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Friday, January 25, 2013

Tar Heel Fans Temporarily Elated By Illegal Late Night Duke Practice Rumors

YOU-KNOW-WHO ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
After Duke’s loss to Miami the other night by 27 points, the next morning radio show host Dan Patrick made a joke about Coach K marching his squad into Cameron Funkytown Arena and practicing from 1:30 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.

Patrick said, "Am I allowed to tell people about what happened with Duke basketball?" Patrick said. "Now, we're looking into this. The Duke charter landed in Durham at 12:42 in the morning. Practiced started at 1:30 a.m., finished up at 4:45 a.m. We're being told by a couple of people who work there at Duke that Coach K was not pleased after being blown out by 27."

While Coack K and staff may have been tempted to start the team running the minute the plane hit the ground in Durham, NCAA rules prohibit such.  And we all know that Duke NEVER breaks the rules.  Well, at least, they damn sure don't ever get caught...(See Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, etc.)

Of course, this immediately became a huge sensation on the Internet where everything you read, see or hear is true. Don’t believe us, just ask that kid from Notre Dame.

Guess what? Turns out Dan Patrick was joking!  Really? Dan Patrick joking? Shocking!
Wasn’t he always Keith Olbermann’s straight man?  Well…no.

Yes, after a fair amount of sound and fury (and a denial from K-tower) a producer on The Dan Patrick Show clarified to Bomani Jones that Patrick's statement wasn't a report of fact or even rumor. They were “goofing.”  Of course, the clarification came via Twitter.  

Just one more reason to start drinking early. 

The riot quickly planned for Franklin Street was just as quickly cancelled. 


Thursday Night ACC Basketball Scorebaord

FLORIDA STATE 60, CLEMSON 57 - His right arm beating his chest, Michael Snaer had one thing to say as he sprinted the length of the floor in the euphoric aftermath of the Florida State men's basketball team's come-from-behind win over Clemson Thursday night.

Indeed it is. Eleven months after drilling a game-winner against Virginia Tech from nearly the exact same spot on the floor (coincidentally, his game-winner at Duke last year was also from that spot), "Big-Shot Snaer" did it once again.

That win last February was FSU's (11-7, 3-2 ACC) second in a row but this one this year helped the Noles prevent two consecutive losses become three, and in the process give them their first sweep of Clemson (10-8, 2-4) since 2009. It also propelled them back towards the top of the muddled conference standings.


(AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)
VIRGINIA 74, VIRGINIA TECH 58 - Evan Nolte scored a career-high 18 points to lead Virginia past in-state rival Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

 Nolte, a freshman, came into the game averaging 6.4 points per game but hit five 3-pointers for the Cavaliers (13-5, 3-2 in the ACC) and 6 of 12 from the floor.

He and Joe Harris combined to hit nine of Virginia's season-high 11 3-pointers. Harris scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, including nine - on three 3-pointers - during a 24-2 Virginia run that gave the Cavaliers the lead for good.

Virginia hit 9 of 10 shots during that run, including five 3-pointers.


Quote Of The Day

“I don't know what it's all about and I find this very suspicious. And I'm starting to believe (the NCAA wants to) intentionally botch this investigation for reasons I can only imagine are monetary.”

-- Maria Elena Perez, Nevin Shapiro's attorney, to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

There has been some shuffling of late in the Maimi investigation, but, quite frankly, we haven’t kept up on the details.

If you would like to sort it out, feel free to click here for the latest news. 

FSU QB Coach Headed To Miami

(Orlando Sentinel) Florida State has lost its sixth assistant coach in five weeks. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley is leaving FSU to become the offensive coordinator at Miami.

The news was first reported around midday Thursday by Emory Parker of, a website affiliated with the network. The Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel later corroborated the report.

Miami officially announced the hiring later Thursday afternoon.

"We're excited about adding James Coley's leadership, expertise and passion to our staff," Miami head coach Al Golden said in a news release. "I've been an admirer of his offense's output and execution, his commitment to student-athlete development as well as his relentless approach to recruiting Dade and Broward Counties."

Coley was the lead recruiter of South Florida for the Seminoles.

