Saturday, February 9, 2013

ACC Weekend Hoops Schedule

REGGIE JOHNSON. DUDE'S BIG. (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
Saturday, Feb 9
FLORIDA STATE @ WAKE FOREST, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN (XM 191, SIRIUS 92)

GEORGIA TECH @ VIRGINIA TECH, 1:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 190, SIRIUS 134)

NORTH CAROLINA @ #8 MIAMI, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN/WatchESPN (XM 91, SIRIUS 91)

Sunday, Feb 10
N.C. STATE @ CLEMSON, 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 192, SIRIUS 93)

VIRGINIA @ MARYLAND, 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190, SIRIUS 123)

#4 DUKE @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN (XM 192, SIRIUS 93)

Miami has started their ACC season 9-0 and only two other teams not named Duke or North Carolina have done that. One went undefeated (N.C. State), but were ineligible for the NCAA tournament. The other, Virginia played their way to the Final Four. 

New AD At Miami


AP: Blake James was not privy to many details of the NCAA investigation into Miami's athletic compliance practices until he became the Hurricanes' acting athletic director four months ago.
Even after learning what the Hurricanes could be facing, he still wanted the job.

And the school gave it to him on Friday, taking the "acting" tag off his title and formally making him the school's athletic director. He replaced Shawn Eichorst, who left in October for the same job at Nebraska.

"It was an interview process that probably's been longer than most, but one that was a great experience and one that I valued tremendously," James said in an afternoon teleconference. "And obviously I look forward to moving this program forward. I think we have great days ahead, a great staff, great coaches and I'm looking forward to bringing us back to the top."

The announcement of his hiring came shortly after a meeting of the university's board of trustees.
"Blake James has proven that he has the experience, skills, leadership and especially the love for the university that we need in athletics," Miami president Donna Shalala said in a statement.

It's a critical time for Miami's athletic department, especially the administration, where virtually everyone in the employee directory has been a relatively new hire or has assumed a new role in the past couple years.

What Is(n’t) Wrong With This Picture?

(Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Seriously.

Never mind that Boomer could use a few less cheeseburgers, his golf form is just plain awful.  

Here, Berman watches a shot on the second hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 8, 2013 in Pebble Beach, California. 

How’s Your Grandma?

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Awww...that’s right the Devil doesn’t have a gramdma.

Our bad.

ACC Football Links

TAIVON JACOBS (Mark Gail/Washington Post)

Hey, it’s February, who isn’t thinking about college football?

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he is going to interview coaching candidates to fill James Coley's vacancy next week.

Pitt and Florida State could open the 2013 season.

Mark Bradley of The AJC stirs it up, asking, "When, if ever, will Georgia Tech again beat UGA?"

Maryland recruit Taivon Jacobs talks about flipping to the Terps.

Miami says of the 10,000 drug tests performed on student-athletes, zero have tested positive for steroids.

The UNC Board of Governors remained skeptical that academic fraud could only be pinned on two people in the African studies department.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora focused on speed, athleticism and versatility in his recruiting class.

Notre Dame won't join the ACC until the fall of 2014.

Virginia's secondary is getting an influx of talented defensive backs.

How Wake Forest offensive lineman Cameron Gardner evolved into a football player.

PJ Batten ended up at Syracuse after flirting with Duke.

Pictures Of The Day


Athletes compete in the individual two day event during the 2013 Speights Coast to Coast on February 9, 2013 in Greymouth, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
We don’t know what this event is, but evidently it wisely includes a “cannonball” contest.  Here, Michael Jones competes in the Men's 1m preliminary round on day 1 of the British Gas Diving Championships on February 8, 2013 in Plymouth, England. (Harry Engels/Getty Images Europe)
Players participate in the 2013 USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships on February 8, 2013 in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The three-day tournament features 2,400 participants from 30 states playing a round robin tournament on 28 rinks laid out on Dollar Lake. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)
As they say in NASCAR, “it blowed up.” Here, Pedro de la Rosa of Spain and Ferrari examines his car after an engine failure during Formula One winter testing at Circuito de Jerez on February 8, 2013 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe)
Runners turn away from the grandstand in The kempton.co.uk Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Race at Kempton racecourse on February 08, 2013 in Sunbury, England. (Source: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Hootie!! Singer Darius Rucker watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 8, 2013 in Pebble Beach, California. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball Schedule

