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Monday, January 10, 2011

White, Wolfpack roll up an easy victory over Wake Forest

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:43 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State comes into its home game with long-time rival Wake Forest in pretty dire need of a victory. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsNCSU guard Amber WhiteThe Wolfpack (8-7) already lost its ACC opener at home to Clemson on Thursday night, and with a killer stretch upcoming can barely afford to drop to 0-2 in conference play. Wake (9-7) is on a little winning streak as it heads into its ACC opener. The teams play twice each season and last time split a pair of home-court victories, but the long history is on the Wolfpack’s side in a big...

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No surprise: Jasmine Thomas ACC player of the week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Duke guard Jasmine Thomas has been named ACC women’s basketball player of the week for her performances in home victories over nationally-ranked Kentucky and Maryland. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Jasmine ThomasGeorgia Tech’s Tyaunna Marshall was selected ACC Rookie of the Week. Thomas had 24 points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals for the No. 3 Blue Devils in their 54-48 win over No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, she had 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 71-64 win over No. 14 Maryland....

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A two-team "tournament" for college football's national championship is just wrong. Let's make it eight.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Finally. “Bowl Championship Series” aside, tonight marks the annual two-team tournament for the national championship in NCAA Division I’s Football Bowl Subdivision. At least it involves two undefeated teams this time, unlike in a recent past year when a two-loss team was allowed to play and win and claim a “national championship.” But the system still stinks. On the outside looking in will be Texas Christian, winner of the Rose Bowl at the end of an undefeated season but unable to play for the title. At least it wasn’t a blatant injustice this time, because the two teams that will...

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After winning ACC opener, Tar Heels still feel unease

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Jeremy Lange/IndyWilliams believes his team has real potential RAYCOM — Roy Williams definitely is prone to coach-speak at times, but this past weekend, after his Tar Heels out-slugged Virginia 62-56 in Charlottesville, he didn't exaggerate: “It was one of the ugliest ‘Ws’ that I have ever been involved in …” UNC came out firing before suffering through one of its coldest offensive spells of the season, losing a nine-point lead and trailing by seven at halftime to the undermanned Cavaliers. Virginia then jumped out to a double-figure margin in the second half, before the Heels methodically cut away at the...

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Wolfpack hosts old rival Wake Forest tonight at Reynolds

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 12:31 AM

N.C. State definitely needs a win tonight after dropping its ACC women’s basketball opener at home to Clemson. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonThe Wolfpack (8-7) will host Wake Forest (9-7) at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum in the Deacons’ conference opener. The two teams split a pair of home-court victories. State leads the series by a whopping 59-9, but tonight’s game — to be shown on FSN South — should be closely contested. In an odd twist, Wake coach Mike Petersen will have either his 100th victory or 100th defeat with the program tonight....

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Duke's most interesting game of the year, and 15th win

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM

The Duke Blue Devils’ last loss was to the Maryland Terrapins on March 3, 2010, the final home game for three Maryland seniors and the culmination of a Maryland hot streak that made them a national contender late last year. Since that loss, though, the Devils have had the hot streak. They’ve won 24 straight, including a national championship and, this year, the season’s first 14 contest. Sunday night in Durham, then, No. 1 Duke had a lot to prove and maintain with a win against the unranked, much smaller Terrapins. “We’re not this great basketball team,” Coach Mike Krzyzewski...

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Breland leads Tar Heels in squeaker over Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Jessica Breland led the way with 18 points, including a tip-in in the final minute that turned out to provide the clinching points, and nine rebounds as No. 8 UNC held off Boston College 84-83 in women’s basketball. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Jessica BrelandThe win improved the Tar Heels to 15-1, 1-1 in ACC play, while BC fell to 13-3 with the loss in its conference opener. Italee Lucas added 17 points, Chay Shegog 16 and Cetera DeGraffenreid 10 for the Tar Heels, who outrebounded the Eagles 39-30....

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UNC travels to the "Battle of the Sylvias" in Massachusetts

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 12:14 AM

UNC will try to bounce back from its first loss of its women’s basketball season today with a tough assignment on the road. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC coach Sylvia HatchellIt’s the annual regular-season Battle of the Sylvias, as UNC Coach Hatchell’s club travels to Boston College to take on Sylvia Crawley’s Eagles. Crawley, of course, was the center on UNC’s 1994 NCAA championship team. The 1 p.m. game will be shown on FSN South. Crawley’s squad boasts the ACC’s best proven center in 6-6 senior Carolyn Swords, who is leading the nation in shooting percentage at an unlikely 71.4 and...