To read more, click here. 

Offseason Crime: Top UVA Recruit Arrested During Campus Visit

(Thomas Slusser | For the Virginian-Pilot)

Nothing says your football fortunes are on the rise like an off-season arrest.  The fact that it’s a kid that hasn’t even enrolled yet is even better...


Running back Taquan Mizzell of Virginia Beach, the University of Virginia’s first five-star recruit since 2005, was charged with underage possession of alcohol according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

If you’re a Hokie and you want to revel in the details, click here!

And for those of you in Hokie Nation that swear the Washington Post is baised against all things maroon and orange, click here!

ACC Football Links

By Andrea Adelson |

Clemson running back Andre Ellington is using the Senior Bowl to show scouts size isn't everything.

ESPN 300 receiver Kyrin Priester has flipped his commitment from N.C. State to Clemson.

Blair Holliday plans to work while waiting reinstatement at Duke.

An injury could force Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby to miss spring football and track season.

Georgia Tech's new AD plans to raise the school's profile.

Meet Maryland commit Milan Collins.

Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald discusses what Miami could be getting from the NCAA. Lots of speculation out there. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is off to the Jags.

With Mike Glennon, NFL scouts are busy sizing up another N.C. State quarterback.

New UVa assistant Tom O'Brien says he has no anger over his dismissal as NC State head coach.

Larry Lewis hopes to give UVa's special teams a shot in the arm. Highly touted UVa recruit Taquan Mizzell was arrested during his official visit and charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler has drawn rave reviews.

Athlon Sports presents the Top 10 ACC teams of the BCS era.

By Heather Dinich |

There is no offseason...

Frank Beamer has an interesting history of offensive coordinators.

This would be an awesome hire for Miami. Goferit, Al Golden.

Florida State is trying to have another top-notch recruiting class despite the loss of five assistants.

Clemson and Georgia have no interest in moving their opener to Labor Day.

Miami's Mike James has been invited to the Senior Bowl

He is replacing Andre Ellington, who withdrew because he was injured.

Any more of this and the NCAA's credibility "could fit on a golf tee."

Miami should get a free pass, writes Dennis Dodd.

End it now. Please.

Russell Wilson is a Pro Bowler. Surprised? Not Dana Bible.

Georgia Tech has parted ways with one of its recruits. What happened?

Clemson reserve cornerback Cortez Davis will transfer.

Louisville has upped the ante on coaching salaries in the ACC.

ACC In The Super Bowl

VERNON DAVIS (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
We try to comply this list annually and thank goodness Heather Dinich of ESPN has done it for us with the help of the ACC office.

  • Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
  • Anquan Boldin, WR, Florida State
  • Ray Lewis, LB, Miami (pre-ACC)
  • Bryant McKinnie, T, Miami
  • Ed Reed, S, Miami (pre-ACC)
  • Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
  • Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
  • Damien Berry, RB, Miami (injured reserve)
  • Ricky Brown, LB, Boston College (injured reserve)
  • Michael McAdoo, OLB, North Carolina (injured reserve)
  • Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (injured reserve)
  • LaQuan Williams, WR, Maryland (injured reserve)
  • Antoine McClain, G, Clemson (practice squad)

GOTTFRIED (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
  • Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell served as head coach at Wake Forest for eight seasons, from 1993-2000.
  • Ravens assistant head coach and special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg coached the secondary at Boston College (1997-98)
  • Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin served as defensive backs coach at Wake Forest from 1993-95
  • Baltimore assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington lettered as an offensive linemen with Virginia Tech from 1995-97
  • 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio began his career as a graduate assistant at North Carolina (1983)
  • San Francisco assistant strength and conditioning Coach Kevin Tolbert spent three years in strength and conditioning at Miami (1998-2000
  • 49ers director of football operations and sports medicine Jeff Ferguson is a native and graduate of Clemson, where he was a student athletic trainer from 1989-93.

N.C. State men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried is a second cousin of both Super Bowl head coaches.

