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Sunday, March 15, 2009

ACC Tourney--Sunday open thread

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 12:59 PM

In something of a confrontation through negation, yesterday's UNC-FSU game allowed us to compare the top vote-getters for ACC Player of the Year. Lawson won the award, of course, while FSU's Toney Douglas finished second, one place ahead of Tyler Hansbrough. How do we assess Lawson and Douglas' respective merits in this game? On Lawson's side: He sits, UNC loses. There's evidence of his value. Then there's FSU, which needed every one of Douglas' 27 points and 38 minutes to knock off the Heels. Considering that UNC likely would have won if Danny Green had shot poorly instead of disastrously...

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Two Coaches, Two Goals

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Interesting to watch Roy Williams let his team run their final play against FSU yesterday without a timeout to set it up. He seemed to have decided to let things go according to their own plan in the ACC Tournament; a tad more micromanagement here and there might have tipped yesterday's game in UNC's favor. Danny Green (hello?) would have helped, too. It almost looked like he was getting paid to throw the games this weekend. That's not an accusation, just a measure of how awful and tentative he looked. On the other hand, Mike Krzyzewski has apparently decided that...

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

RailHawks top Revolution 1-0

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 11:03 PM

WAKEMED SOCCER PARK/ CARY—UNC may have lost today, but the surprisingly healthy crowd of 2,700 soccer fans that braved the gruesome weather in Cary tonight went home thrilled. The revamped Carolina RailHawks showed off a confident, organized attack and a strong defense to knock off the visiting New England Revolution, 1-0. Defender Mark Schulte scored on a first-half header, in the 16th minute, and second-half substitute goalie Caleb Patterson saved the victory with a sensational stop on a Revolution breakaway in the 86th minute. The game afforded an opportunity to see new faces in action and there were numerous surprises....

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ACC tourney--Saturday open thread

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 1:00 PM

We're midway through the four-day sprint-march-slog that is the ACC Tournament. It's the third game in three days for Maryland and Florida State, while both UNC and Duke are coming off grueling Friday victories.  Questions for the day: With a No. 1 seed in the NCAA assured, will Roy Williams do the expedient thing and keep Lawson on the bench, no matter how tired Bobby Frasor gets against ACC Defensive Player of the Year Toney Douglas? How will Kyle Singler hold up after playing 40 minutes against Boston College? Will Grievous Vasquez and the Terps exact revenge on the Blue...

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RailHawks versus Revolution pregame notes

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Jarrett at Triangle Soccer Fanatics has done the work for us: He's secured the match day roster and located some news therein: First, there are now 25 players listed on the RailHawks roster (which doesn't include confirmed signing Matt Watson, who is still playing for his indoor team in Baltimore). Officially, the team has 20 players, but three new names have slipped out in recent press releases, including backup keeper Brian Levey, evidently returning for another year; Devon McKenney, a defender who played last year for the Columbus Crew reserves; and Nate Norman, who played for Notre Dame before...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

ACC Tourney, Friday open thread

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Well, as correspondent Adam Sobsey just emailed me, this second Friday of March should be a state-wide holiday. There was some basketball yesterday: NC State is done for the season, while Clemson's NCAA seeding probably took a big hit with that loss to Georgia Tech, while Virginia Tech polished off Miami's NCAA hopes before scaring the bejesus out of UNC earlier this afternoon.  Ex-Indyite Besha Rodell is at courtside for Creative Loafing Atlanta—we hope to have new posts from her today. Besha? Let us know in the comments. What's your take on the empty seats at the Georgia Dome? The...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Live from courtside in Atlanta...

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Here at Triangle Offense headquarters, we thought about traveling to Atlanta for the ACC Tournament. A few seconds later, we gave up. Fortunately, Besha Rodell, ex-Indy food writer who now covers the culinary scene for Creative Loafing in Atlanta, has donned the mantle of alt-weekly scribbler-turned-sports journalist. She's blogging from the Georgia Dome this weekend and we'll send along her posts. First, though, we want to quote her appreciative reminiscence of her basketball coming of age, in Chapel Hill, N.C.:...

