Saturday, March 9, 2013

ACC Basketball Regular Season Ends

Saturday, March 9


CLEMSON @ #6 MIAMI, 2:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (SIRIUS 91, XM 91)

#3 DUKE @ NORTH CAROLINA, 9:00 PM, TV: ESPN/WatchESPN (SIRIUS 85, 91, XM 85, 91)

Sunday, March 10



UNC’s McAdoo Playing With Injured Back

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ESPN: North Carolina sophomore James Michael McAdoo is playing through a bulging disk in his back but says he'll be ready for Saturday's rivalry game with No. 3 Duke.

Coach Roy Williams says McAdoo didn't participate in a light shootaround Thursday after aggravating his back during a win at Maryland on Wednesday night. McAdoo has been battling back pain for several weeks.

The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds to lead the Tar Heels in both categories.

Pictures Of The Day

Klara Spilkova of Czech Republic reacts to her putt on the 14th green during day two of the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills' Blackstone Course on March 8, 2013 in Hainan Island, China. (Victor Fraile/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Falcons forward Scott MacLeod (r) wins a lineout ball during the RFU Championship match between Newcastle Falcons and Bedford Blues at Kingston Park on March 8, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Stu Forster/Getty Images Europe)
Chris Bosh (by way of Wake Forest) of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Thaddeus Young #21 and Spencer Hawes #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers on March 8, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The Heat won their 17th straight game.  (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche pauses for a photo from a young fan during warm ups against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center on March 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Blackhawks and ended their 25 game streak of earning a point - whatever that means. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday Night ACC Basketball: Michael Snaer Does It Again

SNAER (Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat)
FLORIDA STATE 53, VIRGINIA 51 - The Wahoos hopes for making the Big Dance took a turn straight on to the the milk carton when Michael Snaer's left-handed runner in heavy traffic with four seconds left lifted Florida State to a win over Virginia on Thursday night.

The Cavs had fought back from an 11-point deficit to take the lead in the game's final seconds.

It was the fourth game-winning shot by Snaer in ACC play this season and his sixth over the past two years.

Okaro White led the Seminoles (16-14, 8-9 ACC) with 17 points, and Snaer finished with 14.

Akil Mitchell led Virginia (20-10, 10-7) with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, but missed a layup with 21 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 51-50.


Check Out The Big Brain On Duke

SMARTY-PANTS PLUMLEE (Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
A pair of three-time All-ACC Academic team selections, Duke’s Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, headline the 2012-13 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team, as announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Plumlee was recently named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and became only the fourth player in Duke history to accomplish that feat in back-to-back seasons. The Warsaw, Ind., senior currently ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.0), second in rebounds (10.2) and field goal percentage (.585).

Duke led all schools with four selections, while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech had two each. Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest were each represented by one player.

Missing in action: Florida State, N.C. State and Virginia.

2013 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team
Raphael Akpejiori, Jr., MIAMI, Lagos, Nigeria, Mechanical Engineering
Christian Beyer, So., VIRGINIA TECH, New Bern, N.C., Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Chris Bolden, Fr., GEORGIA TECH, Suwanee, Ga., Business Administration
Tyler Cavanaugh, Fr., WAKE FOREST, Dewitt, N.Y., Undeclared
Jarell Eddie, Jr., VIRGINIA TECH, Charlotte, N.C., Psychology
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Fr., GEORGIA TECH, College Park, Ga., Business Administration
Amile Jefferson, Fr., DUKE, Philadelphia, Pa., Undeclared
Ryan Kelly, Sr., DUKE, Raleigh, N.C., Public Policy Studies
Logan Aronhalt, Gr., MARYLAND, Zanesville, Ohio, Kinesiology
Marcus Paige, Fr., NORTH CAROLINA, Marion, Iowa, Undeclared
Mason Plumlee, Sr., DUKE, Warsaw, Ind., Psychology
Joe Rahon, Fr., BOSTON COLLEGE, San Diego, Calif., Undeclared
Jordan Roper, Fr., CLEMSON, Columbia, S.C., Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt.
Rasheed Sulaimon, Fr., DUKE, Houston, Texas, Undeclared

ACC Coaches and Athletic Directors: It’s Good Work If You Can Get It

Here is the complete list of AD and football head coaches' salaries in the ACC, thanks to USA Today. Some seem high, others seem low...

