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Monday, February 6, 2012

Blue Devils demolish UNC to go to 10-0 in ACC

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s yet another installment in the Battle of the Blues, meaning there’s going to be a near-sellout crowd tonight. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke guard Tricia ListonDuke beat UNC for the ACC title last season, the rubber match of three contests in the last campaign. Each team has won each meeting at home each of the last three seasons. Duke (18-3, 9-0 ACC) comes in ranked No. 5 in the nation, hoping to keep alive a chance for the No. 1 seed in the Raleigh Regional. No. 22 UNC (17-5, 7-2) still has an outside chance for the...

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O captain!: Rudderless Blue Devils lose again at home

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Richard Lees/ Creative CommonsCAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DUKE—There are many reasons that the Duke Blue Devils lost to the University of Miami Hurricanes on Super Bowl Sunday, at home, in overtime, 78-74, foremost among them the 300 pounds of Reggie Johnson, poor free throw shooting, over reliance on the three-point shot and a first half filled with enough turnovers, fouls and defensive lapses to make a UNC fan’s heart pitter patter with joy and anticipation (of this Wednesday night at 9 p.m., in case you’ve suffered a recent head wound), yet despite all these symptoms, the true reason remains a mystery....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Wolfpack's road gets tougher with 55-47 home loss to Virginia

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Photo by Chris BairdState's Marissa Kastanek corrals a loose ball as Simone Egwu looks on.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH It was N.C. State that started a tradition of Super Bowl Sunday basketball games with a men’s contest at Maryland in 1973. And today the Wolfpack women’s team will continue it. It’s undoubtedly a big one, as the Wolfpack (14-9, 4-6) will take on Virginia (16-7, 4-6) for sole possession of seventh place in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coached by Duke alumna Joanne Boyle, and have been in town for the weekend after losing a tough battle at No. 23 UNC 64-56 on...

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Heels prevail at Maryland to set up showdown versus Duke

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Expect to hear a lot about the status of this guy ESPN — North Carolina and Duke will participate in one of sport’s most cherished rivalries on Wednesday night, but the Tar Heels faced one remaining obstacle on Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragtag offensive performance to fell Maryland 83-74. The Terrapins have handed the Heels disappointment and devastation in the past decade, particularly in College Park. The national champion 2009 Tar Heels weren’t able to defeat Maryland there (admittedly, a better version), and thus this year’s Heels definitely accomplished something meaningful prior to Duke. Carolina again struggled to find...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Ballad of Bzdelik: Scott Wood’s sharpshooting propels N.C. State over Wake Forest 87-76

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Lauren Carroll/Winston-Salem JournalJeff Bzdelik (beneath hands)RBC CENTER/RALEIGH—Frankly, the big story would have been if Wake Forest—losers of seven of their last nine games, including a 36-point drubbing by N.C. State three weeks ago in Winston-Salem—had beaten the Wolfpack in Raleigh Saturday afternoon. In fairness, the Demon Deacons made N.C. State work for today’s 87-76 win, a common refrain for a Wolfpack squad that hasn’t notched an easy victory since, well, three weeks ago against Wake Forest. Instead, my takeaway will be something far more mundane and perplexing. In a world where “coach-speak” and “player-speak” are the order of the day,...

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Shegog, Tar Heels hold off Wahoos to sweep season series

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Tierra Ruffin-Pratt drives past Virginia's Ariana Moorer.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC faces yet another must-win game to hold its spot in the Top 25. The No. 23 Tar Heels (16-5, 6-2 ACC) come into tonight’s televised game with Virginia (16-7, 4-5) looking to establish themselves more solidly in the ACC’s upper third with a first-round bye in next month’s tournament. It won’t likely be a cakewalk, as the Tar Heels won the teams’ first meeting 78-73 in double overtime Jan. 5 in Charlottesville. Adding spice to the cauldron is that Virginia’s first-season coach Joanne Boyle is a...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Hoop Cheese: The Twitter of our discontent, and getting ready for Duke-UNC bonfires

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

File photo by D.L. AndersonCelebrating victory over Butler. April 5, 2010.Groundhog Day came and went with the usual scorn for the holiday and our annual renewed appreciation of the minor masterpiece Bill Murray and company slipped into theaters 19 years ago. The pagans among us recall that Groundhog Day is a manifestation of the ancient practice of watching the sun go down. Forty-some days after the winter solstice marks the lowest point in meaningless non-conference games, Feb. 2 tells us that spring is on the way, and that we're halfway to the midpoint of March Madness. But spring is only...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Peters, Jackson double their fun as Duke drubs Deacons

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM With apologies to Warren Harding, Duke faces a return to normalcy tonight in women’s basketball with a home game against Wake Forest. Photo courtesy Duke athleticsDuke forward Haley PetersThe hoopla of Monday’s contest with Connecticut — in which the Blue Devils were not intimidated but shot an icy 25 percent in a 61-45 loss — is all over and it’s time to continue working on a third straight ACC title. Duke has won 26 straight conference games at Cameron and 36 against the Deacons, who have long been in the conference’s middle class under Mike Petersen. The...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Icy Tar Heels grind out road victory at Wake

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannAssists maven Kendall Marshall loves to share ESPNU — In case you feel cheated by a lackluster winter, North Carolina had you covered last night in Winston-Salem. The Tar Heels shot a frigid 31 percent from the field in a 68-53 victory over the Demon Deacons, which shot an even lousier 30 percent. In its past three road games — versus Wake, Virginia Tech and Florida State — Carolina has shot poorly in five of the six halves. Beginning with the second half against the Deacons and counting backward, here are the gruesome percentages: 28, 34,...

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