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No Love for Jay Williams, according to Yahoo! story

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM

There's a long, juicy but unsurprising piece on Yahoo! Sports detailing how sports agents have turned to corrupting AAU coaches to get around the NBA's new age limits.  Kevin Love, who played a single season at UCLA last year before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, is the prized athlete in this tale. Ceruzzi Sports and Entertainment is the company that slipped more than $250,000 to a California AAU coach named Pat Barrett so that he might use his influence with his illustrious former players to get them to sign with Ceruzzi. Representing Ceruzzi's interests out in the field was Jay...

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ACC Bubble Check-up

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Locks Since the last update not too much has changed on the ACC bubble. For starters the teams that were locks are obviously still locks. Along with those four teams (UNC, Duke, Wake and Clemson) Florida State has since become a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. The teams' seeds in the tournament are roughly unchanged as well. UNC has essentially locked up a No. 1 seed, Duke is still looking like a No. 2 seed and Wake Forest has solidified their position as a No. 3 seed....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Martin Rennie speaks to the Indy's Chris Gaffney

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 4:43 PM

In today's Independent, Chris Gaffney interviews RailHawks coach Martin Rennie, who reveals a remarkably serene and composed world-view:  "Whoever the players are you have to care for them. Almost serve them in a way, not in a way that you're a doormat, but in a way that they know that you want the best for them and are there to help them ... ultimately, people are basically the same—they want to know that you care about them and what they do." This Saturday, area soccer fans will get their first peek at the competitiveness of the heavily revamped RailHawks...

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Handicapping the ACC Tournament

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 9:56 AM

With the ACC Tournament coming up, it seems appropriate to take a look at each team's statistical odds of taking home the tournament title. To do so, it is best to use each team's Pythagorean win percentage which is determined roughly by the difference between their points scored and points allowed. Ken Pomeroy keeps these numbers, along with much other useful information, on his site. Along with simply tabulating the information, Pomeroy makes adjustments based on schedule strength and his work has proven highly predictive. The following table shows the chances each team has at reaching each stage of the...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Ward, 'Canes shut out Rangers, 3-0

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> The Carolina Hurricanes have made a total turnaround from the team that couldn’t score and couldn’t win big games, shutting out the New York Rangers – a team also fighting tooth-and-nail for a playoff spot – and winning their fourth in a row. Joe Corvo scored the game-winner in the second period and it held up after Cam Ward shut the door. As on Friday, the ‘Canes attempted to take advantage of another tired team. New York was on the second end of a back-to-back after beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 last...

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Heels sweep Duke, win ACC title

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM

SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina sent its senior class out triumphantly on Sunday evening, besting archrival Duke in a 79-71 dogfight that was unresolved until the final minute and clinching the ACC regular season championship in the process. It was senior day at the Dean Dome, and Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor all played their final game on their home court. Juniors Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington may depart for the NBA following this season as well, so clearly the emotional stakes — if not the actual stakes, in terms of the NCAA Tournament — were extremely...

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Triangle Offense picks UNC-Duke

Posted By on Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Rob Harrington I still believe the Heels pose too many matchup problems for the Devils, especially at point guard. Additionally, in the past Zoubek has not been effective in this game, and who knows how the Lance Thomas injury will affect him. But it should be a very good game. Duke will be the looser team this time around, and there's a chance that UNC will be over-emotional on senior day, although in recent years that hasn't been a problem. Pick: Score: UNC 85, Duke 79 Jacob Swiger The news of Ty Lawson leaving practice on crutches changes the...

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Duke at UNC: A look at the rest of the matchups

Posted By on Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Here's a quick look at the rest of the Duke-Carolina matchups. To recap, Triangle Offense gave the advantage at point guard to UNC and gave neither team the edge at shooting guard. Small Forward NBA scouts are drooling over the Danny Green-Gerald Henderson matchup. Henderson's athleticism and ability to play above the rim should translate to a successful NBA career while Green has improved his stock dramatically from last season due to his excellent decision making, improved ball-handling and defensive presence....

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Cole scores in return to Raleigh, Whitney scores hatter and 300th goal

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—In front of 18,100 ravenous fans who pulled their No. 26 jerseys out from the backs of their closets and cheered loudly every time his name was mentioned, Erik Cole made his return to Raleigh a victorious one indeed. Cole scored the back-breaking third goal and his teammate Ray Whitney – not to be outdone – scored a power play goal in each period to lead the ‘Canes to a 6-1 win over the Calgary Flames. “Well I’ve been trying to tell people for years how good I was,...