Tom Jurich, Louisville: $1.4 million*
Kevin White, Duke, $906,536
Dan Radakovich, Clemson: $725,000
Ron Wellman, Wake Forest: $688,000
Mike Bobinski, Georgia Tech: $625,000
Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech: $621,529
Steve Pederson, Pitt: $596,595
Craig Littlepage, Virginia: $586,750
Daryl Gross, Syracuse: $570,057
Bubba Cunningham, North Carolina: $565,000
Debbie Yow, NC State: $500,000
Kevin Anderson, Maryland: $499,490**
Randy Spetman, Florida State: $350,000
Brad Bates, Boston College: NA
Blake James, Miami: NA

*Louisville expected to join ACC in 2014 
 ** Maryland will depart ACC in 2014

Published ACC Football Coaches In December of 2012

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State, $2,750,000, $675,000 max bonus
Mike London, Virginia, $2,552,760, $715,000 max bonus
Larry Fedora, North Carolina, $2,448,605, $29,167 max bonus
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech, $2,440,700, $1,025,000 max bonus
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech, $2,343,000, $407,500 max bonus
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest, $2,254,798
Dabo Swinney, Clemson, $2,040,024, $775,000 max bonus
David Cutcliffe, Duke, $1,788,523
Randy Edsall, Maryland, $1,600,000, $950,000 max bonus
Frank Spazani, Boston College, $1,094,976

Pictures Of The Day

Giles Hawkins riding Key To Milan on their way to winning The Bathwick Tyres Dorchester Handicap Hurdle Race at Wincanton racecourse on March 07, 2013 in Wincanton, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Jack Barker of Carlisle Aquatics competes in the Men's 50m Breaststroke heats on Day One of the 2013 British Gas International Meeting at John Charles Centre for Sport on March 7, 2013 in Leeds, England. (Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe)
Mengtao Xu of China takes first place during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championship Men's and Women's Aerials on March 07, 2013 in Voss, Norway. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Happy Trails, Jeff Saturday.  Saturday, by way of the University of North Carolina,  was signed by Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent before joining the Colts in 1999, Saturday ranks among the best undrafted players in the NFL. The Packers center was selected for five Pro Bowls and was twice honored with first-team All-Pro recognition, while his work with the NFL Players' Association made him one of the most respected players in the game. (Kevin Reece/Icon SMI/John Biever SI)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quote Of The Day

(Mitchell Layton/Washington Post Gallery)

"But after Saturday, one of the most bitter, hotly contested rivalries will go the way of the two-handed set shot, at least in terms of stakes and intensity. Syracuse can play ACC classics against Carolina or Duke. Georgetown can have revamped Big East barnburners with Butler or Xavier. But it won't be the same. Because the Orange can't hate Duke the way they despise Georgetown. The Hoyas will never detest Butler the way they loathe Syracuse. There's not enough history there for a proper amount of disdain. That's the price of so-called progress."

-- ESPN’s Rece Davis on the end of the 30-year-old Georgetown/Syracuse rivalry.  The Big East version of basketball combat comes to a close on Saturday.

To read the entire story, click here.  

ACC Hump Night Hoops: Jackets Upset The U

THE GAME WINNER (Al Diaz/Miami Herald)

GEORGIA TECH 71, #6 MIAMI 69 - The Hurricanes had championship T-shirts ready to unveil, and scissors on hand for cutting down the nets.
Georgia Tech put the celebration on hold.

Marcus Georges-Hunt followed his own miss with a tip-in at the buzzer Wednesday night, and the Yellow Jackets rallied past the Hurricanes 71-69 to prevent them from clinching the outright Atlantic Coast Conference title.

The Hurricanes (23-6, 14-3 ACC), who squandered a 13-point lead in the second half, lost their second straight game with a shot at an outright title.

"They deserve a celebration," Yellow Jackets coach Brian Gregory said. "I'm just glad it wasn't against us."

The defeat was the Hurricanes' third in four games after a 14-game winning streak, and they fell to 13-1 at home. They were already assured of a share of the title and can still clinch the championship outright by winning their regular-season finale at home Saturday against Clemson.

Georgia Tech (16-13, 6-11) beat a Top 25 team for the first time since March 2010

"It's tough," Miami's Julian Gamble said. "You expect to win. But when you let a team get confidence and they start making shots, it's tougher and tougher to guard them down the stretch. You have to give them credit, because they hit some really tough shots."

