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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Tortoise and the Unharried — N.C. State races past Maryland Terrapins, 79-74

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Peggy BooneReinforcements arrive to help N.C. State overrun MarylandRBC CENTER/RALEIGH — To celebrate “Military Appreciation Night” prior to tipoff of N.C. State’s ACC opener against the Maryland Terrapins, a group of Green Berets rappelled from the rafters of the RBC Center. For a split second, the sight of the 100-plus-foot ropes dangling from the arena’s ceiling had me wondering whether Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried was planning an alternative to his aborted skydive into Carter-Finley Stadium last September. Thankfully, Gottfried kept both feet firmly planted on the floor, perhaps a more instructive metaphor for the composure the Wolfpack would need...

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Duke gets five in double figures, blows past State in final minutes

Posted By on Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke's Richa Jackson attacks the basket as (L-R) State's Marissa Kastanek, Bonae Holston and Tia Bell defend.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke comes home off a nice road win over Wake Forest Friday night, taking on another in-state rival today as N.C. State visits for the first time in two seasons. The Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2 ACC) has dropped its first two conference games and will be a heavy underdog against the No. 7 Blue Devils (11-2, 2-0). Kellie Harper’s club gave Duke a really good scare last season in Raleigh, leading by as 20 points before Chelsea Gray’s layup...

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tar Heels shoot down Eagles in conference opener

Posted By on Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannHenson has emerged as a potential All-American DEAN SMITH CENTER/CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina shrugged off a couple sleepy spells this afternoon to flatten moribund Boston College 83-60 in the Tar Heels’ ACC season opener. Harrison Barnes continues to elevate his performance level, tallying 25 points on a highly efficient 10-for-15 shooting and adding five rebounds and four steals. Tyler Zeller shot 8-for-12 and finished with 20 points, and John Henson notched 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Fans streaming into the arena prior to the contest were overjoyed that the Heels had put the...

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Hoop Cheese: What we learned watching the December non-conference games

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 2:17 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannDexter Strickland, mid-contemplation, during a game last seasonACC conference play begins this weekend, for men and women. And none too soon, after a December marked by a succession of blowouts that were effectively over two minutes after tip-off. Or, as Eric Martin suggested in this report, the games were decided when they were scheduled. Martin, along with Neil Morris, Adam Sobsey, Rob Harrington and yours truly, all took a few swats at this topic. (I told everyone I wouldn't mention my thesis that the elimination of the shot clock would improve these games.) In the end,...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

ACC or Bust — N.C. State stings Hornets, 78-44

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 12:28 AM

© Sami Sarkis, Getty1RBC CENTER/RALEIGH—There’s two sides to every story. Many might view N.C. State’s 78-44 romp over MEAC member Delaware State as a meaningless nonconference exhibition designed to beef up the Wolfpack’s record and statistics in advance of the ACC season, which begins this Sunday against Maryland. On the other hand, it was only a year ago that a Scott Wood basket with two seconds left gave N.C. State a 72-70 squeaker over these same Hornets. In the same vein, there is a palpable air of confidence surrounding this N.C. State team entering conference play, a remarkable achievement considering...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year's capitulations: Canes succumb to Isles

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 5:14 AM

RBC CENTER, RALEIGH—When you hang a fresh January on the kitchen wall and toss the old calendar in the trash, you hope that the forgettable parts of the old year somehow go in the landfill too. But in their 2012 debut, the Carolina Hurricanes look agonizingly the same as they did in 2011. Giving up leads instead of building on them. Hoping the other team won’t score rather than ensuring it. And losing. Photo by Al DragoChad LaRose's late third-period goal gave the Canes hope, but he couldn't save them in the shootout as Carolina fell to the Islanders 4-3...

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Liston leads four in double figures as Duke eases past Virginia

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Photo by Al DragoTricia Liston led the Blue Devils with 18 points. CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke takes the floor for the first time in 2012 on a very big night for ACC women’s basketball in the Triangle. The No. 7 Blue Devils (9-2) will take on a very good team from Virginia (12-2) in the conference opener for both. The Cavaliers are in their first season under Joanne Boyle, a former Blue Devil player and assistant coach. Duke has had some personnel issues in the backcourt over the past month, with Shay Selby going on an indefinite suspension for a...

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Duke men's basketball [verb]s [small-time sports program]: [Exclamation]!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—On my way out of the arena after the Duke Blue Devils whomped the University of Pennsylvania Quakers, a.k.a. Penn, 85-55, I said howdy-seeya to one of the other sportswriters I know from the Durham Bulls beat. The guys who write for the dailies are already writing their stories minutes after the game is over. Actually, a bunch of them leave the court a few minutes before the game ends, if the outcome is well in hand—which lately it has been at Cameron, by the middle of the first half—and get the jump on it, keeping an...

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tar Heels spank alums to open 2012

Posted By on Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

File photo by Jeremy LangeWilliams has praised UNC's progress ESPNU — King Rice, Derrick Phelps and Brian Reese enjoyed many great moments during the course of their careers at North Carolina, so forgetting what happened this afternoon shouldn’t prove too difficult. The Tar Heels hammered Monmouth 102-65 in their final tune-up prior to ACC competition. Rice is in his first year as the Hawks’ head coach, and he selected former teammates Phelps and Reese as assistants. Effectively, Carolina playing — and paying — Monmouth amounted to an act of charity by Roy Williams. The truth is that these lower Division...

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On Duke's 40-point blowout of Western Michigan, or why we should consider a (temporary) elimination of the shot clock

Posted By on Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Photo by Al DragoMatt Stainbrook, who scored 18 to lead the visitors, defends Miles Plumlee.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—What is there to say about a game that shouldn't have happened? Why do the college basketball powers schedule such easy opponents in December and why are they on television? Why do we show up? These were my overriding thoughts after witnessing Friday night's encounter between the Duke Blue Devils and the Western Michigan Broncos, a team of no-hopers from Kalamazoo. The Broncos kept it close for the first few minutes, mainly through aggressive, hard-hitting defense. At 14:13 mark in the first half,...

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