Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday ACC Basketball: The Tar Heel Exacta

HARRIS (Lance King)
North Carolina won at Clemson while rival Duke lost at Virginia. The Cavs win over the #3 Blue Devils marked the nineteenth time this season an unranked team has defeated a top five opponent.

VIRGINIA 73, #3 DUKE 68 - Polishing their NCAA tournament resume, Virginia celebrated the 11-year anniversary of its last victory over a top 5 team by doing it again.

Oh, and Joe Harris scored a career-high 36 points. as Duke never led.

Akil Mitchell added 19 points and 12 rebounds as he and Harris outplayed Duke's top twosome of Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee, giving Virginia (20-8, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) its 16th consecutive victory at home. It came 11 years to the day since an 87-84 victory, also against No. 3 Duke.

Curry led Duke with 28 points, all but five coming after halftime, and Quinn Cook had 22, but the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-4) failed to slow down either Harris or Mitchell, whose dominating play kept a sellout crowd giddy all night. Plumlee finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three turnovers and several times looked up to see Mitchell dunking over him.

STRICKLAND (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
NORTH CAROLINA 68, CLEMSON 59 - It wasn’t as close as the score looks as poor end-game  free throw shooting allows the Tigers to close a big gap (17 points).

Dexter Strickland tied his season high with 16 points.

The Tar Heels (20-8, 10-5 ACC) won a season-high fourth straight in league play and took their 15th in the past 16 games with the Tigers (13-14, 5-10). Strickland led all five North Carolina starters in double figures. Reggie Bullock added 12 points and nine rebounds, while James Michael McAdoo and P.J. Hairston had 11 points each. Marcus Paige scored 10.

Devin Booker had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers, who lost their third straight and for the sixth time in the past seven games. Milton Jennings also had a double-double for Clemson with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Quote Of The Day

(Lance King/Getty Images)
"I guess you could say that.”

- Virginia junior guard Joe Harris when asked if his 36 point performance against Duke was his best ever.

Coach K Unhappy With Court Security

(Lance King/Getty Images)

Duke has lost four games this season and each time fans have stormed the court. Duke coach Mike Krzxybbkdfb3ski is getting a little tired of the lack of security, and, seriously, who can blame him?  Last January, Roy Williams tried to remove UNC from the court at Florida State for the players’ safety.

"When we've lost in the last 20 years, everybody rushes the court," Krzyzewski said, as quoted by The Associated Press, insisting he was raising a concern but not trying to take away from Virginia's victory. "Whatever you're doing, you need to get the team off first. Celebrate, have fun, obviously you won. That's cool, but just get our team off the court and our coaching staff before students come on."

"Look, do you know how close you are to -- just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches," Krzyzewski said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, 'Coach you're a [expletive],' or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection.

(Steve Helber/AP Photo)
"I'm always concerned about stuff like that, especially at this time of the year. What if that happened and we get a kid suspended? That becomes the national story. It's not all fun and games when people are rushing the court, especially for the team that lost. Again, congratulations to them, and they should have fun and burn benches and do all that stuff. I'm all for that. They have a great school, great kids, but get us off the court. That's the bottom line."

Pictures Of The Day

Duke's Ryan Kelly dressed out and warmed up with the team but did not play as Duke was upset 73-68 by the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va. Thursday Feb. 28, 2013. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is told to sit down by official Roger Ayers in the second half after a technical foul was called on Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Virginia guard Jontel Evans (1) celebrates with the crowd as Duke suffers it's fourth "floor rush" by fans when the Virginia Cavaliers upset them 73-68. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Gregor Deschwanden of Switzerland in action during the Men's Ski Jumping HS134 First Round at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on February 28, 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)
Nice pants. Graham DeLaet of Canada plays his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Honda Classic on February 28, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images North America)
 Dexter Strickland drives to the hoop for a dunk in the second half against Clemson. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Evan Nolte #11, Jontel Evans #1, Joe Harris #12, Justin Anderson #23 and Teven Jones #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate following their victory against the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Duke 73-68. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Rasheed Sulaimon #14 of the Duke Blue Devils goes to the hoop against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Akil Mitchell #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers goes up for a dunk against the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Duke 73-68. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Fans line up outside John Paul Jones Arena prior to a game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Cavaliers on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday ACC Basketball: Miami Clinches ACC Tourney Bye

(Miami Herald)
MIAMI 75, VIRGINIA TECH 58 - No. 5 Miami went 11 minutes without a basket Wednesday night, then finally shook a 10-day scoring slump and pulled away from Virginia Tech.

