer's 10 points were the team's best in a loss to No. 5 Florida, Snaer once again led scoring with 19 against Maine but he wasn't the only Seminole to shoot for double figures. 

Starting and playing significant minutes because of an injury to Ian Miller, freshman guard Aaron Thomas poured in a career-high 15 points while sophomore Terry Whisnant II added 14. Okaro White chipped in for 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds as well. 

Pictures Of The Day

Herschelle Gibbs and Shaun Marsh of the Scorchers run onto the field during the Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers at WACA on December 9, 2012 in Perth, Australia. (Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)
The other rookie quarterback...Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins reacts during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. Cousins replaced the injured RG3 and promptly tied the game. The Skins won in overtime.(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)
A golf ball sits on the beach during the final round of the MCB Tour Championship played at the Legends Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage on December 9, 2012 in Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. (Phil Inglis/Getty Images Europe)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

(Grant Halverston/Getty Images)
BOSTON COLLEGE 72, St. Francis (N.Y.) 64 - Recap

MARYLAND 61, South Carolina State 46 - Recap

#25 N.C. STATE 80, Cleveland State 763 - Recap

#2 DUKE 90, Temple 67 - Recap

VIRGINIA 67, Mississippi Valley State 39 - Recap

West Virginia 68, VIRGINIA TECH 67 - Recap

Seton Hall 71, WAKE FOREST 67- Recap

GEORGIA TECH 73, UNC Wilmington 66 - Recap

#20 NORTH CAROLINA 78, East Tennessee State 55 - Recap

#8 Arizona 66, CLEMSON 54 - Recap

Pictures Of The Day

Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico celebrates his 6th round knock out victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada December 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)
Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies kisses the Heisman Memorial Trophy after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference after the 78th Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America)
The Navy Midshipmen celebrate a victory after beating the Army Black Knights on December 8, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Navy won 17-13. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Navy mascots stand on the sideline as Army marches on the field before the start of the 113th Army-Navy NCAA college football game in Philadelphia Saturday Dec. 8, 2012.  Navy won for the 11th straight time. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

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