Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball

VIRGINIA @ NORTH CAROLINA, 12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 91, SIRIUS 91) - Virginia’s Joe Harris has made at least one 3-point field goal in 14 straight games and is bidding to become the first Cavalier since Todd Billet (.418) in 2002-03 to lead the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.484). UNC’s P.J. Hairston has made at least one 3-point field goal in an ACC-best 21 straight games.

BOSTON COLLEGE @ FLORIDA STATE, 12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190, SIRIUS 136) - Boston College’s Ryan Anderson has scored 10 or more points in 15 straight games and ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring (15.9), fourth in rebounds (8.5) and seventh in field goal percentage (.490). For reasons we don’t fully understand FSU continues to suck. 

GEORGIA TECH @ WAKE FOREST, 2:00 PM, TV: RSN/ESPN3 (XM 85, SIRIUS 85)  - Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller leads all active ACC players with 191 career blocked shots ... the 6-11 junior has blocked at  least one shot in 76 of his 85 career games played.

VIRGINIA TECH @ N.C. STATE, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN (XM 191, SIRIUS 123) - N.C. State‘s Lorenzo Brown is two assists shy of 500 for his career. Brown currently leads the ACC in assists per game (6.7).

DUKE @ MARYLAND, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN/WatchESPN (XM 91, SIRIUS 91) - Maryland’s Logan Aronhalt has at least one 3-point field goal in  20 of his 24 games and has made 39-of-82 (.476) behind the arc. He needs to make a bunch today if the Terps are going to make a run at the NCAA tournament. 

SUNDAY, Feb 17
MIAMI @ CLEMSON, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN (XM 190, SIRIUS 93) - Over his last five games, Miami’s Shane Larkin is averaging 17.6 points, 5.2 assists and is shooting .611 (33x54) from the floor and .533 (16x30) from behind arc.

Big Macs Headed To ACC

McDonald’s All-Americans
Anthony Barber, G, 6-2, Hampton VA, N.C. State

Isaiah Hicks, F, 6-8, J.F. Webb/Oxford, NC, North Carolina 

Kennedy Meeks, C, 6-9, West Charlotte, NC, North Carolina

Matt Jones, G, 6-4, DeSoto, TX, Duke

Jabari Parker, F, 6-8, Simeon Career Academy, Chicago, IL, Duke

Kentucky topped the list with 5 recruits.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

 (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

CLEMSON 56, GEORGIA TECH 53 - Clemson earned its first ACC road win of the 2012-13 season and defeated Georgia Tech for the seventh straight time in the series on Thursday at McCamish Pavilion, with a hard-fought triumph over the Yellow Jackets. 

Clemson improved to 13-11 with the win, 5-7 in the ACC. The Jackets fell to 13-10 overall, 3-8 in league play.

The Tigers swept the regular season series for a third straight year, the first time that has happened since the 1979-82 era. The seven straight wins are the most by Clemson over an ACC opponent since an 11-game streak over Virginia from 1959-65.

Clemson's top three leading scorers all reached double figures against Tech, led by K.J. McDaniels with 14 points. Devin Booker added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Milton Jennings tacked on 12 of his own. The Tigers shot 62 percent in the second half and finished the game 5-for-12 (.417) from three-point range.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rivalry Week: Miami and Duke Hold Off In-State Foes

PLUMLEE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#2 DUKE 73, NORTH CAROLINA 68 - It wasn’t a classic, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort as Cameron, poor shot selection and awful free-throw shooting doomed the visiting Tar Heels agains the steady Blue Devils.

UNC had no answer for Mason Plumlee who led #2 Duke with 18 points.

Quinn Cook scored anther 18 and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 ACC)

The Blue Devils shot 44 percent - 52 percent after halftime - and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball's fiercest rivalry.  During that same period Carolina was throwing rocks - 34.3% and just 2-11 from behind the arc.

P.J. Hairston scored 23 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four 3-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second straight.

The Tar Heels were 13 of 23 from the free-throw line and missed 7 of 10 during a critical late stretch while falling to 1-4 this season against ranked opponents.

BOSTON COLLEGE 66, WAKE FOREST 63 - B.C. may have channelled the confidence they gained by almost knocking off Duke right at the visiting Demon Deacons. 

Freshman Joe Rahon recorded 12 points and nine rebounds, and hit the go-ahead free throws with 7.6 seconds left to push Boston College past Wake Forest in Conte Forum on Tuesday night.

With the Eagles trailing 63-62, BC got the ball to Rahon who drew contact on his way to the basket. He made both of his free throws to put BC up, 64-63. After the defense forced a Wake Forest turnover, sophomore Lonnie Jackson knocked down two more with 2.5 seconds left to seal the win.

