UNC’s Xylina McDaniel has been named the ACC’s rookie of the year both by the conference’s Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting largely of media members, as well as by a vote of the head coaches.
Duke’s Alexis Jones joined her on both all-freshmen teams, along with Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau and Georgia Tech’s Brittany Jackson.
Maryland split the fifth spots, with Chloe Pavlech selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel and Malina Howard by the coaches.
The ACC released its all-conference women’s basketball teams today, and it looks like maybe the coaches and media don’t get along as well as we thought.
The Blue Ribbon Panel’s All-ACC First Team, which was supposed to have 10 players has 11 because of a tie. Then there was the separate coaches’ team, which has 12 on the first unit because of more ties.
In each case, there are five players on the All-ACC Second Team.
Here’s how local players fared:
Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named to both first teams along with UNC’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
N.C. State’s Marissa Kastanek and UNC’s Xylina McDaniel were named to the first team by the coaches and the second team by the Blue Ribbon Panel, which is largely comprised of working media.
Duke’s Tricia Liston was named to both second teams, while teammate Haley Peters was on the second team selected by the Panel. Wake Forest’s Lakevia Boykin, a graduate of Southeast Raleigh High, was named to the second team by the coaches.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the regular-season finale. The Battle of the Blues. Throw out all the records because it’s for all the marbles - at least for a few days.
The classic old building will be packed to the gills this afternoon, as No. 5 Duke (26-2, 16-1) hosts No. 15 UNC (26-4, 14-3). The Blue Devils won the first meeting 84-63 on Feb. 3 in Chapel Hill.
It’s Senior Day for Blue Devil center Allison Vernerey.
Duke, which has won 17 straight at home, has clinched its fourth straight ACC regular-season title. The Tar Heels would get the No. 2 seed with the upset, but would have a coin flip with Maryland for the seed if Duke wins.
This time Duke prevails again in a game that’s often but very entertaining, holding on to win 65-58.
We’ve seen three versions of Ryan Kelly this year: the Ryan Kelly, who, before injuring his foot in January against Clemson, averaged 13.4 points per game and worked in tandem with Mason Plumlee’s post play and Seth Curry’s outside marksmanship; then, we had to watch Ryan Kelly hobble around on crutches for several weeks. Once he got rid of the crutches, we had to get used to the Ryan Kelly who wore a protective boot on his foot.
But none of those Ryan Kellys showed up on Saturday evening, in the Blue Devils 79-76 win over a Miami Hurricanes team that hardly looked like the same set of all-stars who flame-broiled the then-No.1 Blue Devils in late January. Coach K threw Kelly right back in Duke’s starting lineup and Kelly responded by putting on one the most amazing shooting performances in recent Duke history, scoring 36 points on 10-14 shooting.
Yeah, THAT Ryan Kelly made his return.
After the game, Coach K called it “one for the ages. He’d been calling Kelly a threat all season, but was still shocked, especially since Kelly had only practiced one time since he was cleared to return.
“Anybody who would do that would shock me, but for him to do it knowing what happened, that’s one of those things that just doesn’t happen. How did that happen? I don’t know how the hell that happened.”
Miami wingmen Durand Scott and Trey McKinney Jones locked down Seth Curry, keeping him to only one point in the first half, but while they were busy that, Kelly got reacquainted with his shooter’s touch, knocking down 5-of-7 first-half three-pointers.
The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle.
State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale on Nov. 30.
And East Carolina will visit the Triangle twice, visiting the Tar Heels on Sept. 28 and the Wolfpack on Nov. 23.
"It's February now; I'm not a freshman anymore.”
“Every once in a while he goes to being a freshman.”
-Mike Krzyzewski on Rasheed Sulaimon
Sunday seemed like family day at Cameron, packed with a crowd both younger and older than usual, grandparents and grandkids skipping their naps for the 2 p.m. start. They say that most teams get a six-to-eight point edge at home, but against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the advantage looked like six to eight months.
Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson aged up, racking up 41 points between them, while BC’s kids were kids again, ditching turnovers across the court like unloved toys.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The rest of the season starts for Duke tonight.
Tonight’s opponent is No. 19 Florida State (20-5, 10-4), which is coming off an attention-grabbing 80-73 win over visiting UNC on Sunday.
Juniors Richa Jackson and Tricia Liston will start on the wings for Duke tonight.
The Blue Devils struggle early but come up with a huge second-half run, escaping with a 61-50 victory.