Pictures Of The Day

Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Pelicans, speaks at a press conference to announce the name change from the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena on January 24, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America)
Better red than dead...but only a little better. The Caps dropped to 0-3 last night losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the game some call “hockey.”  We have no idea what that is. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
The #56 RK Motors Ferrari 458 driven by Robert Kauffamn, Rui Aguas, Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer during night practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)
Chris Rogers of the Bushrangers bats during day one of the Sheffield Shield match between the South Australia Redbacks and the Victoria Bushrangers at Adelaide Oval on January 24, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Morne de Klerk/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Chas Guldemond of the USA practices prior to the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination at Winter X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 24, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ACC Wednesday Night Scoreboard - Miami Posts Historic Upset Of Top-Ranked Duke

SCOTT (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)

#25 MIAMI 90, #1 DUKE 63 - OK, we were perplexed when the Blue Devils sans Ryan Kelly were voted back to the top spot in college basketball. While we realize there is no dominant team this season, it seemed absurd to think that Duke was as good without the 6’11” senior who averages 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds as they are without him...

Well...they aren’t, and last night the #25 Miami Hurricanes pointed that out with gusto handing Coach K’s squad a record setting 28th loss when ranked as the No.1 team. That’s a D1 record for any coach.  The Blue Devils are the fifth top five team in the past two weeks to lose and they account for two of those losses.

The 27-point-loss is tied for the school’s sixth-largest loss of the K era and is their worst regular season loss since 1984.

Miami (14-3, 5-0 ACC) beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots while four Hurricanes hit three-pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead.

Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponent's court.  

They regained the top spot this week but seemed rattled by the capacity crowd, only the 10th in 10 years at Miami's on-campus arena. Students began lining up for seats outside the arena almost 24 hours before tipoff, a rarity for the attendance-challenged Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes, who are alone atop the league standings, won their sixth consecutive game. They beat Duke for the second straight time -- but only the fourth time in the 19-game series.

Miami had been 0-6 against No. 1 teams. Coach Jim Larranaga also beat a No. 1 team for the first time. 

Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for the Hurricanes, and Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22. Shane Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Durham, N.C. native Julian Gamblehad 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

HAIRSTON (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Miami senior center Reggie Johnson came off the bench in his first action since being sidelined with a broken left thumb Dec. 18. He had two points and five rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Hurricanes, ranked this week for the first time in three years, improved to 8-0 at home.

Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1 of 29 for the Blue Devils, who shot a season-low 30 percent. Sulaimon led them with 16 points.  

NORTH CAROLINA 79, GEORGIA TECH 63 - Short of Coach K being arrested or sanctioned by the Suits In Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) a evening doesn’t get much better in Chapel Hill then when the Blue Devils lose and the Tar Heels win.  The fact that the fellas from Durham were humiliated, was only icing on UNC’s cake.

Reggie Bullock scored 17 points and as UNC beat Georgia Tech on Wednesday night for its third straight win.

P.J. Hairston had 15 points and James Michael McAdoo added 14 for the Tar Heels (13-5, 3-2 ACC).
With former star Rashad McCants watching from behind their bench in a McAdoo jersey, the Tar Heels never trailed and shot nearly 43 percent (30 of 70) to move above .500 in league play for the first time this season.

Quote Of The Day

(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)

"We expected them to be terrific, and we have to match terrific, and then you have a terrific game. What you had was a terrific win for them, but not a terrific game. We didn't hold our end of the bargain."

- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Pictures Of The Day

Fans storm the court (yawn) after the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Miami defeated Duke 90-63. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)
University of Miami students, some of them lined up since last night, wait to be admitted for the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Duke Blue Devils on January 23, 2013 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)
In order to make basketball more interesting, we have the game of netball which has a hoop, but no backboard.  Here, Pamela Cookey of England in action during the International Netball Series between England and Australia at Wembley Arena on January 23, 2013 in London, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe)
Cheaters. (Getty Images)
James Michael McAdoo #43 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battles for a rebound with Marcus Georges-Hunt #4 and Mfon Udofia #0 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during play at the Dean Smith Center on January 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-63. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ACC Tuesday Night Scoreboard - Wolfpack Upset At Wake Forest

(Gerry Broom/AP Photo)
WAKE FOREST 86, #18 N.C. STATE 84 - Devin Thomas saved the first double-double of his career for the perfect time, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead Wake Forest to an upset of N.C. State at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Tuesday evening.