Rahon was one rebound shy of his first collegiate double-double and also had four assists. Sophomore Patrick Heckmann recorded 14 points, four steals and three assists and classmate Ryan Anderson scored 12 points.

LARKIN (Steve Cannon/AP Photo)
#4 MIAMI 74, FLORIDA STATE 68 - It wasn’t pretty, but the Hurricanes undefeated march through the ACC regular season continued as Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1-2 minutes to help Miami stave off the Seminoles.  It was Miami’s 12th straight win.

Reggie Johnson added 15 points for the Canes (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.

North Carolina was the last team to start its ACC schedule at 11-0 a dozen years ago. The Tar Heels, however, faded down the stretch of the 2000-01 season and finished with a 13-3 league mark while archrival Duke led by Shane Battier went on to win the national championship.

Recap.  Steve Cannon

UNC Students Steal Duke Mascot’s Head

The head of Duke's Blue Devil mascot was stolen and placed on a pole – Game of Thrones style – above a University of North Carolina campus store prior to the teams' Wednesday night showdown in Durham - the latest prank in a long-running battle between the Tobacco Road rivals.

Mark Armstrong of WTVS in Raleigh/Durham says Duke confirmed one of its mascot heads is gone but the school has a spare.  

Last year, Duke students dressed Chapel Hill's famous "Silent Sam" statue in a variety of Blue Devils gear. His head, mercifully, remained intact.

Pictures Of The Day

Reggie Bullock #35 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a play with the bench during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
This one kind of says it all...It was Coach K’s 66th birthday, and according to this group UNC should not go to heaven. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
James Michael McAdoo #43 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
UNC vs. Duke University men's basketball game at Woollen Gymnasium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. The photo appeared in the 11 February 1942 issue of The Daily Tar Heel. Duke won the game 52-40. (Hugh Morton/ Photo)
Fans prepare for the North Carolina Tar Heels versus Duke Blue Devils game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ESPN's Bubble Watch

Rivalry Week Underway: Hoos Sweep Hokies

(Steve Helber/AP Photos)
VIRGINIA 73, VIRGINIA TECH 55 - Joe Harris scored a career-high 26 points and Virginia held national scoring leader Erick Green without a field goal into the second half and swept the season series with Virginia Tech Tuesday night.

Harris matched his career high with five three-pointers, all in the first half, and Akil Mitchell added 17 points for the Cavaliers (18-6, 8-3 ACC), who won their third game in a row.

Green, who came in averaging 25.3 points, missed his first nine field goal tries and had just one point at halftime as the Hokies (11-13, 2-9) lost their seventh in a row. He made his first field goal, a three-pointer, with 16:26 to play and finished with 22 points, but on just 4-for-17 shooting.
He scored 35 points in the teams' first meeting, a 74-58 Virginia victory on Jan. 24.

Rivalry Week: Curry Brothers Pass Hansbroughs Or Who Even Knew Larry Bird Had A Brother?

STEPHEN CURRY (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
While Duke needed a 6-0 end-game run and another ACC sanctioned "no call" to slide past Boston College on Sunday night, lost in the outcome of the game was the record set when Seth Curry hit shot three minutes into the second half.

The shot moved him and his brother, Stephen Curry, into first place, as the highest-scoring pair of brothers in the history of college basketball. Stephen scored 2,635 points in his three-year career at Davidson, while Seth now has 1,858 points in his career at Liberty and Duke.

Combined, they now have 4,493 total points, putting them eight in front of Tyler and Ben Hansbrough, who finished with 4,485 career points.

Here's the rest of the top five:
  • Seth (Liberty, Duke) and Stephen Curry (Davidson): 4,493 points
  • Tyler (North Carolina) and Ben (Mississippi State, Notre Dame) Hansbrough: 4,485 points
  • Larry (Indiana State) and Eddie (Indiana State) Bird: 4,405 points
  • Chuck (Auburn) and Wesley (Auburn) Person: 4,377 points
  • Greg (Utah State) and Josh (Utah State) Grant: 4,124 points

"It's a weird little record -- but it's neat when you can do something that involves your family,'' Seth Curry told ESPN last week prior to setting the record.

Plus, he added, grinning: "It's always good to pass a Carolina guy in anything. So it's fun."

Not a a great omen for Tar Heels as they get ready to visit Durham on Wednesday.

ACC Players Of The Week

PLUMLEE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke's Mason Plumlee has been named the ACC Player of the Week, and Virginia's Justin Anderson has been selected the conference's Rookie of the Week.

In earning his second player of the week award this season, Plumlee averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks while leading fourth-ranked Duke to wins over NC State and Boston College. The Warsaw, Ind., native was 15-of-22 (.682) from the field and 19-of-26 (.731) from the free throw line in the two games.

