North Carolina to face Cincinnati on Dec. 28 in Charlotte
Blue Devils will face Texas A&M, Manziel in Chick-fil-A Bowl
Duke came into the ACC championship game with fewer negative-yardage plays than any team in the ACC, at 3.83 per game. Its very first play resulted in a one-yard loss on a run by Josh Snead. ... The rest of the game was more of the same.
SEMINOLES EXPLODE AFTER SCORELESS 1ST QUARTER, RIP DUKE
The nation’s best college football team didn’t knock out Duke with the haymaker it utilized so many times this season. ... Instead, No. 1 Florida State took care of the plucky underdogs with a series of big plays that finally subdued the No. 20 Blue Devils. ... Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Seminoles clinched a spot in the BCS National Championship game with a 45-7 win over Duke in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. ... “Obviously disappointed in the result of the game,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Not disappointed in our preparation, not disappointed in our effort.”
James Michael McAdoo hit the boards, attacked the rim and looked active on defense. It helped shake the junior free of his recent struggles, not to mention help North Carolina follow its takedown of No. 1 Michigan State with an easy home win. McAdoo had 13 points in his first double-figure scoring performance in nearly three weeks, helping the Tar Heels beat UNC Greensboro 81-50 on Saturday night.
The Duke Blue Devils were left scratching their heads after getting swept out of the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament, falling 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-22) to underdog American University Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Alfonzo Houston scored a game-high 24 points to lead N.C. Central (6-2). Jeremy Ingram scored 16 points, Jordan Parks 12 and Jay Copeland 10 for the visiting Eagles, who had won six straight.
There are games like Saturday’s 76-66 victory over Long Beach State at PNC Arena where Wolfpack fans get a glimpse of Cat Barber’s potential on both ends of the floor. Not only did he score 19 points, but he helped break open a close game in the second half and played stellar defense on the opponent’s top player.
Duke took advantage of a fast start to take a four-set victory (25-14, 25-8, 23-25, 25-19) over College of Charleston in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday.
California coach Rich Feller recorded his 600th career victory as the Cal women’s volleyball team defeated North Carolina 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Last August, Florida State hired Wilcox as its athletics director, plucking him off the staff at Duke where he was a senior deputy director of athletics. ... Wilcox’s duties at Duke included oversight of the football program and, since 2008, he and Duke coach David Cutcliffe had worked hand-in-hand to change the Blue Devils’ football fortunes.
When UNC last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro tonight (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
ACC TITLE GAME AT A GLANCE
No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, 8 p.m. Saturday (WTVD).
Coastal Division champion No. 20 Duke and Atlantic Division champion No. 1 Florida State to duel for the ACC championship with a BCS Championship Game appearance on the line for Florida State and Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Jameis Winston. Duke would win the ACC's automatic berth in the Orange Bowl with the upset.
Duke got its toughest challenge of the season for about 30 minutes in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game with Purdue. And then the second-ranked Blue Devils' depth took over. Alexis Jones scored to lead Duke in a 99-78 victory over No. 16 Purdue. Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. Duke (9-0) visits No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday. Chelsea Gray added 16 points for the Blue Devils. Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each, Tricia Liston scored 13 and Richa Jackson 11.
With the ACC championship game against No. 1 Florida State set for Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation for leading the Blue Devils to such heights.