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
NORTH CAROLINA 79, MARYLAND 68 - At what point in every late season game does Roy Williams look at his team and say, “Look, if we play good defense we play well and we win. That was the case in 2005, 2009, last year and right now.”

The Tar Heels turned up the defense pressure halfway through the first half and  P.J. Hairston scored 22, Reggie Bullock had 19 points and 12 rebounds as North Carolina coasted past Maryland for its season-high sixth straight victory.

The Tar Heels never trailed after closing the first half with a 10-0 run that made it 34-27. North Carolina solidified its hold on third place in the ACC and can move into a tie for second by beating Duke in the season finale Saturday night.

James Michael McAdoo scored 10 for the Tar Heels (22-8, 12-5), who have won six in a row against Maryland, including the ACC tournament last year.

Dez Wells led Maryland (20-10, 8-9) with 18 points and Nick Fausthad 16. The Terrapins missed 20 of 23 attempts from three-point range.


(Greg Mintel/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. STATE 81, WAKE FOREST 66 - Junior C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 10 rebounds as NC State completed its 2012-13 home schedule with a victory over Wake Forest at PNC Arena on Wednesday night.

The Pack is 16-1 at home this season, its second most wins since posting a 17-3 home record in 1999-2000, its inaugural season at PNC Arena.

Coupled with earlier home wins this year against North Carolina and Duke, the decisive victory gave the Pack (22-8, 11-6 ACC) its first home sweep of its Big Four brethren for the first time since 1988-89, when the Pack still played in Reynolds Coliseum under the guidance of head coach Jim Valvano.

The Pack has now won six of its last seven games. It also has 11 ACC regular-season wins for the first time since 2003-04 and is one away from the school record of 12 conference wins, which has happened four previous times, most recently in the 1973-74 NCAA Championship season. This is the first season of the ACC's 18-game league schedule.


ACC Football Links

T.J. BARNES (AP Photo)
By Heather Dinich |

Here are a few burning questions for each ACC team this year.

Clemson is starting to see its recruiting efforts pay off at linebacker.

Picture it: Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes an NFL quarterback. Hey, a guy can dream.

Duke is opening spring with a new quarterback and a new look on offense.

Quarterback Anthony Boone knows he has to be the most accountable player on Duke's offense.

Pitt's offensive line is in flux as the Panthers begin spring practices.

It's been a long, long road for Pitt quarterback Tom Savage.

Former Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas has elbowed his way up the draft projections.

By Andrea Adelson |

Clemson opens spring practice today. Here is your primer on the Tigers.

Have you wondered what happened to former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson? Well, he's still playing football.

Georgia Tech has two on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Here is a Maryland spring practice report.

Miami receiver Rashawn Scott says he is more disciplined after serving a suspension to end last season.

Five questions as North Carolina opens spring.

Pitt running back Rushel Shell is ready to become the team's featured runner. Paul Chryst himself brings stability to the Panthers.

Could former Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh end up being a first-round draft pick?

Virginia will have a quarterback competition this spring between Phillip Sims, David Watford and Greyson Lambert.

Pictures Of The Day

N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (5), Rodney Purvis and Richard Howell react after senior Jay Lewis hit a 3-pointer. (Greg Mintel /Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC's Dexter Strickland (1), P.J. Hairston (15), Reggie Bullock (35) and Marcus Paige (5), wait to enter the starting lineup prior to their game against Maryland on Wednesday March 6, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.  (Robert Willett /Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown, left, greets Richard Howell's daughter, Milani Howell, 2, as Howell is introduced during senior day activities before their game. (Ethan Hyman /Raleigh News & Observer)
Spring football gets underway in Chapel Hill. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer)
Leo Messi receives his adizero f50 Messi “boots” presented during his visit to the new adidas Messi Gallery on March 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown, left, and Rodney Purvis, right, greet senior Scott Wood as he walks out onto the court with his parents Scott Sr. and Tawny Wood. (Ethan Hyman /Raleigh News & Observer)

Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies March 6, 2013 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images North America)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tuesday ACC Basketball: Duke Seniors Go Out WIth A Bang

CURRY (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#3 DUKE 85, VIRGINIA TECH 57 - The last home game for Duke's three seniors unexpectedly was tight until they turned it into a rout by doing what they do best.

Seth Curry hit 3-pointers. Mason Plumlee battled in the paint.