Plumlee opened the week with a 30-point, nine-rebound, two-assist and two-block effort in a 98-85 win over NC State Thursday. In Sunday's 62-61 come from behind win at Boston College, Plumlee turned in his 13th double-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds) and made several key plays at the end of the game, including a blocked shot, a rebound and the game-winning free throw with 24 seconds remaining.

Anderson averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals as Virginia claimed a pair of key ACC wins over Clemson and Maryland. The Montross, Va., freshman was 6-of-9 from the floor and had three steals, one blocked shot and two assists in Thursday's 78-41 win over Clemson. Three days later, Anderson tallied a career-high 17 points and tied a career-best with nine rebounds in Sunday's 80-69 road win at Maryland.

Anderson has scored in double figures in five of the last six games and over that span is averaging 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and is shooting 25-of-49 (.510) from the floor and 16-of-18 (.889) from the free throw line.

Pictures Of The Day

Handler Ernesto Lara poses for photographers with Banana Joe, an affenpinscher who won best in show during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. (AP)
And, the crowd goes WILD. Dog lovers do the wave at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12, 2013 in New York City. A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties competed in the event, hailed by organizers as the second oldest sporting competition in America, after the Kentucky Derby. (John Moore/Getty Images North America)
Rival teams the 'Up'ards and Down'ards' battle for the ball in the annual Shrove Tuesday 'no rules' football match on March 12, 2013, in Ashbourne, England. First played in the 17th Century between teams from opposite ends of the Derbyshire town, hundreds of participants aim to get a ball into one of two goals that are positioned three miles apart at either end of Ashboune. The game can last until 10 PM. If a goal is scored before 6 PM, then a new ball is 'turned up' again and a new game started. If the goal is after 6 PM then the game ends for that day and continues into the next day - known as Ash Wednesday..(Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe)

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade applaud the Hurricanes' win over North Carolina. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Down goes wrestling...hard. Yesterday, the IOC voted to discontinue the oldest Olympic sport starting in 2020.  Here is a general view of the action from the Greco-Roman Wrestling Pool Elimination at the Exhibition Halls in Darling Harbour on Day Nine of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. (Clive Brunskill /Allsport/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Duke, Miami Move Up In Polls

The Hurricanes are the new media darling as they march through their ACC schedule with a current 10-0 record.  Analyst are making a case for them to be a #1 seed in the tournament as well. Duke made it back to the top in one poll and just behind Indiana in the other...

Another ‘No Call’ Determines Outcome Of Game

END GAME SCRUM (Mary Schwalm/AP Photo)

Three ACC officials were rushed to Boston General last night after swallowing their whistles in the final moments of Boston College’s game against #4 Duke.

“Mff dmmf ffmafm mff mwf muppsffed mf df,” said Jim Burr as headed out the door with a string hanging out of his mouth. An ACC representative later told T.A.H., “He said “I did what I was supposed to do.”*

With Duke up one point 62-61 and Boston College having the final possession, Eagle freshmen Oliver Hanlan missed a short jumper and teamate Ryan Anderson grabbed the rebound. But before Anderson could shoot a potential game winner, Duke sophomore Quinn Cook pushed one BC player out of the way (with both hands) and executed a perfect slide tackle on Ryan.  Cook celebrated his play, and Duke’s narrow escape, by running around the court holding up his index finger. 

Interestingly, the game announcers on ESPNU noted the scrum and then correctly noted that BC would never get that call.  They then used those two ridiculous words to describe the play - “no call.”  It would appear that Cook’s play was not intentional and that his momentum carried him into Anderson.  That said, it would have been whistled a foul at any other point in the game.

So congrats to the ACC.  You managed to effectively enforce the rules for 39 minutes and 55 seconds, but when the outcome of the game was in the balance, you followed tradition and let the “players decide the outcome.”  Unfortunately, yet again, the player that broke the rules decided that outcome.

(Mary Schwalm/AP Photo)
The Associated Press described the incident with no mention of Cook, saying “Anderson grabbed the rebound but lost control as he fell to the floor...”  Coaches, players and (in most cases) fans don’t complain about this because they will be called sore losers or cry babies and they have all grown-up with this situation and have simply accepted it.

“It is what it is”  seems to be the general lament.  What “it is” is wrong, not to mention stupid and unfair and an absurd tradition.  Be consistent, it’s that simple. It if it’s a foul one second into a game it should be a foul with one second left in the game.  

We assume that this morning, the ACC is congratulating itself for “getting it right” and letting the “players decide the outcome.”  Lost in this ridiculous “tradition,” for lack of a better word, is the simple fact that the players who break the rules in end-game situations have a clear advantage when the officials click on the mute button. 

*Items in italics may not be true.

Sunday ACC Basketball Recaps

THE GAME WINNER (Mary Schwalm/AP Photo)
#4 DUKE 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 61 - Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski watched as all three teams ahead of the Blue Devils in The Associated Press Top 25 lost this week. Then he came to Chestnut Hill and nearly joined them.