Saturday, Feb 9
FLORIDA STATE @ WAKE FOREST, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN (XM 191, SIRIUS 92)

GEORGIA TECH @ VIRGINIA TECH, 1:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 190, SIRIUS 134)

NORTH CAROLINA @ #8 MIAMI, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN/WatchESPN (XM 91, SIRIUS 91)

Sunday, Feb 10
N.C. STATE @ CLEMSON, 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 192, SIRIUS 93)

VIRGINIA @ MARYLAND, 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190, SIRIUS 123)

#4 DUKE @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN (XM 192, SIRIUS 93)

Thursday Night ACC Basketball


THORNTON, HOWELL & PLUMLEE (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
#4 DUKE 98, N.C. SATE 85 - Mason Plumlee scored 30 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat North Carolina State on Thursday night. Seth Curry added 26 points and Quinn Cook had 21 for the Blue Devils (20-2, 7-2 ACC).

DUKE never trailed, shot 53.8 percent from the field, led by 21 points and held off a Wolfpack rally to claim their fourth straight win.

Richard Howell had 15 of his 23 points in the second half for the Wolfpack (16-7, 5-5), who clawed back in it by making 12 of their first 14 shots of the second half.



VIRGINIA 78, CLEMSON 41 - Joe Harris scored 21 points and outscored Clemson by himself for most of the game Thursday night as Virginia used one of its best defensive efforts of the year to embarrass the Tigers.

Akil Mitchell added 16 points and Justin Anderson 14 as Virginia (16-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) avenged one of its worst performances of the season, a 59-44 loss at Clemson on Jan. 12.

The Tigers (12-10, 4-6), who shot 77 percent in the second half of that game against the nation's 10th-best field goal percentage defense (37.3 percent), had no such success on the Cavaliers' home floor. Not until Devin Booker's putback with 12:04 left made it 55-22 did they have more points than Harris.


WILL JOHNSON & NICK FAUST
(Matt Gentry/Roanoke Times/AP Photo)
MARYLAND 60, VIRGINIA TECH 55 - Jake Layman scored 14 points to lift Maryland to a victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Alex Len added 10 points for the Terrapins (17-6, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their second straight after losing games at Duke and at Florida State.

Len's two free throws with 58.4 seconds left gave Maryland a 56-53 lead. After Virginia Tech's Robert Brown missed a jumper in the lane, Maryland's Nick Faust hit two free throws with 28 seconds left to make it 58-53.



Duke Students At It Again...

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

Already in trouble for having a frat party with an Asian theme, some Duke students seem determined to stay in the news.

With visiting N.C. State’s point guard Lorenzo Brown injured, the Wolfpack were playing freshmen Tyler Lewis in his place.  Subsequently, it was the young Lewis’ first trip inside the old gym so he was bound to take some good-natured (and typically clever) ribbing.

Thus, the Cameron Crazies proceeded to chant a number of things at Lewis including “Past Your Bedtime” and “Bilbo Baggins.”  However, the one that veered outside the lines was “How’s your grandma?”

Lewis’ grandmother died February 1st. 

Lewis seemed unfazed scoring 13 points while dishing out 6 assists while playing all but one minute of the game.

Pop Culture That Makes You Go...

(PacificCoastNews.com)

Hmmm...

This new action figure of a war zone journalist looks more than a little like Leonardo Di Caprio. War Journalist: Battlefield Hero is a 1/6-scale Toymaster action figure that lets kids play with their very own conflict photographer. 

The highly detailed plastic figure comes in a box set with all kinds of extras including a camera kit with a body, three lenses, lens hoods, lap top and a camera bag. 

In addition to basic gear and clothing items, the set also includes all kinds of detailed accessories, including a press pass (didn’t know you needed a press pass to photograph a WAR!), a pen and notebook, a cell phone, a Bluetooth headset and a water bottle. The box kits can be found on eBay for around $100.

Surely “sports photographer” and “paparazzi” will be out soon.