And Ryan Kelly - well, he did a little bit of everything to help the third-ranked Blue Devils pull away and beat Virginia Tech 85-57 on Tuesday night.

Curry scored 20 points with five 3-pointers, and Kelly added 18 points with team bests of nine rebounds and five assists in his second straight strong performance since coming back from an injury.

Plumlee finished with 14 points for Duke (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot nearly 52 percent yet struggled for a while in a classic trap-game scenario before outscoring the Hokies 32-10 during the final 12-plus minutes to finish unbeaten at home for the 17th time in school history.

BOSTON COLLEGE 68, CLEMSON 61 - Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 24 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead Boston College past Clemson, 68-61, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Hanlan eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season shooting 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Eagles to their first-ever win in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Freshman Joe Rahon posted 10 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore Eddie Odio registered eight points and seven boards. 

Neither team held a lead larger than one possession in the second half until Clemson gained a 43-38 advantage with just under 12 minutes to play. Hanlan answered with five straight points to knot the score at 43-43 before the Tigers hit a 3-pointer to regain a 46-43 lead with 9:50 to play.

Rumor: Fighting Irish Heading To ACC Sooner Than Later

By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The ACC will allow Notre Dame to join the league this summer if the Fighting Irish can exit the Big East Conference, sources told ESPN.

Notre Dame intended to stay in the Big East through the 2013-14 season as long as the league's seven Catholic basketball schools remained. But those schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova -- are expected to announce in the coming days they are leaving the Big East to begin their own league on July 1. 

Notre Dame officials have indicated previously that the Irish would seek an earlier exit from the Big East if the Catholic 7 schools departed before 2014. Notre Dame announced last year it was joining the ACC in all sports, except football.

ACC commissioner John Swofford and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick have said there wasn't a firm deadline in which Notre Dame would have to inform the ACC of its intention to join in 2013.

Last week, Swarbrick told ESPN's Matt Fortuna that each day that goes by makes it more difficult for the Fighting Irish to change leagues than the previous day.

To read more, click here.

ACC Eliminated From 2014 National Championship

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In all likelihood, the ACC will be knocked out of the football national championship picture in short order after the whistle blows in late August.

Three of the contenders may well be 0-1 before Labor Day.

North Carolina opens at South Carolina on Thursday, August 29 and two days later the Hokies travel to Atlanta for a date with Alabama. Yike!
On that same day, Georgia, who was one play away from beating Alabama in last year’s SEC Championship, will head into Death Valley to take on Clemson.

That leaves Florida State and Miami.

The Canes are likely to be on some type of NCAA probation and Florida State will find a way to lose to some team they simply can’t lose to on paper – Nevada, Idaho, Syracuse, Boston College?  

You get the point.

Season over.

Bring on basketball with Syracuse and Pittsburgh (and maybe Notre Dame, see above).

Like that makes sense.

Pictures Of The Day

Jeff Teague (by way of Wake Forest) of the Atlanta Hawks is fouled by Andre Miller #24 of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Hawks 104-88. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Coach Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands out pizza to students standing in line for twenty dollar Penguin tickets before the game at Consol Energy Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 4, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)
Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket during their game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Teammates Mason Plumlee #5, Seth Curry #30 and Ryan Kelly #34 of the Duke Blue Devils wave to the fans during their final game on Senior night against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Eriko Hirose of Japan in action during Day Two of the Yonex All England Badminton Open at NIA Arena on March 6, 2013 in Birmingham, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe)
Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins (4) celebrates a steal and the subsequent Connecticut foul during the third overtime of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Diggins scored 29 points as Notre Dame won 96-87 for the Big East regular-season title. Notre Dame guard Kaila Turner (15) also reacts to the play. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

ACC Players Of The Week

(Elysia Su/Duke Chronicle)
Duke’s Ryan Kelly has been selected ACC Player of the Week, while Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter, Jr., been named the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Kelly returned to the Duke lineup following a 13-game absence with a right foot injury to lead the Blue Devils to a 79-76 win over No. 5 Miami on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Raleigh, N.C., native scored a career-best 36 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range, and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 32 minutes of action. Kelly had been sidelined since January 8 and just returned to the court in limited capacity on Monday.

Kelly’s 36 points were the most by a Blue Devil at Cameron Indoor Stadium since J.J. Redick had 38 points against Wake Forest on February 20, 2005.