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wolfpack men overpower Wake Forest in ACC opener

Posted By on Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Tracy SmithFinal score: 90-69. Stars of the game: 1) Tracy Smith, 23 points, 11 rebounds. 2) C.J. Williams, 16 points, 7 rebounds, excellent defense and offensive floor game. 3) C. J. Leslie, 19 points, 6 rebounds, and zero turnovers in an all-around solid performance. Stats: State shot 34-66 from the floor, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range (three 3's by Scott Wood), and out-rebounded Wake 47-22. Assists were 19-8 for State (Ryan Harrow had six assists). Official stat sheet here. Sidney Lowe: Hard for State's coach to apply deep analysis to a blowout win. "Obviously, I thought we played...

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Skinner triggers another comeback over Panthers, 5-3

Posted By on Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 12:23 AM

FSN South (TV)—After a period, the Carolina Hurricanes were down two goals to the Florida Panthers. Right where they wanted to be. Jeremy M. LangeJeff Skinner, seen here at an early-season practice, scored two poetic goals to spark a 5-3 comback win in the Florida Panthers' barn Friday night.For the third time in three weeks, the Canes erased a multi-goal deficit against the Panthers as Jeff Skinner and Erik Cole scored twice each in a 5-3 win in Florida on Friday night. Justin Peters saved 32 shots in just his second win of the season—both against the Panthers—as Cam Ward...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Twin heartbreakers as Wolfpack, Tar Heels drop ACC women's openers

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:06 PM

The opening night of the ACC schedule in women’s basketball was a very tough one for the conference’s two local state universities. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonN.C. State dropped a 76-74 decision to visiting Clemson that was Itoro Coleman’s first conference victory as the Tigers’ coach, while No. 8 UNC saw its winning streak end at 14 in a 71-70 heartbreaker at Georgia Tech. Clemson (8-8, 1-0) beat the Wolfpack (8-7, 0-1) despite a career-high 29 points with 13 rebounds from Bonae Holston, as Sthefany Thomas poured in 23 points to lead the Tigers. And in Atlanta...

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Jasmine Thomas strikes once again as Duke stays perfect by topping Terps in ACC opener

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 10:41 PM

File photo by Al DragoJasmine Thomas has taken over in the closing minutes to give Duke a trio of recent wins.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM ACC conference play begins tonight in women’s basketball, and one of the conference’s hottest rivalries gets another renewal at Duke. The No. 3 Blue Devils, 14-0 and with the nation’s best RPI against a killer schedule, will take on No. 14 Maryland (13-1) that’s on a 12-game winning streak. Duke has won 24 of the last 31 meetings against the Terps, but Maryland came out on top in the 2006 NCAA title game. Both teams are somewhat...

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Duke hosts Terps, State hosts Clemson, UNC visits Ga. Tech as ACC women's play starts tonight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Jasmine Thomas has taken over in the final minutes to give Duke a pair of recent wins.The ACC opens conference play in women’s basketball tonight, with two of the three area teams at home and all of them trying to extend winning streaks. No. 3 Duke, No. 8 UNC and N.C. State will all be favorites, although none of their assignments could be described as easy. Duke (14-0), which has recently made a habit of last-minute heroics to win at home, will play at home against bitter rival No. 18 Maryland (13-1), which is on a 12-game winning streak of...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Smith leads Duke, now 14—0, past Blazers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

The Duke Blue Devils improved, as expected, to 14—0 Wednesday night during a break from ACC play against the Blazers of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Early domination from the Devils put the Blazers in a 22-point hole just minutes into the game. Though their three-point shooting and tenacity matched Duke throughout much of the contest, that deficit was just too great. Duke won by 21 points.“We’re playing well,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. “We’re getting better.”...

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Overtime continues to haunt Canes despite Ward's heroics

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

FSN South (TV)—Cam Ward didn't deserve to lose this game. WikiCommonsCarolina dropped its second straight game in OT, 2-1 to the New York Rangers.Mats Zuccarello's first NHL goal late in overtime gave the New York Rangers a tense 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Madison Square Garden. Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was one save better than Ward, even picking up an assist on the winning goal to go along with his 31 saves. It was the second straight overtime loss for Carolina, having dropped a 4-3 decision to the Florida Panthers in Raleigh on Monday night. Eric Staal netted...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jasmine Thomas is huge down the stretch as Duke holds off Kentucky

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Photo by Al DragoDuke guard Jasmine Thomas avoids Kentucky's Samantha Drake (31) for another 2 of her 34 points. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke tonight plays its last non-conference opponent before ACC play begins, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The No. 3 Blue Devils will take on No. 10 Kentucky in an ESPNU contest that’s being pumped up as another twist on the schools’ storied but infrequently contested basketball rivalry. It's only their third meeting in women's basketball. Duke comes in with a 13-0 record, while Kentucky is 11-1. Even with students away on break there’s a big crowd...