"Nothing about today was easy," Krzyzewski said Sunday night after No. 4 Duke overcame early and late deficits to beat Boston College. "These are games anybody can lose, and throughout the country everybody is losing them. Our guys found a way to win against a team that was also deserving to win, so that's a real good thing."

Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to lead Duke (21-2, 8-2 ACC) to its fifth consecutive win. Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils.  


NOT THE GAME WINNER (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 80, MARYLAND 69 - Joe Harris scored 22 points, Justin Anderson added a career-high 17 and Virginia beat Maryland Sunday to solidify its hold on third place in the ACC.

The Cavaliers (17-6, 7-3) never trailed after halftime in their fourth straight win over the Terrapins (17-7, 5-6). Virginia improved to 3-4 on the road, 2-3 in the ACC.

The victory gave the Cavaliers a one-game lead over idle North Carolina and got them within a half-game of Duke, which faced Boston College on Sunday night.

Despite committing 16 turnovers, the Cavaliers shot 58 percent from beyond the arc (11 for 19) and finished with a 34-29 rebounding advantage. Virginia has won three in a row at Maryland for the first time since 1991-93. 

Dez Wells scored 13 for the Terrapins, who fell to 14-2 at home. Center Alex Len, who was double-teamed almost every time he touched the ball, had nine points and seven rebounds.


THE GAME WINNER (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock)
N.C. STATE 58, CLEMSON 57 - Scott Wood hit a 3-pointer with one second to go to lift North Carolina State to a win over Clemson on Sunday.

Lorenzo Brown, returning after missing two games with an injured ankle, drove to the hoop before passing to Wood on the winning basket for the Wolfpack (17-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The Wolfpack set up the winning play after a timeout with 7.5 seconds to go.

Brown also hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to cut Clemson's lead to two. The Tigers (12-11, 4-7) led for most of the game, but Milton Jennings missed the front end of a 1-in-1 with 12.3 seconds left.

Richard Howell led N.C. State with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while C.J. Leslie added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack.


Where We Stand

Pop Culture: Caption This Photo Anyway You Like

(Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Clyde “The Glide” Frazier and Penny Marshall.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday ACC Basketball Recaps

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald/AP Photo)

#8MIAMI 87, NORTH CAROLINA 61 - The Miami Hurricanes played so well Saturday they earned a standing ovation from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

With the Heat stars watching from the front row, the eighth-ranked Hurricanes put on another show at home, making a school record-tying 15 3-pointers and extending their winning streak to 11 games by beating North Carolina.

Sophomore Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders, who built margins of 9-0 and 44-27 en route to another rout. They improved to 11-0 at home, where each of the past four wins have been by at least 22 points.

Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games still to go. They are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.

WAKE FOREST 71, FLORIDA STATE 46 - Four Demon Deacons scored in double figures, and Wake Forest dominated Florida State inside to post a win over the Seminoles on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

A balanced scoring attack led the Deacons (11-12, 4-7 ACC) to victory. Travis McKie scored 15 points to lead all players. He was joined in double figures by C.J. Harris (14), Codi Miller-McIntyre (14) and Chase Fischer (10). 

 The Demon Deacons owned the paint, outrebounding the Seminoles 45-25 and outscoring the `Noles 32-16 inside on the offensive end.

C.J.Harris Chuck Burton

GEORGIA TECH 64, VIRGINIA TECH 54 - Kammeon Holsey scored all 13 points of his points in the first half to lift Georgia Tech to a victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt added 13 for the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 3-7 ACC), who won a road game for the first time this season and won in Blacksburg for the first time.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets opened a 22-point lead against the cold-shooting Hokies, who missed 12 of their first 13 shots and 20 of their first 23. Georgia Tech led 37-18 at halftime.

Virginia Tech (11-12, 2-8), which lost for the sixth straight time, cut the lead to 60-52 on a runner by Erick Green with 31.6 seconds left, but the Hokies got no closer.

Pictures Of The Day

Former Virginia Cavalier Roger Mason Jr. has been in the NBA for 8 seasons.  He has played for Chicago, Toronto, Washington (twice), San Antonio, New York and now New Orleans.  For his career, he has averaged 6.6 points per game with 1.4 assists.  His longevity is a bit of surprise as he was not a dominant player in college. He was named thrid-team All ACC one year and he still holds UVA’s free throw percentage at 86% - that’s third overall in the ACC.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

College Gameday went to South Bend and the guys were rewarded with a five overtime game that saw #25 Notre Dame defeat #11 Louisville 104-101 in five overtimes.  Here, Dick Vitale, and former Notre Dame coach Richard "Digger" Phelps talk on the set of College Gameday prior to the game. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

An Ireland fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe)

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