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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Buckland, Tar Heels get revenge with rout over Georgia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s Redemption Day for UNC women’s basketball. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Megan BucklandThe No. 11 Tar Heels (16-1, 4-0) are still carrying a collective chip on their shoulder for not making the NCAA Tournament last year and starting this season unranked. And while perhaps any one more victory would have put the Sylvia Hatchell’s club into the tournament last season, it was the two losses to Georgia Tech that should have stung the most. MaChelle Joseph’s team, currently 8-7 and 1-3 after an absolute killer schedule, won 56-54 here and then 54-53 in the ACC Tournament...

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Tar Heels capture first ACC victory at FSU

Posted By on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

North Carolina improved its record to 1-2 in the ACC (11-5 overall) on Saturday, defeating Florida State in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels received timely play from sophomore P.J. Hairston (23 points) and, surprisingly, rarely-used forward Jackson Simmons, who contributed tough defense and eight points on three-for-three shooting. I'll have much more to say about this game later in the week, as the Tar Heels don't play again until next Saturday. Clearly, UNC has needed to get its act together, and perhaps Saturday finally will mark a new trajectory for the team. Click here to view the UNC/FSU box score....

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

N.C. State vs. Duke: No. 20 at home against No. 1. And No. 1 goes down. State explodes, 84-76.

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—A big, albeit early (conference) season game. It's mid-January, two months to go to March madness. Duke has already shown its toughness this season, going unbeaten against a strong schedule. With Ryan Kelly out, the Devils have some adjusting to do but nothing to prove. State has played good but not championship basketball so far — today's the day they can begin to show that they have the combination of effort and skills to conquer the ACC and maybe more. And guess what? State has it, 84-76. Coach K sums it up: Lorenzo Brown is as good a...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Tar Heels suffer a category five collapse versus Hurricanes

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

File photo by Chris BairdPaige has become more confident in recent weeksIn its most damaging loss yet this season, North Carolina fell to Miami 68-59 at home last night and dropped to 0-2 in ACC play. The game seesawed during the second half, but the Hurricanes drained a few timely three-pointers late to provide the winning margin. The Tar Heels actually played reasonably well in this game, easily the greatest indictment one could levy given the result. Unlike the previous Virginia contest, in which UNC’s determination appeared to waver, UNC stood its ground defensively and largely worked hard to get...

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Game of the season? Duke at NC State

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Every once in a while, a random search on the Internet—the place that made geeky cool—produces something truly wonderful. Today's truly wonderful find is the Duke Blue Devils Basketball Statistical Database, a resource that has been available for nearly six years but that some ignorant people found only yesterday. Not only does the database have results from every season and stats on every player going back 75 years, it also has separate pages with complete histories of Duke's record against particular opponents. That database is the primary source for our quick look at No. 1 Duke's trip to No. 20...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Carolina RailHawks, NASL announce 2013 Spring Season schedule plus Vancouver Whitecaps friendly

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Today, the Carolina RailHawks, along with the North American Soccer League, announced their 2013 Spring Schedule, which kicks off Saturday, April 6. Seven teams will compete during the spring session, which includes a total of 42 regular season games and runs through July 4. The RailHawks will play a 12-game schedule that comprises an equal number of home and away matches. The RailHawks opens their 2013 campaign on April 6 on the road against the defending NASL champion Tampa Bay Rowdies, thus avoiding having to market a home match during NCAA Final Four weekend. Carolina’s first game at WakeMed Soccer...

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Rountree's late free throws help UNC hold off scrappy Wolfpack

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will host archrival UNC tonight in another one of those contests where, like the old cliché says, you can throw out all the records. For No. 11 UNC (15-1, 3-0 ACC), which came into the season with a big chip on its shoulder after not playing in the post-season in 2012 and was unranked to start the campaign, it’s a chance to take one more step toward the nation’s Top 10. For the Wolfpack (8-7, 0-3), it’s a chance to jump-start its fortunes in the ACC. Kellie Harper’s club has suffered twoPhoto by Chris BairdState’s Marissa...

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Avoiding a Wreck: N.C. State downs Georgia Tech 83-70

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

File photo by Chris BairdN.C. State's Lorenzo BrownPNC ARENA/RALEIGH—For 32 game minutes between No. 20 N.C. State and Georgia Tech, it looked as though history might repeat itself. Last year, the Yellow Jackets came into PNC Arena on a Wednesday night in January and shocked the Wolfpack by handing them a loss that snapped the Pack’s six-game winning streak. This year, Mark Gottfried’s team entered with an eight-game winning streak and a national ranking. But once again, the Ramblin’ Wreck gave the Wolfpack all they could handle throughout a hard-nosed match that saw 11 ties and 14 lead changes. It...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The One but not done: Rodney Purvis is the X factor to N.C. State's ultimate success

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

File photo by Chris BairdN.C. State's Rodney Purvis“Ill always remember those who were there for me thru thick and thin. Which is a short list.”— @rpurvis_0, 11:34 p.m., Jan. 7, 2013 As the N.C. State Wolfpack embark on ACC play, the question remains how the Wolfpack can morph from late-season upstarts into the nationally ranked contenders that many foresaw before this campaign. Fourteen games into the season, the roles for the team’s regulars are largely defined: Scott Wood is the sharpshooter; Lorenzo Brown is the playmaking distributor; Richard Howell is the tenacious rebounder; C.J. Leslie, the team’s leading scorer, remains...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Duke hit with ugly stick in 28-point win over Clemson