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Hurricanes vs. Flames Liveblog

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Flames @ Hurricanes liveblog...

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No Wonder It's Going to Be 70 Degrees

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 2:02 AM

Looking for a nice place to have lunch today? From the Durham Bulls' media office: Friday is the annual “Opening Day” for individual ticket sales. Any fan who purchases a ticket to a 2009 regular season game at the box office this Friday can come in and have free lunch of hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, French fries and Pepsi. Fans can also come down to the outfield to play some catch or take some swings at home plate....

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Heels survive test in Blacksburg

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 8:49 PM

TV/ESPN -- You might excuse Carolina fans if they lost the faith for a second or two on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels, attempting to fend off a desperate Virginia Tech team they couldn't quite put away, suffered through a very anxious stretch but held on for a 86-78 win on the road that clenched at least a share of the ACC regular season title. The suspense of the game was typical for a conference road contest, but the way in which the Heels won was a very positive development. To wit, instead of outscoring an opponent, Carolina actually made...

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Duke at UNC: Williams vs. Ellington

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's genius insertion of Elliot Williams -- a juicy McDonald's Big Mac -- into the starting lineup provided a boost for the slumping Blue Devils. Meanwhile, UNC's Wayne Ellington's highs and lows seem to oscillate in sync with Carolina's offensive success. When Ellington's hot, the Heels roll. When he's not, well, it tends to be ugly, especially when Ellington tries to force 3-pointers down opponents' throats....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

UnPacking

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:14 PM

RBC CENTER/ RALEIGH—I got a free ticket to tonight's N.C. State 74-69 win over Boston College. A few notes about the experience, led by this one: Why isn't State better than their record, and why is BC as good as theirs? Watching tonight's game, it was as if the two teams had swapped won-lost marks. 1) The quietest I've ever heard thousands of people get was tonight, just before the national anthem was played. Corey Smith, a professional football player who played college ball at N.C. State, was lost at sea in a boating accident off the Florida coast this...

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"The Cole Train" pulls back into his old station

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 --> Rutherford’s New-People-Phobia strikes again! In a move that should have been surprising (but really wasn’t,) ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford has executed a three-way deal that will put fan favorite Erik Cole, who was drafted by the ‘Canes in 1998 and played with Carolina for 418 games, back in a red sweater. Cole was traded to Edmonton this summer for Joni Pitkanen. Cole has 16 goals and 11 assists in 63 games with the Oilers so far this season. Of course, the ‘Canes couldn’t get “The Cole Train” back without giving up...

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Duke 84, Florida State 81: Six thoughts

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 2:23 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—Last night's Duke victory at home over Florida State was a roller coaster from start to finish: The crowd roared for the first three minutes, honoring seniors Greg Paulus, David McClure and Martynas Pocius during their last game at Cameron. But the euphoria wore off quickly, as Duke headed into the locker room down by six and with center Lance Thomas already down via an early ankle injury. But with the help of explosive performances by Elliot Williams and Gerald Henderson, Duke rallied back, giving its seniors a three-point cap to their careers....

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Duke at UNC: Lawson vs. Scheyer

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Looking ahead a bit, Duke travels to Chapel Hill Sunday for a game that could serve as a defining moment for the program. This week Triangle Offense will break down the position-by-position matchups between Duke and UNC. Roy Williams' return to Chapel Hill tipped the scale back to Carolina. Winning six of 11 games against Duke since returning-- with three of those losses coming in his first three attempts, Williams has also dominated the national recruiting landscape. A win could potentially put Duke back at the top of the ACC; a loss would sink Duke's championship hopes along with a...

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Tracy Smith's Emergence at the Head of the 'Pack

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 9:47 AM

A Triangle team has recently shaken up its starting lineup.  After a lackluster stretch within ACC play, the coach benched a season-long starter in favor of more talent from the bench.  On one side of the Triangle this story has been met with national attention and acclaim.  However, a similar switch has happened over in Raleigh, and the results that head coach Sidney Lowe has achieved are no less dramatic or successful. When the Wolfpack took the floor on Jan. 27 against the Miami Hurricanes, its starting lineup looked slightly different from the one that started all five prior ACC...

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