Carter averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the floor in Georgia Tech’s two games last week, a 78-68 victory over Maryland and a 70-57 loss to NC State. The 6-8 Thomasville, Ga., freshman recorded his fourth double-double of the season in lifting Tech to the victory against the Terps, scoring 19 points with 10 rebounds, hitting 7 of 11 shots from the floor, and 4-for-4 from the foul line while adding two assists and two blocked shots. In Sunday’s game against NC State, Carter had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots.

On the season, Carter is second among ACC freshmen in rebounds per game (6.8) and tied for fifth in scoring (10.0).

(Elysia Su/Duke Chronicle)

Duke #3, Miami #6, UNC About To Sneak Back In

FSU And Boise State Schedule Home And Home

(Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images North America)
ESPN: Florida State and Boise State will play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020, the schools announced Monday.

Under the weight of heavy criticism for a weak nonconference slate in each of the past two seasons, Florida State was looking for a marquee opponent for a home-and-home series, and athletics director Randy Spetman said the Broncos provided an ideal fit.

"Boise State has an excellent football program, and we feel this will be an out-of-conference game that will be exciting for fans of both schools and appealing to TV networks," Spetman said in a statement released by the school.

Boise State will travel to Tallahassee in 2019 for a game scheduled for Sept. 7. Florida State makes the return trip to Idaho on Sept. 14, 2020. The two schools will exchange $400,000 guarantees for the games.

The Boise State series is the latest in Florida State's push to boost its national cache and spark attendance at home with more high-profile nonconference competition.

The Seminoles will play Oklahoma State in Dallas in a neutral-field kickoff game during the 2014 season.

For Boise State, the games continue a strong history of nonconference scheduling, which has included kickoff games against Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia in recent seasons.

ACC Football Links

By Andrea Adelson |

Athlon Sports presents its ACC spring preview and top storylines to watch.

Duke has some questions to answer this spring.

Money reportedly played no role in Tim Brewster's hiring at Florida State.

Ricardo Young makes his debut at quarterback for Maryland.

Miami cornerback Tracy Howard hopes to win the starting spot vacated by Brandon McGee.

A wide-open quarterback battle highlights Pitt's spring drills.

Michael Cohen of the Syracuse Post-Standard says former Orange receiver Alec Lemon looked good during a pre-draft workout.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is coming to the UNC campus.

By Heather Dinich |

Former Virginia Tech receiver Marcus Davis got some tough news while at the NFL combine.
Florida State's indoor practice facility is right on schedule.

Here is some more background info on Tim Brewster, FSU fans.

Dear Dave Doeren: Please sign me up for the Wolfpack Olympics next year. Sounds fun.

Syracuse won't be leaving campus to practice this spring.

Andy Bitter previews the ACC's Atlantic Division schedules.

Al Golden is doing his part to help Miami's baseball team.

An NCAA exec says change is needed. Ya don't say.

More Pictures Of The Day

Hey, it's's a long day.
 Topless sledding in Altenberg, Germany.  (Joern Haufe/Getty Images)
Ed Slater of Leicester Tigers scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks at Welford Road on March 2, 2013 in Leicester, England. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
The Oxford and Cambridge crews pose for a picture on the tideway at Putney ahead of The BNY Melon 2013 University Boat Race Weigh-in and Crew Announcement on March 2, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe)
Eventual winner, The Rose, makes its way down to the start of the Castlepoint Cup Open during the Castlepoint Beach Races at Castlepoint Beach on March 2, 2013 in Masterton, New Zealand. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Court Storming The New Sequester

It’s the two words on everybody’s lips after last week’s Duke/Virginia game: Court storming.

According to ESPN, the ACC is expected to discuss the safety of court storming and whether an SEC-like penalty structure is warranted when the conference holds its spring meetings in May, at least one athletic director told last Friday.

The AD, who preferred not to be named while the process was ongoing, was reacting to Thursday night's court storming at Virginia when the Cavaliers beat Duke.

The SEC has a fine system of $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second, $50,000 for a third.
When the SEC adopted the penalty system in 2004 and the issue came up for debate within the ACC, there was no support for levying such a penalty. No other conference has a penalty like the SEC.

"If they don't bring it up, I promise you I will resurrect the discussion,'' the AD said.