Pictures Of The Day


Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards dunks against the New York Knicks during the game at the Verizon Center on February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.  The 13-35 Wizards defeated the 31-16 Knicks. Must be the defense (see photo). (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Schoolboy Deon Lechleitner kicks an Australian Rules football as members of the Indigenous All Stars visit Yuendumu School in the Australian outback ahead of the AFL exhibition match between the Richmond Tigers and the Indigenous All Stars on February 7, 2013 in Yuendumu, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
It might be time to start worrying about crazy Uncle Bill...Here, Bill Murray is seen during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 7, 2013 in Pebble Beach, California. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)
Riders clear a hurdle during the Ladies Day 24th April Maiden Hurdle Race at Taunton Racecourse on February 7, 2013 in Taunton, England. (Harry Engels/Getty Images Europe)
Boomer in the bunker...Chris Berman of ESPN hits a bunker shot during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill on February 7, 2013 in Pebble Beach, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
And another #1 bites the dust.  Tyler Griffey #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini goes to the basket against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on February 7, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois defeated No. 1 ranked Indiana 74-72. We aren’t sure what happened out at the top of the key...? (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Duke forward Mason Plumlee (5) fakes out N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie (5) to score in the first half. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)








Thursday, February 7, 2013

New ACC Football Recruits


CLEMSON'S MACKENSIE ALEXANDER (NaplesNews.com)
Yesterday, was national signing day for NCAA football.  That should matter in the ACC, but some years now it hasn’t had much impact.

Color us lazy, but there is no reason to rehash what somebody else has already done well elsewhere.  Besides, you all know recruiting isn’t our thing...

So, here is the rundown according to ACC expert Heather Dinich of ESPN.com:

With five ACC teams (No. 9 Florida State, No. 14 Clemson, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 18 North Carolina and No. 21 Miami) ranked among the top 25 recruiting classes in the nation, it was another good recruiting season for the conference. 

The question is whether or not those respective programs can turn those recruiting rankings into BCS rankings. (Editor’s note: Sound familiar?)

Luring talent into the ACC has never been a problem -- there are plenty of NFL rosters and a recent Super Bowl to prove it. This year was no exception, and the ACC coaches are to be commended, considering how much turnover there was in the league this year. Miami has a new offensive coordinator and continues to recruit under the cloud of an NCAA investigation. Virginia Tech made sweeping changes to its offensive staff, including a new coordinator. Boston College and NC State have entirely new staffs. Virginia had a staff overhaul, and so did Florida State. Georgia Tech has a new defensive coordinator. Maryland is leaving in 2014 for the Big Ten. 

And yet there were no major disasters today. 

Instead, there were plenty of highlights:

Clemson landed CB Mackensie Alexander, the No. 4 overall prospect, ATH Adrian Baker, and OL Tyrone Crowder.
Florida State won over LB Matthew Thomas, and DT Keith Bryant.
The Noles flipped No. 4 CB Jalen Ramsey from USC.
Miami got letters from WR Stacy Coley and LB Jermaine Grace.
Maryland lured away an Ohio State recruit, and Virginia beat Georgia for OT George Adeosun and lured OT Eric Telow away from Wake Forest.

Those were the decisions of the top uncommitted prospects with ACC interests heading into the day. Of the 12 players on the watch list, seven wound up heading to the ACC, and RB Cornelius Elder has said he won't announce on signing day. We'll have plenty of follow-up coverage for you within the next few days and into next week, so keep checking back for more. Until then, you can check out each class at your leisure. 

You'll notice this list is a big longer than in previous years. Welcome to the ACC blog, Pitt and Cuse. Here are the official 2013 classes for each school in the ACC:


Quote Of The Day

"There's going to be a lot of people who didn't stand with us who are going to be remembered for not standing with us. "'I Stand With The U' means this is tough right now. This is about as tough as it gets in our business. We've got a bunch of coaches and players that are digging in and rather than running are going to fight their way out of it. Now do you stand with us or not? And that is the truth. That is the truth. From my heart, that is the truth."

Miami head coach Al Golden on the difficulty of recruiting and running a D1 football program with NCAA sanctions still hanging over the program’s head and opposing coaches using the U’s situation to recruit against Golden and the Hurricanes.

To read more, click here

Wake Forest Fans Looking To Fire Hoops Coaches

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Wake Forest is having another down year at 10-12 overall and 3-7 in the ACC.

Things got so bad back in December that Wake Forest’s radio partner stopped taking phone calls into head basketball coach’s Jeff Bzdelik’s radio show.  While things have gotten a bit better in early 2013 with win over the Wahoos and Wolfpack, the official “fire Jeff Bzdelik” campaign is now in full swing.

