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Sunday, November 30, 2008

'Canes implode in third, lose 4-1 to Ducks

Posted by on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Believe it or not, this was a very close game. The Hurricanes had another brilliant second period and managed almost 40 shots on goal, but collapsed in the third period, allowing two quick goals and another one late. Once again the team relied on its third line for all the scoring and only produced one goal. There were no last-minute heroics to be found and Anaheim sent Carolina to its fourth loss in five games.

“Tonight the effort was there,” Eric Staal said. “I thought we were there, I thought we were good on the puck, and we had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t capitalize.”

The Hurricanes were getting consistent goaltending for the first time this season, but the Hockey Gods were not about to let that fly. Cam Ward started in net, but sustained a lower body injury in the first period and did not return to the ice.

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Hansbrough Won't Play Tonight

Posted by on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Tyler Hansbrough will sit out the game against UNC Asheville tonight, according to ACC Now.

UNC Asheville is also missing their center, Kenny George, who had his career ended after having part of his foot amputated.

ACC Now reports that it is only for precautionary reasons. This is easy to understand, considering the Heels' crucial ACC-Big Ten Challenge match up against Michigan State later this week.

The Heels tip off at 6:30 p.m. against UNC Asheville.

Ed Davis will likely start in Hansbrough's place.

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N.C. State on field, Duke on court: Big questions, partly answered

Posted by on Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Up and away: Balloons float above Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday, as N.C. State sealed its bowl bid with a 38-28 win over Miami.
  • Up and away: Balloons float above Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday, as N.C. State sealed its bowl bid with a 38-28 win over Miami.

If you’re a fan of ACC basketball and football, you’ve got every right to feel good about the local state of things heading into next week, when the league’s men’s basketball teams square off against the Big Ten and the league’s football victors battle for the ACC Championship in Tampa Bay: UNC’s bowl-bound football team beat Duke in Durham, but it was actually a decent game, at last more than a pairing of the mediocre versus the vanquished. After crushing a ranked Notre Dame in Hawaii, UNC’s Tar Heel men look, as billed, fairly unstoppable. (About this whole Wolfpack basketball thing, though, well, we’ll have to see.) And both N.C. State’s football team and Duke’s men’s basketball team began to answer questions that have, respectively, spoiled or threatened to spoil their seasons. That is, N.C. State has a freshman quarterback in Russell Wilson who might fulfill Tom O’Brien’s “best program” promises. And Duke basketball might—possibly, maybe, perhaps—have some big man action this year on the court.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

N.C. State 38, Miami 28: Quarterbacks win futures.

Posted by on Sat, Nov 29, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Under cover of gray skies, N.C. State capitalized on several crucial University of Miami mistakes to win its final home game of the year 38-28. The victory pushes N.C. State to 6-6 on the year and into the wonderful world of bowl eligibility. We won't know their fate for a bit, but—if the same team with same quarterback and the same fiery defense shows up for a bowl—they deserve it and will likely fare well. Atop Russell Wilson's scrambling legs and sure arm (new State record: 226 consecutive pass attempts without an interception), N.C. State looked mostly fantastic today.

More on the future of N.C. State football and Duke men's basketball coming soon.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

UNC at Duke NCAA 2009 Simulation

Posted by on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 10:02 PM

 

The Tar Heels outlasted Duke 42-28 in an offensive shootout Saturday after collapsing against NC State and Maryland the previous two weeks.  

T.J. Yates, who missed six weeks with a broken ankle, combined for six total touchdowns. Yates completed a career high five touchdown passes and ran for a score as well.

Brooks Foster caught four passes for 106 yards and had the biggest play of the day, a 57-yard touchdown pass from Yates to break the game open. 

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Never Question Butch Davis

Posted by on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Y'all have probably seen this before, but what the hell. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

 

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Snore (Virginia Tech 14, Duke 3)

Posted by on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM

The word “ugly” doesn’t begin to describe this one.

 

Virginia Tech and Duke’s respective offensive squads discovered new levels of ineptitude Saturday, playing in a contest so boring that it made even the perpetually-raucous Hokie faithful go listless.

 

For its part, VaTech surrendered five turnovers in the first six possessions, a feat that would have likely doomed them had they been playing Duke, who managed just 134 total yards of offense in the 14-3 loss, thereby extending the losing streak to a robust six games.

 

Here’s how it happened:

 

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tar Heels triumph in Maui

Posted by on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Not only did North Carolina's juggernaut dispatch Notre Dame to capture the Maui Invitational championship, the Tar Heels made it look easy.

Utilizing the immense talents of superstar Tyler Hansbrough and dynamite point guard Ty Lawson, UNC broke open a close game midway through the first half and maintained a working margin during the second frame for a 102-87 victory.

Hansbrough finally appeared to be fully healthy after sitting out several games due to a stress reaction in his shin. Matched against star big man Luke Harangody (who, in fairness, was hobbled by flu-like symptoms), the reigning national player of the year notched 34 points on a blistering 13-19 shooting. Not only did he characteristically power his way inside, Hansbrough took his slower opponent to the perimeter and lofted in several jump shots.

Lawson, who was named tournament MVP, blew by the Irish defense for 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds — easily his finest performance of the season thus far. Big man Deon Thompson continued to answer the nagging question whether he'd remain the confident player he had been during Hansbrough's absence, scoring 19 points and adding 13 boards.

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Yates Starting Against Duke

Posted by on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 11:44 AM

UNC-Chapel Hill's T.J. Yates will get the nod at the quarterback position Saturday against Duke, according to Tarheelblue.com. 

"Our expectations are to start T.J.," Butch Davis said. "Both of them (T.J. and Cameron) have done good these last two days and I expect him to play well Saturday."

Yates started against NC State Nov. 22 only to suffer the Heels' worst loss of the season.

Davis said that Yates' starting experience gives him the edge. Cameron Sexton, who began the season as the third-string quarterback, started in six out of the seven games played after Yates went down with a broken ankle. 

Mike Paulus started the first game against Miami when Yates was injured, but Sexton played most of the game.

The Heels enter the contest against Duke desperate for a win after dropping their last two games to Maryland and NC State. UNC needed only to win their last three games to win the Coastal Division.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hurricanes drop third in a row (again)

Posted by on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Fourth liners scoring, captains fighting, All-Stars killing penalties and nothing else…what is going on with the Carolina Hurricanes these days?

The Hurricanes, threatening to go on their second three-game skid in three weeks, gave up a goal early in the third period  to the Philadelphia Flyers and couldn’t get it back. A quarter of the way through the season, it seems as though the ‘Canes can only win every other week. If this trend continues, look for some drastic changes in the near future, in the form of a coaching change or a major trade.

The Hurricanes brass recently decided to do away with morning skates on game days, theorizing that the team might have a bit more jump with a little more rest. Instead of looking fresher, the team just looks stale. The Hurricanes haven’t scored the first goal in eight games and managed only one shot on goal in the first period tonight.

“We had one shot in our home building, and that’s embarrassing,” Tuomo Ruutu said. “It seems like after every first period we’re down one or two goals, and it’s tough to come back in this league.”

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