Shane Larkin had 22 points and six assists to lead the Hurricanes, who were coming off a loss at Wake Forest that ended their 14-game winning streak and their bid to go unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Despite a slow start, Miami (23-4, 14-1 ACC) never trailed and improved to 13-0 at home. The Hurricanes hold a 2 1/2-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC and can clinch their first conference basketball championship by beating the Blue Devils on Saturday.

Recap. Carl Juste/Miami Herald

N.C. STATE 82, BOSTON COLLEGE 64 - Freshman Rodney Purvis scored a season-high 21 points to lead North Carolina State past Boston College on Wednesday night.

Scott Wood added 17 points with five 3-pointers while Purvis scored six during the run of 10 straight points midway through the second half that helped the Wolfpack (20-8, 9-6 ACC) pull away.

Freshman T.J. Warren scored 13 points, Lorenzo Brown had 11 and C.J. Leslie finished with 10 in an encouraging bounce-back performance for N.C. State, which is a half-game behind fourth-place Virginia in the race for one of the four first-round byes in the ACC tournament.

Lonnie Jackson scored 16 points and Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson each had 12 for Boston College (12-16, 4-11).

(John Bazemore/AP Photo)
GEORGIA TECH 78, MARYLAND 68 - Robert Carter Jr. had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech beat Maryland on Wednesday night, extending the Terrapins' road struggles.

Carter, a freshman, posted his fourth double-double of the season and Brandon Reed had 17 points for Georgia Tech (15-12, 5-10 ACC). Daniel Miller had 16 points and nine rebounds while making each of his 12 free throws.

The loss left Maryland 1-6 in road ACC games. Maryland (19-9, 7-8) is 15-2 at home, but its latest road loss was a damaging blow to its NCAA tournament hopes.

Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points. Alex Len had 13 points and nine rebounds. Seth Allen had 12 points.


Video Of The Day Or Reason #2,698 Why It’s Good To Be A College Student

Quote Of The Day

(Petty Motorsports)

"I think bringing back Petty Blue makes everything easier for everyone. It's easier for the fans to find the car on the racetrack. It's easier on Smithfield and all our sponsors to stand out. It's easier on the guys who paint up the cars. And it's easier for me because now I can wear all my Petty Blue stuff again. I got a house full of it."

- Richard Petty on bringing Petty Blue back to NASCAR.

Pop Culture: ACC Coaches Tweeting

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has joined the Twitter Universe and posted this photo to prove it.  He is the eighth ACC football coach to have an active Twitter account.

BC = Steve Addazio @BCCoachAddazio 
Duke = David Cutcliffe @DavidCutcliffe 
NCSU = Dave Doeren @StateCoachD 
MD = Randy Edsall @RandyEdsall 

UNC = Larry Fedora @CoachFedora 
UM = Al Golden @GoldenAl 
GT = Paul Johnson @GTPaul Johnson  
UVA = Mike London @CoachMikeLondon

That leaves Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia  Tech and Clemson out of the Twitter loop.

ACC Football Links (The Season Starts In Less Than Six Months)

By Heather Dinich |

NCAA alleges Shaprio handed out $170,000.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson doesn't think the league was fair to the Jackets in its schedule.

Virginia Tech's request for no Thursday night games was granted.

Andy Bitter gives his take on the Coastal Division schedules.

James Coley got a recruit to flip from FSU to Miami.

Here's a breakdown of Georgia Tech heading into spring ball.

Syracuse is ready to start construction on its $17 million indoor facility.

Duke has officially completed its coaching staff.

Maryland's quarterbacks will have no controversy -- and no contact -- this spring.

UVa is going to announce a home-and-home series with Boise State, according to Jerry Ratcliffe.

Florida State will open spring practices with six new coaches. Get caught up on the Noles'revolving door.

FSU's Marvin Bracy and Georgia Tech's Broderick Snoddy are showcasing their track speed.

Former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel has had an impressive combine so far .

Former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg clocked the second-fastest time by a tight endat the NFL combine.

Former N.C. State cornerback David Amerson is trying to prove that getting burned by receivers last year was just a fluke.