Bzdelik was hired when former Skip Prosser assistant Dino Gaudio was fired after taking the Demon Deacons to three straight NCAA tournaments.  

Athletic director Ron Wellman hired Bzdelik whom he knew, liked and may well have worked with before (who knows for sure and who has time to look up the details when you’re busy pointing fingers?  Really?) to replace Gaudio. It didn’t help that Bzdelik’s record at his previous job, Coloarado, was a whopping 36-58.  Maybe it was the “z” in his name, like Krzgshfbv9ski?

Eamonn Brennan at ESPN.com says this: “It's an old Internet tradition, and at various points in its history has stretched into the completely ridiculous. (Google "Fire Bill Self" if you don't believe me.) But rarely does a "Fire X Coach" website have such a well-coordinated campaign in place. Not only is there a long-standing hash tag ("BuzzOut"), but a copious list of unflattering statistics, including his 2-44 road mark against the Big 12 and ACC, a 2-20 record in February and March at Wake, and the number of consecutive wins Bzdelik would need to match Gaudio's winning percentage (the answer is 67, which, yikes).”

Stand by to stand by...

Florida State is at Wake Forest on Saturday.

Pop Culture: Down Goes Monopoly’s Iron

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Toy maker Hasbro, Inc. announced today that fans of the board game Monopoly voted in an online contest to eliminate the iron playing figure and replace it with a cat figure. The cat game piece received 31 percent of the online votes to beat out four other contenders, a robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar.

Pictures Of The Day


Former 49er Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott attends the JELL-O Make The Taste of Defeat Sweet on February 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Steve Jennings/Getty Images North America)
 Ahhh, the Smurfs.  Is it football season yet? Is RG3 OK? The Smurfs were a group of diminutive wide receivers for the Redskins in the 1980s. Alvin Garrett (5-7), Virgil "Papa Smurf" Seay (5-8) and Charlie Brown (5-10) helped Washington reach two Super Bowls (winning one) in their time together. (Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Duke Frat In Deep Kimchi/Gimchi Over Asian Themed Party

PHOTO FROM GAWKER.COM

Yes, that was a bit tongue-in-cheek but after our tirade about rules, it seemed like the best place to start when writing about a fraternity at Duke getting in the dog house over a party called Asia Prime.

Now, Duke has rules. Society has rules. Many are unwritten, but we have the Political Correctness Police to enforce those rules for us. 

That said the lads at Kappa Sigma should know that at Duke is OK to poke fun at Tar Heels, Red Necks, Everybody Who Walks Into Cameron Indoor Stadium, Mexicans, the Irish, Italians and a bunch of other ethnic or social groups.  What they now know is they need to add Asians to the list that includes African Americans and homosexuals of those they may not joke about. 

Unless you happen to be a famous stand up comedian,musician or member of the minority in question, and then anything pretty much goes.

We aren’t here to pontificate on what is right and what is wrong and what hurts whose feelings. 

However, we will stick our journalistic neck out though and assert that a bunch of frat boys throwing a party with an Asian theme is a far cry from a hate crime.  They’re college kids for crying out loud.  They’re knuckleheads.  Knuckleheads that just learned a valuable lesson about the unwritten rules.  

You know, Kappa Sig just got their charter back so they may not be the brightest bulbs in Durham.  Check out the email invite below and tell us the braintrust over at Kappa Sig didn't see this coming? Mind you, the "Team America: World Police"is a good pull, but the "Herro Nice Duke Peopre" was asking for trouble...

We Americans of all descent cling to odd conventional wisdoms in our society like “don’t let the refs decide the outcome of the game, let the players that break the rules decide it.” Add to that list of oddities the fact that whether or not we can make fun of a group seems to be based on math.  

Old, fat, white guys? Fire away, they are in the majority. Anybody not in the mathematic majority, watch your mouth.  Even if what is said is true.  Political correctness, unlike libel, does not use truth as a defense.

Odd, that. But, we digress.

Needless to say, members of the Duke’s Asian Students Association were angry and somebody (nobody is taking credit/blame) circulated flyers calling the party a “racist rager.” 

Again, in the collective environment, the assumption by some is that hate motivates what one group sees as humor (crass as it may be) regarding a different group or what one group sees as what makes the other group different.  We are encouraged to be individuals, but discouraged from pointing out the differences of what makes us such.  

As individuals, we daily mock ourselves and those close to us with vigor. How often have you heard "we tease because we love!"? This is evidently acceptable as long as it’s done on a one-on-one basis...