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Women's teams renew Duke-Kentucky rivalry tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 4:46 AM

Duke’s schedule in women’s basketball just doesn’t get any easier. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke center Krystal ThomasThe No. 3 Blue Devils will take on their third ranked opponent in their last six games tonight, when No. 10 Kentucky visits Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 7 p.m. game to be shown live on ESPNU. The Blue Devils will be defending a 15-game home-court winning streak. Duke has won both previous meetings with the Wildcats, the last coming in 1995. The Blue Devils’ next opponent will be visiting No. 18 Maryland in their ACC opener on Thursday night....

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Tar Heels beat NCCU in women's play 97-40

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Good evening, sports fans. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Krista GrossSince I'm working on a part-time contract basis for NCCU sports information, it would have been an obvious conflict of interest for me to cover the Eagles' women's basketball game at No. 8 UNC tonight. The Tar Heels won 97-40. UNC will be on the road for its next two, but I plan to be in Chapel Hill for the big game with N.C. State on Jan. 14. Thanks for reading!...

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Duke opens ACC play with, wait for it, another win

Posted By on Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 9:35 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—They won’t lose a game all season. The ACC regular season schedule won’t really challenge them. While those statements might yet prove to be hyperbolic, No. 1 Duke (13-0, 1-0 ACC) used its ACC opener Sunday night to display the reasons pundits have been drooling about the team since the summer, winning 74-63 against the Miami Hurricanes (11-4, 0-1). The only real difference between this contest and the tune-ups to date was the conference logo on Miami’s chest. When Duke’s equipment manager is forced to climb a ladder and replace the net after warm-ups, it’s usually not a...

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Tar Heels punish St. Francis for its sins in final non-conference affair

Posted By on Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Arianna Hoffmann/Indy WeekDexter Strickland fearlessly attacks the rim DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina began its 2011 with a big ole’ turkey. The Tar Heels engaged in some shameless record padding against St. Francis (Pa.), a team that entered the game 2-10 and ranked No. 326 — out of 345 Division I teams — in Ken Pomeroy’s respected power rankings. But the crowd nevertheless cheered unabashedly as the Heels whomped the Red Flash 103-53, getting double-digit scoring performances from eight different players. Carolina shot 59 percent as a team and held St. Francis to 33 percent shooting, which along...

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Wolfpack blows past ECSU in near-impromptu women's basketball game

Posted By on Sun, Jan 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State needed a basketball game on short notice when Fairfield’s trip to Raleigh was postponed on Tuesday. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State guard Breezy WilliamsAnd after a lot of hard work in the E-Mail department, the Wolfpack came up with one. It turned out to be against Elizabeth City State, a fellow member of the UNC system that belongs to the Division II CIAA and had also had a game wiped out by the winter storm. The agreement was announced on Friday. This is the first meeting between the two schools, and both are on winning streaks...

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wolfpack hosts ECSU in add-on game Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM

N.C. State will make a rare step away from playing against Division I competition in women’s basketball today. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State forward Bonae HolstonThe opponent for the hastily scheduled game, which was announced on Friday, is CIAA power Elizabeth City State. It will be the teams’ first meeting. Neither team has played since Dec. 21, and each has its conference opener on Thursday night. NCSU is on a three-game winning streak, while ECSU has won seven straight games. Admission is free to the general public....

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Early barrage gives Hurricanes easy win over New Jersey

Posted By on Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 10:32 PM

File photo by Peggy BooneTuomo Ruutu keeps a watchful eye in this game last season against Boston.RBC CENTER/RALEIGH The Carolina Hurricanes will ring in the New Year at home against the NHL’s worst team, yes, the New Jersey Devils. There’s still a lot of history between these clubs, who have met four times in early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Hurricanes winning the last three series. The Devils aren’t what they used to be, though, as they come into the game six points behind the 14th-place New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes, who are...

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He's back! Smith leads Wolfpack in easy win over San Diego

Posted By on Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

RBC CENTER/RALEIGH N.C. State opens the New Year with an early game against the University of San Diego in the finale of a six-game homestand. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsN.C. State post Tracy SmithThere’s a noon start for TV and a Carolina Hurricanes home game here tonight, which means the West Coast Conference-member Toreros — don’t go all East Coast and confuse them with San Diego State’s Aztecs — will be going at 9 a.m. their local time. It’s a guarantee game with no return match set, and the 8-4 Wolfpack is a solid 20-point favorite over USD (3-10), which has...

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