Former USF assistant Larry Scott has been hired as Miami's tight ends coach.

Andy Bitter has been giving updates on how some former Hokies are doing at the NFL combine.

Here's a look at how some former Syracuse players fared in Indy.

Winning a Super Bowl is nice and everything, but Ray Lewis is more excited to follow his son's career.

Pictures Of The Day

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Marlboro Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP Tests in Sepang - Day Two at Sepang Circuit on February 27, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images AsiaPac)
N.C. State's Rodney Purvis (0) drives to the basket for an easy two during the second half in last night’s game in Raleigh against Boston College. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
England captain Alastair Cook opens the batting in the first over during the International tour match between New Zealand XI and England at Queenstown Events Centre on February 27, 2013 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Luke Pomersbach of the Bulls plays a shot during the Ryobi One Day Cup final match between the Victorian Bushrangers and the Queensland Bulls at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals warm up prior to the game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field on February 27, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
Infielder Pedro Okuda #44 of Brazil in action with Yuki Miyazaki of Orix Buffaloes in the bottom half of the third inning during the friendly game between Orix Buffaloes and Brazil at Kyocera Dome Osaka on February 26, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. (Koji Watanabe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball

(Phil Sears/USA Today)
FLORIDA STATE 76, WAKE FOREST 62 - Seventeen days after a lopsided loss at Wake Forest, the Florida State men's basketball team returned the favor Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

In a 76-62 win over the Demon Deacons (12-15, 5-10 ACC), FSU (15-13, 7-8) looked nothing like the team that dropped a 71-46 game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Feb. 9.

The 'Noles lost that game earlier this month because they couldn't rebound, couldn't consistently defend and couldn't hit their shots. This time around, that trio of negatives turned into a trio of positives.

After experiencing a minus-20 rebound margin in the loss, FSU grabbed 44 boards compared to Wake Forest's 21in the rematch. Just eight combined blocks and steals on the road last time; 16 combined blocks and steals at home this time. A 32.6-percent shooting clip didn't help in the first meeting; 48.9 percent shooting got the job done in the second matchup.

Coach K Won’t Return To USA Basketball

I'M OUT. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will not return to coach USA Basketball after the Blue Devils' season.
In an interview with ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning", Krzyzewski said USA Basketball will likely name his successor this summer in preparation for the 2014 world championships in Madrid.

"I've loved, loved, loved, and it's been an honor being with the USA Basketball team," Krzyzewski said. "And to coach the team and work with [chairman and president Jerry Colangelo] for seven years has been marvelous.

"And we're in a good spot," Krzyzewski added. "We need to keep building."

Krzyzewski was hired by Colangelo in the wake of the team's disappointing sixth-place finish at the 2002 world championships in Indianapolis and a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
Under Krzyzewski, Team USA beat Spain in consecutive Olympic finals, in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. His U.S. team won the 2010 world championship in Turkey without a single Olympian on the roster.

Video Of The Day

Don’t look now, but Alabama just offered an 8th grader Dylan Moses (6’1”, 215) a scholarship. That’s insane, but then again, LSU offered him one last year.

C’mon ACC keep up.

More here. 

ACC Blast From The Past


Defensive great Wayne "Tree" Rollins out of Clemson got his nickname from his large stature. At 7-1, Rollins was a defensive nightmare for most of his opponents. 

With stellar rebounding and shot-blocking abilities, the center might as well have been a tree on the court -- little could get past him. 

Pop Culture: Who Knew Duck Dynasty’s Robertson Was A College QB?


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Pictures Of The Day

Corey Brown #10 of the Washington Nationals at bat as John Buck #44 of the New York Mets looks on at Tradition Field on February 25, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during day one of MotoGP Tests at Sepang Circuit on February 26, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where We Stand

ACC Players Of The Week

HARRIS (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris has been selected ACC Player of the Week, while Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon has been named the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Harris scored 23 points to lead Wake Forest to an 80-65 upset of No. 2-ranked Miami on Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ only action last week. The Winston-Salem, N.C., senior was 7-of-13 from the field, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Harris hit all five of his 3-pointers in the first half, scoring 15 points in the period, as Wake Forest built a 19-point advantage. His fast break dunk with 11:37 left in the game sparked a decisive 12-0 Deacon run that turned a five-point lead into 17.

Harris has scored in double figures 10 games in a row and ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring (15.1). Harris also leads the league in free throw percentage (.848).