There are a bunch of Asian-American kids at Duke  (insert stereotype here about how damn smart those Asian American kids are, because...a bunch of ‘em are damn smart, so why is it wrong to say that if national test scores bear out the accuracy of the statement?  Just sayin’.) as, like most college campuses, its a melting pot.  Hey, just like America!

Then a protest was organized to protest the party.

To read more from Gawker, click here

To read more from the Duke Chronicle, click here

The Asian Students Association’s web site includes no mention of the incident and related backlash.

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball: Michael Snaer Does It Again

KADJI (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald)
#8 MIAMI 72, BOSTON COLLEGE 50 - Kenny Kadji scored 10 points during a span of four possessions to start a second-half surge Tuesday night, and No. 8 Miami remained unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a victory over Boston College (10-12, 2-7 ACC).

Reserve junior Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points, and Kadji had 16 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes for the Hurricanes, who went 11 for 22 from 3-point range. They held an ACC opponent to 50 points or less for the fourth time.

The Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 ACC) have won 10 consecutive games and are 10-0 in their on-campus arena, winning each of the past three home games by at least 22 points. Nine victories in the ACC matches their highest total ever and they are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.  


NORTH CAROLINA 87, WAKE FOREST 62 - Reggie Bullock scored 23 points to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

James Michael McAdoo added 20 points for the Tar Heels (16-6, 6-3), who have won six of seven since an 0-2 league start. North Carolina put together a 24-5 run spanning halftime to blow the game open and take a 25-point lead on the way to an easy home win. The Tar Heels shot 52 percent and scored 26 points off turnovers to beat Wake Forest for the fourth straight time.

North Carolina led by 20 points at halftime and by 34 points after the break.  Wake Forest is now 10-12 overall and 3-7 in the ACC. 

Recap. Gerry Broome

ANOTHER GAME WINNER (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
FLORIDA STATE 56, GEORGIA TECH 54 - Michael Snaer hit a driving layup just before the buzzer, giving Florida State a victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.

Shocking...Snaer led the Seminoles (13-9, 5-4 ACC) with 15 points. Daniel Miller and Brandon Reed had 9 points each for Georgia Tech (12-9, 2-7).

Snaer made up for a turnover on the Seminoles' previous possession, when he let a routine pass slip through his hands and couldn't save it from rolling out of bounds. After Mfon Udofia missed a 3-pointer to break the 54-all deadlock, Florida State rebounded and called timeout to set up the last play.

Recap.  

Pictures Of The Day


Lindsey Vonn of the USA is helicoptered off the course during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women's SuperG on February 05, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. She suffered multiple knee injuries from the crash.  (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco rides with Mickey Mouse in a parade through the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort February 4, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Flacco led his Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers and became the first Delaware Blue Hen to star in a commercial and proclaim "I'm Going to Disney World!" (Handout/Getty Images North America)
Wide receiver Torrey Smith (Maryland) of the Baltimore Ravens holds up The Vince Lombardi Trophy as he and teammates celebrate during their Super Bowl XLVII victory parade near M&T Bank Stadium on February 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens captured their second Super Bowl title by defeating the San Francisco 49ers. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
Ahhh...the crazy people are back! Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang - Day Three at Sepang Circuit on February 5, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images AsiaPac)
 (L-R) Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia Toro Rosso pose during the Toro Rosso F1 STR8 Launch at Circuito de Jerez on February 4, 2013 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Justin Davies/Getty Images Europe)
Tina Maze of Slovenia celebrates after winning the Women's Super G event during the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships on February 5, 2013 in Schladming, Austria. (Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe)


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Night Hoops Schedule

LAST GAME IN REYNOLDS COLISEUM IN 1999. (NCSU Libraries Digital Collection)
WAKE FOREST @ NORTH CAROLINA, 7:00 PM, ESPNU/WatchESPN (XM 190, SIRIUS 123)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ MIAMI, 7:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 191, SIRIUS 93)

FLORIDA STATE @ GEORGIA TECH, 9:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 190, SIRIUS 123)

Players Of The Week

LARKIN (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)

Miami sophomore Shane Larkin has been named the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week,  and Boston College’s Joe Rahon has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Larkin averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 38.5 minutes for the Hurricanes, who scored a pair of road wins and climbed to No 8 in this week’s Associated Press rankings. Larkin hit 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the field, including 7-of-15 (.467) from 3-point range.  At Virginia Tech, Larkin had 25 points, hitting a career-high five 3-pointers. At 5-11, Larkin used his 43-inch vertical to block back-to-back Hokie shots, his first-career game with a pair of swats. 