The Wolfpack built a 12-point lead in the first half and led 47-35 going into the locker room, but the Demon Deacons dominated the second half. Two separate runs in the second half, one 9-2 and the other 12-4, powered the Deacs into the lead at the 9:55 mark.

N.C. State made a late run, cutting the lead to a point with one minute remaining, but the Wolfpack missed five of its last six shots, and a pair of free throws by Travis McKie with four seconds remaining sealed the victory for Wake Forest.

McKie (16), Codi Miller-McIntyre (15) and C.J. Harris (10) all joined him in double figures. Arnaud William Adala Moto fell just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Thomas had a true stat-stuffing night, adding four assists, four blocks and three steals to his 25 points and 14 boards.

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MARYLAND 64, BOSTON COLLEGE 59 -  Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Jake Layman scored 15 and Maryland squeezed past Boston College on Tuesday night.

Maryland (15-4, 3-3 ACC) improved to 13-1 at home despite committing 14 turnovers and shooting only 42 percent. It was the Terrapins' second win in five games after a 13-1 start. 

Ryan Anderson scored 19 and Oliver Hanlan had 18 for the Eagles (9-9, 1-4). Boston College has lost four of five, with those defeats coming by a total of 14 points.

During a tight second half, neither team led by more than three points until Layman made a 3-pointer to put Maryland up 48-43 with 9:12 to go, part of a 12-1 run that turned a 43-40 deficit into a 52-44 advantage.

Pictures Of The Day

Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in her Quarterfinal match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during day nine of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Runners race past the three furlong marker (as in 3/8th of a mile to the finish line)in The Book Hospitality At Lingfield Park Selling Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on January 22, 2013 in Lingfield, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Fans lift Wake Forest's C.J. Harris, center, as they celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Wake Forest won 86-84. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
A general view of Rod Laver arena during the Quarterfinal match between Thomas Berdych of The Czech Republic and Novak Djockovic of Serbia during day nine of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Inter Milan forward Marko Livaja catches a boot from AS Roma defender Leandro Castan during a Serie A soccer match in Rome's Olympic Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Riveting. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Young Jim Harbaugh (14) with the Ann Arbor Packers on his way to the an eventual Super Bowl gig. (Harbaugh Family)
Does anybody have any idea what these people are doing? (Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Duke Back To No. 1

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll after dropping from the top spot for one week.

The Blue Devils, who fell to No. 3 last week, took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana to move back to No. 1, their fifth week on top this season. Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.

Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.

ACC Players of The Week

(Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock has been named the ACC Player of the Week, while Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan has been selected the league’s Rookie of the Week.

Bullock scored a career-high 24 points in the Tar Heels’ 62-52 win over Maryland Saturday, bettering his previous high of 23 points versus Tennessee State on Nov. 22, 2011. The Kinston, N.C., junior had 21 first-half points, out-scoring the visiting Terps by one point as North Carolina built a 42-20 halftime lead. Bullock hit on 7-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range and pulled down five rebounds in the victory.

In earning ACC rookie honors for the second straight week and third time this season, Hanlan had 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in Wednesday’s 60-59 loss to Miami. Playing 39 minutes against the Hurricanes, the Almyer, Quebec, freshman was 6-of-10 from the field en route to scoring in double figures for the ninth-straight game. Hanlan leads ACC freshmen and is 14th in scoring at 13.6 points per game.

R.I.P. Earl Weaver 1930-2013


“Pitching, defense and the three run homer.”

We would add tomatoes and arguing with the umps.

To read Weaver’s obit in the Baltimore Sun (where else?), click here


Quote Of The Day

(LM Otero/AP Photo/USA Today)

"Some of the rules are more ignored and laughed at than followed.”

And “...focus the rules on those things that are real threats to integrity of sport rather than things that are mostly annoying."

NCAA President Mark Emmert last week talking about plans to rewrite and simplify its often criticized, dense rule book while continuing to hold its membership accountable to core principles.