“This is a tough week for us,” Krzyzewski said before Duke’s 83-81 loss at the hands of unranked Maryland. “I mean it’s been great, we have two wins, but travel, emotional play….” From where he sat, Duke’s impending road match against the Terps evoked last weekend’s one-point win at Boston College, where a rested, desperate and well-prepared foe failed narrowly on a missed elbow jumper and botched offensive rebound. “Hopefully we’ll be ready,” he added.
Duke didn’t look ready, and their upset at Maryland’s hands didn’t look like luck.
A Tyler Thornton three-pointer sent Duke on a surge early in the second half, followed by another long-range three from Seth Curry—giving the Blue Devils a 42-41 lead. Seven minutes into the half, Quinn Cook spotted Rasheed Sulaimon craving for a wide-open three-pointer from in front of Duke’s bench, the two connected and Sulaimon put the Blue Devils up by four points. For the rest of the game, Duke kept a small lead over the Tar Heels and dangled it in front of them, rendering the entire team helpless. James McAdoo fell for the same ole Plumlee hook shot, Hairston played waywardly and Bullock's efforts were waifish at best, despite his 15 points.
No, this Duke/ UNC go-round wasn’t a game for the ages. There were no buzzer-beaters, heated exchanges, stunning dunks (OK, maybe McAdoo’s reverse two-hander qualifies), injuries, confetti or back-flips. The craziest thing that happened was when a Cameron Crazie protested a referee’s call by throwing a plastic hand clapper on the court. I thought it was one of those curly crazy straws. Crazy, right?
Duke stole this game from UNC and the only thing worth talking about was the game’s unlikely hero, Tyler Thornton, who scored nine points on 3-4 shooting in some key moments. Later, Coach K complimented Thornton’s toughness.
“I like him because he can get angry. I don’t think players get angry like they used to...” he said. “If anger destroys something bad, it’s good. If it destroys some good than it’s bad. His anger, his competitiveness was really good for us tonight and it has been overall.” The Tar Heels could learn a lot from this. Their rival stole the biggest game of the year right out of their hands, right in front of Governor Pat McCrory. Maybe “The North Carolina Comeback” is a sham after all.
Next, Duke heads to Maryland to play theTerrapins for second time this year and the last time as long-standing ACC rivals before Maryland heads to the Big 10 Conference. Judging from their last meeting, the Blue Devils should be able to give Maryland the valedictory boot they probably deserve.
Click here for the Duke/UNC box score.
In 1963, Duke completed one of its last stages of desegregation when five African-American enrolled as undergraduates. Two years later, in 1965, Claudius B. Claiborne made the hour-and-a-half drive down from his Danville, Va. hometown to Durham and became the first African-American to play for the Duke University men’s basketball team.
Today, he works as a professor at Texas Southern University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business. On the eve of this year’s first match-up between Duke and UNC, in the on-going, storied “Battle for Tobacco Road” rivalry, I talked to Clairborne over the phone about his career as a black student-athlete at Duke during the civil rights Era, the “mongoose” offense, Coach K and Chapel Hill girls.
Why didn’t you have any contact with the graduate student? Did she just keep to herself?
There was no reason for our paths to cross. She was in the lab and that was at the other end of campus. I was an engineering student and I had no reason to go over to the chemistry department. So, yeah, I could understand. I didn’t find out until later that there were other [black] students there other than the ones we knew.
So, while you were in high school, were you aware that Duke had admitted its first black undergraduate students?
When I was in high school I was aware of Duke basketball. The reason I went there is because we used to watch the ACC on TV.
And you chose to come to Duke instead of N.C. A&T. What informed that decision?
I grew up in a basketball culture. I played for a guy named Hank Allen, who is a legendary coach in Virginia. In fact, we just made a documentary film about him. He just passed away at the age of 92. A lot of his players were very close. Fifty of us went back for the documentary, to appear in it and talk about our experiences with Coach Allen. In my senior and junior year, I think we only lost one or two games both seasons. We won three state championships in baseball. He was just an unbelievable coach. In another era, he would have been John Wooden, but because he grew up in the 1930s—he went to Hampton Institute—there just weren’t any opportunities for black coaches back then. So, I was playing for Hank Allen and because we were having this winning season—even the though the schools were segregated back then—the larger white community in Danville, Va., became aware of us and then a number of white people started to come to our games. The gym was always packed. It was always sold out. It was as hard to get into our high school gym as it is to get into Cameron now. Sometimes, I would go over there at halftime of the junior varsity games and even I would have a hard time getting in. There were so many people packed around the gym, trying to get in. They didn’t camp out overnight, but they were there starting in the early afternoon.