Sulaimon averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in leading Duke to ACC wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College. On the week, the freshman guard from Houston, Texas, was 17-of-26 (.654) from the field, including 6-of-9 (.667) from 3-point range. Sulaimon opened the week with 17 points, five rebounds and two steals in a road win over the Hokies.

On Sunday, Sulaimon scored a career-high 27 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. He went 10-of-15 from the field including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Quote Of The Day

Steve Wojciechowski and Kelly. (Lance King/Getty Images)

“My foot is feeling good, and as this week progresses I think I can become more and more a part of practice. Obviously I want to be ready for the (NCAA) Tournament, that's the biggest thing, but it would certainly be very nice as well to get out there for my senior night.”

- Injured Duke forward Ryan Kelly.

Duke Back Up To #3, Miami Slips Down To #5

ACC Football Schedule Looks Good (Or Bad, Depending On Your Perspective)

ESPN: A nationally televised Labor Day matchup between defending ACC champion Florida State and league newcomer Pittsburgh will kick off what is the largest -- and arguably the most difficult -- schedule in ACC history.

The ACC schedule, which was released on Monday, includes Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which will both officially join the league on July 1, but the national spotlight will focus on the league's heavyweight nonconference lineup.

ACC teams will play nine games against nonconference teams that finished 2012 ranked in the final Associated Press top 10. No other BCS conference will play more than four nonconference games against 2012 top 10 opponents.

Virginia Tech will face defending national champion Alabama, Virginia will play No. 2 Oregon, both Georgia Tech and Clemson will face No. 3 Georgia, Pitt will play No. 4 Notre Dame and both Clemson and North Carolina will play No. 7 South Carolina.

Both Miami and FSU will also face No. 9 Florida.

Nine games are also against teams included by ESPN in its early top 10 for the 2013 season.

To read more, click here

Holy Cow, Randy Edsall Makes Sense

(Washington Post)

In late January, the Suites From Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) approved some rule revisions designed to ease restrictions on recruiting. This was generally seen as progress by a kindler gentler NCAA.

That said, when NCAA football coaches analyzed the new rules they weren’t happy and count Maryland’s Randy Edsall among those seeking to have the new rules overridden for football.  At issue are recruiting coordinators, no restrictions on printed material materials (media guides, etc.) and unlimited communication. 

The gripe is what works for one sport, may not work for football, and it Edsall’s comments make plenty of sense.

“I hate them. I think they were voted in without a lot of insight into what was going on. I know we’re going to try to get them all overridden, so they won’t go into effect. When I was at the Big Ten meetings, all the football coaches were unanimous in that position to work with their presidents and ADs to get them overridden. The same thing when I was on an ACC conference call last week...”

“The one where it says, having someone else doing the recruiting coordination, they’re going to turn this into a pro scouting at the college level, where people are going to hire a director of player personnel, they’re going to hire four or five guys to watch film from every region of the country, then they’re going to have interns come in and do work for them. They’re turning it into a pro scouting department at the college level.”

“Then the one with unlimited calls to kids who are juniors...I’ve got nine full-time coaches. And if that rule goes into effect, they’re going to have to call between 10 and 20 senior prospects every week. Well, then they’re going to be recruiting 25 to probably 35 junior prospects. Well now, they’re going to have to call all those juniors, because if you don’t, then you’re not showing them the love and they’ll get all upset. Now, I’m going to have coaches who will have to call anywhere from 35 to 50 kids during the week while we’re trying to game plan, coach our own players. And then, if each coach wants me to talk to, say, 10 of their guys that week, I’ve got 90 kids I have to talk to.”

“If they don’t override it and it goes into effect, it’ll be the wild, wild West. And then being able to do whatever you want with media guides and printed materials and everything else? There’s only a handful of schools that have all that money that would benefit. I would think that a couple of those, at least there were three major ones that we were looking at, would all get overridden and not go into effect.”