A Duke official said later Friday that security stopped Duke players and staff at the Virginia bench while fans rushed the court as opposed to stopping the fans and allowing the Duke players and staff to get off the court. The Duke official said they had more than enough ushers to get the Duke players and staff off the court.

Duke has been stormed on at Miami, NC State, Maryland and Virginia. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed concern for his players' safety after the latest incident.

Virginia defended their efforts to keep Duke’s players and coaches safe.

To read more, click here

Where We Stand

All of a sudden it’s March...

McADOO (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
NORTH CAROLINA 79, FLORIDA STATE 58 - Don’t look now but UNC’s “small” lineup looks and plays a lot like Duke...As long as the undersized group shoots well, they win. Yesterday afternoon, the Tar Heels shot 55.4% from the field including nine of fifteen (60%) three pointers. 

Game over.

James Michael McAdoo scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and sparked the run that gave North Carolina a big lead.

Reggie Bullock added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-8, 11-5 ACC), who won their fifth straight and continued their push for a first-round bye at the league tournament in Greensboro. North Carolina shot 58 percent in the opening half to build a 19-point lead at the break, then never let it slip below double figures.

McAdoo scored 11 during the 20-3 first-half run that blew the game open and helped the Tar Heels to a season sweep of the Seminoles (15-14, 7-9). UNC  scored 23 points off turnovers.

Michael Snaer scored 17 to lead Florida State, which has lost five of seven.

N.C. STATE 70, GEORGIA TECH 57 - Richard Howell scored 18 points - all in the first half - and North Carolina State continued its late-season surge in the ACC by beating Georgia Tech on Sunday.

With Howell contained in the second half, C.J. Leslie scored 11 of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes as the Wolfpack (21-8, 10-6 ACC) took its fifth win in its last six games. T.J. Warren had 14 points.

With the win, N.C. State moved into a tie with fourth-place Virginia in the race for one of four first-round byes in the ACC tournament. Boston College beat Virginia 53-52 on Sunday.

N.C. State led by 14 in the first half. Georgia Tech (15-13, 5-11) fought back to cut the deficit to one point late in the first half and again early in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets couldn't complete the comeback.
HOWELL (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

BOSTON COLLEGE 53, VIRGINIA 52 - Just like Maryland, Virginia added a win over Duke to their NCAA resume and then promptly puked on their shoes...

 BC Freshman Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left, to lead Boston College (12-16, 5-11) past the Cavs on Sunday evening.

Virginia's Joe Harris made one of two free throws to push UVA's lead to 52-50 with 29 seconds remaining. The Eagles used a timeout and on the ensuing possession, Rahon caught a pass from sophomore Patrick Heckmann on the left wing and knocked down the game-winner as the Eagles closed the game on a 12-3 run. Heckmann forced UVA's Jontel Evans out of bounds on Virginia's (20-9, 10-6) last possession.

Rahon shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Heckmann scored nine points on a trio of three-pointers and freshman Olivier Hanlanscored 13 points. Sophomore Ryan Anderson totaled eight points and nine rebounds while classmate Eddie Odio scored eight points.

Pictures Of The Day

Former Tar Heel point guard Phil Ford, and former coach Bill Guthridge receive a standing ovation during halftime of the Tar Heels' game against Florida State. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC's Marcus Paige (5) drives to the basket against Florida State's Keil Turpin (11) in the first half on Sunday March 3, 2013 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson #25 of the Chicago Fire watches the ball in the net as Colin Clark #11 and Todd Dunivant #2 of the Los Angeles Galaxy react to the goal by teammate Mike Magee #18 (not in photo) during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on March 3, 2013 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Fire 4-0. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America)
Outdoor shinny hockey action during the 4th Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic on the frozen surface of Lake Louise on March 2, 2013 in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. No, we don't know what "shinny" means. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America)
Drivers compete in the Limited Modifieds during the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship at Texas Motor Speedway on March 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (5) shoots as Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller (5) defends. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
David Weir at the start of the adidas Silverstone Half Marathon at Silverstone Circuit on March 3, 2013 in Northampton, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe)
N.C. State breaks out the “big heads” and the fake brick against Georgia Tech. (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
Lauren Silberman attempts a kick off at NFL Regional Scouting Combine on March 3, 2013 at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Floram Park, New Jersey. Silberman is the first female to try out for the NFL. (Elsa/Getty Images North America)

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