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

File photo by Al DragoQuinn Cook, in action last seasonCAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/ DURHAM—In one of the strangest games ever played at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke and Clemson put on a clinic, in a neighborhood rec center clinic kind of way: two awkward-looking groups of young men staggering around trying to put an enormous ball in a very small basket. And for grand stretches of a first half that ended with a historic score of Duke 25, Clemson 10, it looked like the two coaches had made a secret clinical agreement to have their team ignore the overrated business of points...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Duke is solid, Tar Heels up, Wolfpack needs a jump-start

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

The halfway point of the regular season is almost here for ACC women’s basketball, and three things are pretty clear about the Triangle’s entries. Duke is just as good as advertised. UNC may be better than most people expected. And N.C. State, although a decent team, needs to get things turned around quickly to avoid a tough March. Duke stays perfectFollowing a 90-53 road shellacking of a much improved Boston College team in which junior guard Chelsea Gray matched a conference record with her second career triple-double, No. 3 Duke is the only unbeaten Division I women’s basketball team in...

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Heels sputter in ACC opener versus Cavaliers

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

File photo by Arianna HoffmannJames Michael McAdoo must score more consistently for UNC to win on the roadYou might have been suckered. I have to admit, I was a little suckered. When North Carolina defeated UNLV at home just before the new year, the Tar Heels evinced a newfound toughness and defensive zeal. Those traits had been absent during the team’s three prior defeats, and many speculated that perhaps they’d begun to turn the corner. But UNC’s first ACC contest, a 61-52 defeat at Virginia, invoked painful memories both from this season and from the 2009-2010, NIT-bound disaster. Carolina fell...

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Caniacs rejoice! Hockey's back!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 6:37 AM

RALEIGH—Caniacs will be smiling today. After 113 days, the National Hockey League lockout is over. Photo by Rob RoweCam Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes will return to the ice now that the lockout is over.Sunday brought that happy news as well as an unfamiliar sight to PNC Arena. Men in red and black uniforms, on ice skates, were already slinging a puck around. The Carolina Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate Charlotte Checkers coincidentally played a long-scheduled game in Raleigh, defeating the Norfolk Admirals 3-1. The first-place Checkers took the ice just hours after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players'...

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tar Heels score just 48 points but repel feisty Virginia Tech

Posted By on Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC is riding high after a mild upset of No. 8 Maryland here three nights ago. And today the Tar Heels (14-1, 2-0 ACC) will host an up-and-coming Virginia Tech squad (7-6, 1-1) that is making big strides in Dennis Wolff’s second season at the helm. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC guard Tierra Ruffin-PrattThe Hokies, who have played a solid schedule, will come in with a chip on their collective shoulder after a four-point road loss to archrival Virginia on Thursday night. Junior Uju Ugoka, a Nigerian who became eligible at the semester after a transfer from Gulf...

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Duke shows Wake Forest how to rule the ACC: 80-62

Posted By on Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM

File photo by Al DragoRyan Kelly, seen during an intrasquad game last seasonCAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik sang Ryan Kelly’s praises through Cameron Indoor Stadium’s roof following his Demon Deacons’ 80-62 loss against the No. 1 Blue Devils. “He’s like a point guard out there, because when he catches the basketball he can do a lot of things with it,” said Coach Bzdelik. “He’s smart, he’s skilled, he stretches you out, he’s a great leader.” Kelly only played a total of 18 minutes, and fouled out with 7:20 remaining in the game, but Coach Mike Krzyzewski believed...

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Commentary: The Blue Devils' big bail-out fallacy, or why Mason Plumlee can't save them

Posted By on Sat, Jan 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

File photo by Al DragoSeth Curry during the 2012 ACC TournamentWe don’t want to be too hard on the kid, but before we start talking about Mason Plumlee receiving national player of the year honors, we should probably build a better case of why he shouldn’t be considered for the award for the sake of saving both him and Duke from what could be a very different second half of the season. Like Coach Krzyzewski always mentions, Duke is a beatable team and we might see one of these losses occur over the next couple of weeks. More than likely,...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Commentary: ACC will struggle to get five bids

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Here's the good news: the start of the ACC men's basketball regular season is finally here, with five games Saturday afternoon and another Sunday evening. Here's the bad news: Just two of those games involve matchups between two teams in the national top 100, going by the Sagarin ratings. Those matchups are Miami (No. 26) at Georgia Tech (No. 72), and North Carolina (No. 46) at Virginia (No. 61). Four league schools—Clemson, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Wake, are outside the top 100, between No. 109 (Clemson) and No. 163. These numbers are not likely to fundamentally change, since for...

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wolfpack battles hard before Duke pulls out a tough road win

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke’s Haley Peters blocks a Krystal Barrett shot while State’s Kody Burke (44) and the Blue Devils’ Tricia Liston (32) look on.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH It’s the first of the season’s showdowns between the Triangle’s ACC teams.No. 3 Duke (11-0, 1-0 ACC) will be a solid favorite tonight against host N.C. State (8-5, 0-1), and the Blue Devils have a score to settle against a team that always seems to give them fits whenever the game isn’t in Durham. The Wolfpack’s biggest win in quite a while came in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum last...

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