Pictures Of The Day

Mike Glennon of North Carolina State works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
Giovani Bernard of North Carolina gets ready to run the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
Hey look, it’s the King (with Aric Almirola). (Terry Renna/AP Photo)
Fans show their support during the Noosa Heads round of the 2012-13 Telstra Ironwoman Series on February 24, 2013 in Noosa, Australia. (Matt Roberts/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Bottoms up. L.A. Lakers’ guard Steve Blake (Maryland) disappears behind the bench in pursuit of a losse ball.  (Danny Moloshok/AP Photos)
This photo released Sunday by the Dubai Tennis Championships shows Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic posing with a hawksbill sea turtle under rehabilitation at the Burj al-Arab facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The athlete is in town ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championship, aiming to recapture the title he held from 2009-2011.(AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend ACC Basketball

(AP Photo)
#6 DUKE 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 68 - Young players don't often play well at Cameron Indoor Stadium - unless they're wearing Duke uniforms.

Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 27 points and fellow freshman Amile Jefferson added a personal-best 14 to lead Duke past Boston College 89-68 on Sunday.

Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3), who shot nearly 54 percent - 62 percent during the first half - and outscored one of the ACC's youngest teams 48-17 during the 15 1/2 minute span that put this one out of reach by halftime.

VIRGINIA 82, GEORGIA TECH 54 - Akil Mitchell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 15 and Jontel Evans had eight assists as Virginia shook off a tough loss to Miami Tuesday with an 82-54 win over Georgia Tech Sunday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC) with 12 points. Daniel Miller added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

A Robert Carter Jr. 3-pointer cut Virginia's lead to 45-40, but the Cavaliers (19-8, 9-5) responded with a 16-1 run over the next 4-plus minutes to take a 61-41 lead.

Evans had two drives to the hoop during the surge and freshman Taylor Barnette capped it with back-to-back 3-pointers.

In the first half, Virginia shot 53 percent from the field (16 of 30), but allowed Georgia Tech to shoot 54 percent (13 of 24). The difference was the Yellow Jackets' 10 turnovers. The Cavaliers had only two. 

(AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Daniel Lin)
VIRGINIA TECH 80, FLORIDA STATE 70 - Virginia Tech got 26 points from star guard Erick Green and some stellar free-throw shooting down the stretch to knock off the Seminoles 80-70 in an ACC game played Sunday evening at Cassell Coliseum.

The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Hokies, who moved to 12-15, 3-11 in the ACC. Florida State, which had a two-game winning streak against Tech, fell to 14-13 overall, 6-8 in league play.

WAKE FOREST 80, #2 MIAMI - C.J. Harris scored 23 points to lead Wake Forest to an 80-65 upset of No. 2-ranked Miami on Saturday afternoon at the Joel Coliseum. The Demon Deacons handed the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season, snapping Miami's 14-game winning streak.

Harris went 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half, as Wake Forest (12-14, 5-9 ACC) built a 19-point lead in the period.

Miami (22-4, 13-1 ACC) fought back to within five in the second half, but the Deacons used a 12-0 run midway through the period to reclaim control. Harris sparked the run with a fastbreak dunk, and Madison Jones scored five points to lead the stretch.

Recap.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

NORTH CAROLINA 76, N.C. STATE 65 -  Reggie Bullock had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 76-65 on Saturday.

Freshman point guard Marcus Paige added 14 points and eight assists for the Tar Heels (19-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won three straight games to build momentum and climb the league standings.

North Carolina went ahead for good with an 18-2 run in the second half while holding the Wolfpack to a single basket during a nearly 5-minute stretch.

James Michael McAdoo also scored 14 for UNC, while P.J. Hairston added 12. The Tar Heels also scored 24 points off 17 turnovers to offset the Wolfpack's size advantage.

 (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)
MARYLAND 72, CLEMSON 59 - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has implored sophomore Nick Faust to do a better job stepping into his shot as opposed to being too loose with his technique.
Faust took the advice and had a season-high 18 points and Maryland won its fourth consecutive game over Clemson, 72-59 on Saturday.

Freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Terrapins (19-8, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are 16-2 at home.

"Nick has put a lot of time into his jumper," Turgeon said. "I thought his floor game was good. He got us into our offense. I thought he defended better. I am on Nick all the time to be an elite defender and take on a challenge."

Pictures Of The Day

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Larson (32) goes up into the fence after being involved in a crash on the final lap during the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. (Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)
Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
The Tar Heels bench erupts after N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown (2) was forced to call a time out after being trapped by Marcus Paige. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer) 
A general view of the tip off between the Boston College Eagles and the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Jimmy Johnson wins the Daytona 500. (Getty Photos/
Eddie Odio #4 of the Boston College Eagles drives to the basket against Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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