Against No. 19 N.C. State, Larkin notched five steals and five assists while pulling down three rebounds. He recorded 13 points, hitting 55.6 percent from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Rahon scored a season-high 26 points to lead Boston College past Clemson on Saturday afternoon. It was the most points scored by a freshman in the ACC this season. Rahon was 9-for-12 from the floor and 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. He also had four rebounds and four assists in the game. It marked the second time this year that Rahon connected on six 3-pointers.

AP Poll: Duke #4, Miami Moves Up To #8

(ESPN.com)

ACC Tourney Trophy Joins Travel Team

(Sneakin Deacon/via Flickr)

The ACC and the ACC Digital Network have announced the 2013 ACC Trophy Tour beginning tonight in Chapel Hill. 

In celebration of the 60th annual of the men's tournament, the ACC will take the Official Championship Trophy on tour with stops at various ACC men's basketball gameswitt he final stop being the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. March 14-17, 2013.

As part of the Trophy Tour, fans at the games will receive a "Watch and Win" scratch card to have the chance to win an official commemorative ACC Championship basketball.  The lucky number will be revealed following the game and announced within the ACC Digital Network's game highlight video.
Fans everywhere can enter to win the Grand Prize, a pair of ticket books to the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament by visiting theACC.com/trophytour to enter.

The 2013 Trophy Tour schedule will be:
Tuesday, February 5th Wake Forest at North Carolina 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12th Virginia Tech at Virginia 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23rd Miami at Wake Forest 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24th Boston College at Duke 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26th Wake Forest at Florida State 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27th Maryland at Georgia Tech 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 28th North Carolina at Clemson 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 2nd Clemson at Virginia Tech 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6th Wake Forest at NC State 9:00 p.m.


Pop Culture: Super Bowl Halftime Show Madonna v. Beyoncé

(Zimbio.com)

Here is T.A.H.’s takeaway from the Super Bowl halftime show: The Who really sucked.  After seeing Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce light it up (albeit in different ways) in the recent past, we were reminded just how bad Pete and Roger were a few years back...

See me...Feel me...Get me off the stage.

According to Deadline, Beyoncé pulled in about 100 million U.S. viewers on Sunday evening — a considerable feat, to be sure. But, the number looks a little less impressive when one considers that in 2012, 116 million tuned in to watch Madonna stalk around awkwardly in too-tall stilettos and a cheerleader outfit. 

There are, of course, other factors than Beyoncé's pull at play here: This year's game was slightly didn’t include teams from the New York and Boston media markets, and the 21-6 halftime score may not have helped either.

Pictures Of The Day


Tepmokea ridden by Shane Kelly (L) leads the field into the final turn during the Grand Prix Guardaval Immobilien race at the White Turf horse racing meeting held on the frozen Lake St Moritz on February 3, 2013 in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Kids play ball during the official NFL China Super Bowl Party at Kerry Hotel on February 4, 2013 in Beijing, China. Note Santana Moss. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac)
“Yes, I agree it was a good ‘no call.’ If the refs called it by the rules, I probably wouldn’t be standing up here. And, thank you for embracing and continuing the tradition of the officials not deciding the outcome of close games and subsequently allowing players (who break the rules) to determine the outcome of the game.” Brilliant!  OK, maybe that didn’t happen.  (L-R) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shakes hands with head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens during the Super Bowl XLVII Team Winning Coach and MVP Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 4, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Blah, blah, blah...(Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
A windsurfer competes at the Red Bull Storm Chase at Brandon Bay, Ireland. Six of the 10 competitors advanced to the second mission, successfully battling 20-foot waves and wind gusts up to 74 knots (85 miles per hour) -- that's the same wind speed as Superstorm Sandy. (Sebastian Marko/RED BULL/EPA)
Singer Jennifer Hudson performs "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus before the start of Super Bowl XLVII. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Austrian Michael Staufer falls off his bike during the Enduropale motorcycle endurance race in Le Touquet, France. About 1,000 motorbike and 500 quad bike racers compete in the beach race every year. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

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