Among  changes to take effect Aug. 1 will be the elimination of the amount of phone calls and other private communication, such as text messages and through social media, that coaches can have with recruits.

Also gone will be restrictions on sending printed recruiting material to prospects regarding the size and colors of such material. (Really?)

The various changes are said to reduce the cumbersome NCAA rules tome from 500 to a mere 475 pages.

Pictures Of The Day

Coming soon to the ACC near you...Fans of the Syracuse Orange look on before the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Carrier Dome on January 21, 2013 in Syracuse, New York. (Nate Shron/Getty Images North America)
Dawid Kubacki of Poland flies over Sapporo during day two of the FIS Men's Ski Jumping World Cup at Okurayama Jump Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Sapporo, Japan. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Lorenzo Brown #2 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack battles for a loose ball with Rod Hall #12 of the Clemson Tigers during play at PNC Arena on January 20, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)
 Zach Wormhoudt competes in the finals during the Mavericks Invitational surf competition on January 20, 2013 in Half Moon Bay, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball Scoreboard

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#14 N.C. STATE 66, CLEMSON 62 - N.C. State never trailed Sunday in its 66-62 victory over Clemson at PNC Arena, but that doesn't mean the Tigers didn't give the Wolfpack a scare on head coach Mark Gottfried's birthday.

Scott Wood made three out of four free throws in the final minute and the Pack's press created two backcourt turnovers in the closing seconds to secure the victory after the Tigers twice tied the game in the latter part of the second half.

State (15-3 overall, 4-1 ACC) opened the game with a 10-0 run, thanks to three quick 3-pointers by freshman Rodney Purvis, and never let the Tigers take it away. Freshman T.J. Warren scored 10 straight at one point and 14 in the first half as the Pack took a 34-26 advantage into intermission.
But the Tigers, behind the scoring of senior center Devin Booker and sophomore guard Rod Hall, stayed within striking distance. Senior forward Milton Jennings twice hit 3-pointers to tie the game.

In the end, however, Wood's free-throw shooting saved the win, as the Pack won on its home court for the 11th consecutive game this season.

VIRGINIA TECH 66, WAKE FOREST 65 - Robert Brown's short jumper in front of the goal with 12.3 seconds remaining lifted Virginia Tech to an ACC victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

The win marked Tech's second in a row after the Hokies had dropped four straight. Tech is now 11-6 overall on the season, 2-2 in the ACC. Wake Forest, which lost to the Hokies for the sixth time in the past seven meetings, fell to 9-8 overall, 2-3 in the ACC.

Brown, who had made one of his previously 10 attempts, had the ball with the shot clock winding down before driving to the lane. He put up a short jumper in front of the rim and was fouled by Wake Forest's Devin Thomas. He missed the free throw.

(Gerry Broome/AP Photo)

NORTH CAROLINA 62, MARYLAND 52 - Reggie Bullock kept burying shot after shot. The defense kept harassing Maryland's ballhandlers on every possession.

For a half, coach Roy Williams couldn't have asked for more from his up-and-down North Carolina team.  Then there was the second half that saw the sometimes anemic Tar Heel offense generate 20 points.

Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half, 
Bullock scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half, James Michael McAdoo added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who turned in a dominating first-half performance to build a 22-point lead at the break. 

Maryland (14-4, 2-3) never fully recovered from that mistake-filled first half and never got the lead below double figures after halftime, even after UNC slowed down.

VIRGINIA 56, FLORIDA STATE 36 - Joe Harris scored 17 points and Virginia used a 22-4 run late in the first half and stifling defense throughout to beat Florida State for the first time in eight tries, on Saturday.

Akil Mitchell added 13 points for the Cavaliers (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 33-15 at halftime - the fifth time this season they have held an opponent under 20 first-half points. It was the first time they have done it in an ACC game since they led Clemson 28-14 on Feb. 10, 1996.

Michael Snaer scored nine points to lead the Seminoles (10-7, 2-2), who shot 37 percent, missed 14 of 15 3-point attempts and committed 18 turnovers that Virginia turned into 20 points.

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